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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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
так де́ло не пойдёт [tak dyé-la nye paî-dyót] Phrase
that won't do; this way we won't go far
отда́ть до́лжное [at-dát' dólzh-na-ye] Phrase
to give/render somebody his due, to pay tribute to
па́льчики обли́жешь [pal'-chee-kee ab-lée-zhesh] Phrase
you'll love it!, it's delicious!
про запа́с [pro za-pás] Phrase
in store / reserve, for future use
не пода́ть ви́ду [nye pa-dát' vée-du] Phrase
to hide one's state or emotions
стира́льный порошо́к [stee-rál'nyî pa-ra-shók] Phrase
detergent, washing powder
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