Russian word of the day: Здравствуйте

Feb 10, 2018

How to say 

"Hello" in Russian

здра́вствуйте

zdrá-stvuî-tye

Interjection , informal - "здра́вствуй"

hello; good morning / afternoon / evening

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Examples

  • Здра́вствуйте, как добра́лись?

    zdrá-stvúî-tye, kak da-bra-lées'

    Hello, how was your trip here?

  • Здра́вствуй, Ната́ша, давно́ не ви́делись!

    zdrá-stvúî, Na-tá-sha, dav-nó nye vée-dee-lees'

    Hello, Natasha, long time no see!

Additional examples

More Russian sentences with the words that contain "здравствуй".

  • Здра́вствуйте, меня́ зову́т Татья́на. - Я Мари́я, прия́тно познако́миться.

    zdrá-stvúî-tye, mee-nyá za-vút tat'-yá-na. - ya ma-rée-ya, pree-yát-na paz-na-kó-mee-tsa

    Hello, my name is Tatyana. - I'm Maria, nice to meet you.

Useful information

Saying "hello" in Russian depends on who you are talking to. "Здравствуйте" is a formal way to say hello which should be used with people you don't know, people that are older than you, or anyone else who you keep a formal relationship with. If you meet your friend, relative or a person that's considerably younger than you, you can say "здравствуй" (very polite) or simply "привет" which means "hi".

"Здравствуйте" comes from the word "здоровье" (health) and literally means "I wish you health" or "be healthy". So every time you say hello in Russian you actually wish people to be healthy.

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Related words and phrases

хоро́шего дня! [ha-ró-shee-va dnya] Phrase
Have a good day!
спаси́бо [spa-sée-ba] Particle
thanks, thank you
нельзя́ [neel'-zyá] Predicate noun
not allowed, one cannot, one should not
на́до [ná-da] Predicate noun
(one) must, (one) need, it is necessary

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