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!

Useful information

"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.

"Здравствуйте" is a formal way to say hello. 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".

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Related words and phrases

отли́чно [at-léech-na] Adverb
excellent, very good, perfect, great
за́нято [zá-nee-ta] Adverb
busy, occupied
извини́ть [eez-vee-néet'] Verb , perfective
to pardon, to excuse
пока́ [pa-ká] Particle
bye (informal)

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