Basic Russian

Learn basic Russian words and phrases. Check out the examples for each word and phrase to make sure you got it right. Practice the pronunciation with the audio recordings.

This basic Russian vocabulary will teach you how to say hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and many other essential Russian words.

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но́вость [nó-vast'] Noun , feminine
piece of news, news
ти́хо [tée-ha] Adverb
quietly, softly, gently, silently; slowly
гро́мко [gróm-ka] Adverb
loud, loudly
до́брый ве́чер [dób-ryî vyé-chyer] Phrase
good evening
хоро́шего дня! [ha-ró-shee-va dnya] Phrase
Have a good day!
до свида́ния [da svee-dá-nee-ya] Phrase
goodbye
добро́ пожа́ловать [dab-ró pa-zhá-la-vat'] Phrase
welcome
до́брый день [dób-ryî dyen'] Phrase
good afternoon, good day, hello
не за что [nye za chto] Phrase
don't mention it, there is nothing to thank me for, no problem
будь здоро́в! / бу́дьте здоро́вы! [but' zda-róf / bút'-tye zda-ró-vy] Phrase , for a woman - будь здоро́ва
bless you! (after somebody sneezes, lit. - be healthy!)
осторо́жно [as-ta-rózh-na] Adverb
carefully, cautiously; with care!; be careful!; watch out!
как дела́? [kak dee-lá] Phrase
how are you?
прия́тно познако́миться [pree-yát-na paz-na-kó-mee-tsa] Phrase
nice to meet you
до́брое у́тро [dób-ra-ye út-ra] Phrase
good morning
на́до [ná-da] Predicate noun
(one) must, (one) need, it is necessary
коне́чно [ka-nyéch-na] Adjective
of course, sure
пока́ [pa-ká] Particle
bye (informal)
прия́тного аппети́та [pree-yát-na-va ap-pee-tée-ta] Phrase
enjoy your meal, bon appetit
извини́ть [eez-vee-néet'] Verb , perfective
to pardon, to excuse
норма́льно [nar-mál-na] Adverb
normally, properly; it's ok, normal
здра́вствуйте [zdrá-stvuî-tye] Interjection , informal - "здра́вствуй"
hello; good morning / afternoon / evening
споко́йной но́чи [spa-kóî-naî nó-chee] Phrase
good night! (lit. - quiet night!, said before going to bed)
приве́т [pree-vyét] Interjection
hello, hi
пожа́луйста [pa-zhá-lus-ta] Particle
please; you're welcome
отли́чно [at-léech-na] Adverb
excellent, very good, perfect, great
поня́тно [pa-nyát-na] Adverb
clear, understandable; I see!
спаси́бо [spa-sée-ba] Particle
thanks, thank you
хорошо́ [ha-ra-shó] Adverb
good, well
свобо́дно [sva-bód-na] Adverb
vacant, free, freely; loose, loosely
за́нято [zá-nee-ta] Adverb
busy, occupied

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