how to pronounce была


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the above transcription of была is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

была is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of была in a speech by a native speaker of standard russian:

“… я еще ну то есть я была одета ты ты не …”

meanings of была


  1. Feminine singular past indicative imperfective of быть (bytʹ).

была frequency in russian - A1 level of CEFR

the word была occurs in russian on average 1008.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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