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

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

пока́ [pa-ká] Particle
bye (informal)
осторо́жно [as-ta-rózh-na] Adverb
carefully, cautiously; with care!; be careful!; watch out!
пожа́луйста [pa-zhá-lus-ta] Particle
please; you're welcome
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!)

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