1.9 - The soft sign

The soft sign ь doesn't have a sound of its own, but (as its name suggests) it softens (or palatalises) the consonant which it follows. Look at the pairs below and click on the loudspeaker symbols to hear the differences in sound. You will already be familiar with the first letter/sound in each pair.

ддь
ззь
л ль
ннь
ссь
тть
цць
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