Russian phrases

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

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не ахти́ [nye ah-tée] Phrase
nothing special, so-so
по пути́ [pa pu-tée] Phrase
on the way, in passing; the same direction
високо́сный год [vee-sa-kós-nyî got] Phrase
привести́ себя́ в фо́рму [pree-vees-tée see-byá v fór-mu] Phrase
to get in shape, to shape up
силова́я трениро́вка [see-la-vá-ya tree-nee-róf-ka] Phrase
weight training
день рожде́ния [dyen' razh-dyé-nee-ya] Phrase
birthday
чуть не [chut' nye] Phrase
nearly, almost
кишка́ тонка́ [keesh-ká tan-ká] Phrase
not enough strength, abilities, means (to do something)
по-ру́сски [pa-rús-kee] Phrase
in Russian
сде́лать предложе́ние [sdyé-lat' preed-la-zhé-nee-ye] Phrase
to propose
споко́йной но́чи [spa-kóî-naî nó-chee] Phrase
good night! (lit. - quiet night!, said before going to bed)
так тебе́ и на́до [tak tee-byé ee ná-da] Phrase
you asked for it!, it serves you right!
за́дним число́м [zád-neem chees-lóm] Phrase
post factum, backdating
бой кура́нтов [boî ku-rán-taf] Phrase
но́вый год [nó-vyî got] Phrase
наряжа́ть ёлку [na-ree-zhát' yól-ku] Phrase
to decorate a Christmas tree
дед Mоро́з [dyed ma-róz] Phrase
Russian Santa Claus (Grandfather Frost)
за́дом наперёд [zá-dam na-pee-ryót] Phrase
back to front, backwards