how to pronounce нельзя


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the above transcription of нельзя 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.

нельзя is pronounced in two syllables

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

“… 20 20 кстати их нельзя купить отдельном …”

meanings of нельзя


  1. One cannot.
  2. It is impossible (perfective aspect), one cannot, you can't.
  3. It is prohibited (imperfective aspect), it is forbidden, it is not allowed, one must not.

нельзя frequency in russian - A1 level of CEFR

the word нельзя occurs in russian on average 214.6 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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