Basic Russian

Learn basic Russian words and phrases with our ‘Russian word of the day‘ series. Every word and phrase comes with a picture, two examples and audio. Available in three languages: English, Spanish and French.

де́ло [dyé-la] Noun , neuter
matter, duty, concern, business, case, situation, act, deed
улы́бка [u-lýp-ka] Noun , feminine
зе́ркало [zyér-ka-la] Noun , neuter
mirror
уда́ча [u-dá-cha] Noun , feminine
(good) luck, success, good fortune
сон [son] Noun , masculine
dream, sleep
уста́ть [us-tát'] Verb , perfective
to get tired
кани́кулы [ka-née-ku-ly] Noun , plural
vacation, holidays, recess
хоте́ться [ha-tyét'-sya] Verb , imperfective
to feel like something/doing something
ду́мать [dú-mat'] Verb , imperfective
to think
шути́ть [shu-téet'] Verb , imperfective
to joke
занима́ться [za-nee-má-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to be busy with, to deal, to practice, to be engaged/involved, to study
у́мный [úm-nyi] Adjective
clever, intelligent
купи́ть [ku-péet'] Verb , imperfective
to buy, to purchase
опа́здывать [a-páz-dy-vat'] Verb , imperfective
to be late, to be overdue
успе́ть [us-pyét'] Verb , perfective
to have time, to be in time
захоте́ться [za-ha-tyé-tsa] Verb , perfective
to feel like, to crave for
встреча́ться [vstree-chá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to meet, to see, to date (somebody)
прия́тный [pree-yát-nyi] Adjective
pleasant, agreeable, nice