Russian phrases

Learn Russian phrases from our Russian Word of the Day series. Every phrase comes with an image, two examples and audio.

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по карма́ну [pa kar-má-nu] Phrase
affordable
мыть посу́ду [myt' pa-sú-du] Phrase
to do the dishes
па́дать ду́хом / упа́сть ду́хом [pá-dat' dú-ham / u-pást' dú-ham] Phrase
to despond, to lose courage / heart
вверх ногами [vyerh na-gá-mee] Phrase
upside down, head over heels
разби́ть се́рдце [raz-béet' syér-tse] Phrase
to break the heart
ква́шеная капу́ста [kvá-she-na-ya ka-pús-ta] Phrase
sauerkraut, sour cabbage
так себе́ [tak see-byé] Phrase
кача́ть права́ [ka-chát' pra-vá] Phrase
(slang) persistently demand something referring to one's rights
из рук вон пло́хо [eez ruk von pló-ha] Phrase
quite wretched(ly), bad as bad could be
и и́же с ни́ми [ee ée-zhe s née-mee] Phrase
and of their ilk, and others like them
как попа́ло [kak pa-pá-la] Phrase
anyhow, at random, haphazard, any which way
так держа́ть [tak deer-zhát'] Phrase
Keep it up! Stick at it!
ну и ну [nu ee nu] Phrase
(expresses surprise, possibly disapproval)
на са́мом де́ле [na sá-mam dyé-lye] Phrase
as a matter of fact, in fact, actually, in reality
стро́ить гла́зки [stró-eet' glás-kee] Phrase
to make eyes, to flirt
сам не свой [sam nye svoi] Phrase
not himself, beside himself
так сойдёт [tak sai-dyót] Phrase
that will do, let well alone
вы́йти за́муж [výi-tee zá-muzh] Phrase
to get married (for women)
ух ты [uh ty] Phrase
expresses amazement and surprise
вот э́то да [vot é-ta da] Phrase
expresses amazement and surprise
ну вот [nu vot] Phrase
expresses disappointment
обруча́льное кольцо́ [ab-ru-chál'na-ye kal'-tsó] Phrase neuter
wedding ring
ещё чего́ [ye-schó chee-vó] Phrase
expresses a sharp disagreement, protest, displeasure with smth.
ну ты даёшь [nu ty da-yósh] Phrase
expresses surprise with someone
вот оно́ что [vot a-nó chto] Phrase
expresses amazement, surprise, admiration
вот те на [vot tye na] Phrase
expresses surprise
вот оно́ как [vot a-nó kak] Phrase
expresses surprise or amazement (about just learned facts)
да ну тебя́ [da nu tee-býa] Phrase
expresses annoyance, disappointment, displeasure
ма́ло ли [má-la lee] Phrase
expresses uncertainty (~who knows?)
кача́ть пресс [ka-chát' pryes] Phrase
to work the abdomen, to do sit-ups
ну на́до же [nu ná-da zhe] Phrase
~oh, oh dear, my goodness (expresses surprise)