How to say "I don’t understand" in Russian

To say I don’t understand in Russian, use the following phrase:

Я не понима́ю.
[ya nye pa-nee-má-yu]
I don’t understand.

Понима́ю comes from the verb понима́ть (to understand).

Let’s see how you can be more verbose:

Прости́те, я не понима́ю, вы не могли́ бы повтори́ть?
[pra-stée-tye, ya nye pa-nee-má-yu, vy nye mag-lée by paf-ta-réet’]
I’m sorry, I don’t understand, could you repeat it please?

Я не понима́ю, вы могли́ бы говори́ть поме́дленнее?
[ya nye pa-nee-má-yu, vy mag-lée by ga-va-réet’ pa-myéd-leen-nye-ye]
I don’t understand, could you speak a bit slower?

Я с трудо́м понима́ю бы́струю речь, вы не могли́ бы поме́дленнее?
[ya s tru-dóm pa-nee-má-yu býst-ru-yu ryech’, vy nye mag-lée by pa-myéd-leen-nye-ye]
I hardly understand fast speech, could you speak a bit slower?

Извини́те, я не понима́ю, вы могли́ бы э́то написа́ть?
[eez-vee-née-tye, ya nye pa-nee-má-yu, vy mag-lée by ét-a na-pee-sát’]
I’m sorry, I don’t understand. Could you write it down please?

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