Russian imperfective verbs

Learn Russian imperfective verbs from our series “Russian Word of the Day”. Every verb comes with two examples and audio.

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дразни́ть [draz-néet'] Verb , imperfective
to tease, to mock
ошиба́ться [a-shee-bá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to be mistaken, to make mistakes
пры́гать [prý-gat'] Verb , imperfective
to jump, to hop, to bounce
покупа́ть [pa-ku-pát'] Verb , imperfective
to buy, to purchase
бежа́ть [bee-zhát'] Verb , imperfective , unidirectional
to run, to be running
ревнова́ть [reev-na-vát'] Verb , imperfective
to be jealous
говори́ть [ga-va-réet'] Verb , imperfective
to talk, to speak
чита́ть [chee-tát'] Verb , imperfective
to read
гла́дить [glá-deet'] Verb , imperfective
to pat, to caress; to iron
танцева́ть [tan-tse-vát'] Verb , imperfective
ска́чивать [ská-chee-vat'] Verb , imperfective
to download (colloquial)
молча́ть [mal-chat'] Verb , imperfective
to be / to keep / to remain silent
зави́довать [za-vée-da-vat'] Verb , imperfective
to envy, to be envious / jealous
тошни́ть [tash-néet'] Verb , imperfective , used only in 3d person with the Genitive (меня/тебя/его тошнит)
to be/to feel sick/nauseated/nauseous
наслажда́ться [na-slazh-dá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to enjoy, to relish, to delight, to revel
звать [zvat'] Verb , imperfective
to call
просыпа́ться [pra-sy-pá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
таска́ть [tas-kat' ] Verb , imperfective
to carry, to drug, to pull; to wear

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