how to pronounce быль


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the above transcription of быль 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.

быль is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… них нету в описании быль был набор …”

meanings of быль


  1. Bylina, epic story.
  2. True story, fact.

быль frequency in russian - C2+ level of CEFR

the word быль occurs in russian on average 1.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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