The charts below show the way in which the
International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Belarusian language pronunciations in Wikipedia articles.
Belarusian phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds of Belarusian.
 English equivalents
bir ds, a dze
loot; lute (for some dialects)
noon; new (for some dialects)
trilled r, like in Spanish
soup; super (for some dialects)
tsunami, ca ts
ba ch; huge (for some dialects).
zoo; a zure (for some dialects)
goo; a gue
ˈ Stress (placed before the stressed syllable)
Gemination (doubled consonant)
↑ Belarusian makes contrasts between
palatalized ("soft") and unpalatalized ("hard") consonants. Palatalized consonants, denoted by a superscript j, ‹ ʲ› , are pronounced with the body of the tongue raised toward the hard palate, in a manner similar to the articulation of the y sound in yes. /j/ is also considered soft. /d, t, d͡ʒ, t͡ʃ, r, ʃ, ʒ/ are always hard.
↑ अ आ इ
/v/ and /l/ merge into /w/ ‹ў› when in the syllable coda.
↑ अ आ इ Unstressed
/ɛ/ and /ɔ/ are reduced to [a]. Unlike Russian, this is reflected in writing.
↑ अ आ
[i] and [ɨ] are in complementary distribution: [i] occurs word-initially and after soft consonants; [ɨ] occurs after hard consonants.
↑ The "soft" vowel letters ‹я, е, і, ё, ю› represent a
/j/ plus a vowel when initial or following other vowels.
↑ Nine Belarusian consonants can be contrastively geminated:
/d͡zʲː, lʲː, nʲː, sʲː, ʃː, t͡sʲː, t͡ʃʲː, zʲː, ʒː/.