how to pronounce чем


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the above transcription of чем 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.

чем is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… или они не поняли о чем не писал либо я …”

meanings of чем


  1. Than.
  2. Instead of, rather.


  1. Instrumental of что (što).

чем frequency in russian - A1 level of CEFR

the word чем occurs in russian on average 1068.5 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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