The vowels are listed in alphabetical order. Please notice that the vowels also occur in hard/soft pairs: a/я, э/e, o/ё, ы/и, y/ю.
Russian, like English, reduces unstressed vowels. When vowels are unstressed, they are often pronounced like sofa (if hard) or moiety (if soft). There are occasional silent letters, but not nearly as many as in English.