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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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
я́бедничать [ya-beed-nee-cheet'] Verb , imperfective
to report another's wrongdoing
па́риться [pá-ree-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to take a steam bath, to sweat; (slang) to worry
пла́кать [plá-kat'] Verb , imperfective
to cry, to weep
е́хать [yé-hat'] Verb , imperfective
to drive, to ride, to go (by vehicle)
дружи́ть [dru-zhéet'] Verb , imperfective
to be friends
ворча́ть [var-chát'] Verb , imperfective
to grumble, to growl, to grouse, to snarl
де́лать [dyé-lat'] Verb , imperfective
to do, to make

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