Nina asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 8 years ago

Is K substituted as C in Russian?

Just curious as most Russians I know use a K in their name instead of a C.

e.g. Nik instead of Nick/Nic, Viktoria instead of Victoria. And so on. Why is it K is used instead of C? Or is it just the parents preference?

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  • 8 years ago
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    it's not K instead of C, it's just K. names are transliterated as they sound, and russian к is the same as english k. why do english speakers spell it with C is another question, related to english reading rules which is often "weird". (one letter can make very different sounds, but in russian it's not so and one name can't be spelled by dozen different ways as in english)

    if you look on original greek name Νικολαος - there's no C either, but every nation adapt names to their sounds/alphabets/spelling rules

    in russian those names are Nikolay (Николай) and Viktoriya (Виктория), without C, and that's it...

  • 8 years ago

    Whereas in English C and K have various uses, C in Russian stands for S and nothing else. In English, a C only as as S when it comes before a vowel, but Russian language doesn't have this rule.

    So for Vi(с)toria, you'll have to use K: Ви(к)тория

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