While Russian uses the same alphabet and shares words with Church Slavonic, some differences in pronunciation are noteworthy:
- There is no vowel reduction, so "е" and "о" are pronounced the same under stress and not under stress
- No word-final devoicing
- The letter ё does not exist
- The letter г can be pronounced as a voiced fricative velar sound or devoiced to a [х] sound as in Бог, often pronounced [Бох]
- The г in the endings -его and -ого is pronounced as written instead of as a [v] sound as it is pronounced in standard Russian.