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

"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

коне́чно [ka-nyéch-na] Adjective
of course, sure
норма́льно [nar-mál-na] Adverb
normally, properly; it's ok, normal
поня́тно [pa-nyát-na] Adverb
clear, understandable; I see!
прия́тного аппети́та [pree-yát-na-va ap-pee-tée-ta] Phrase
enjoy your meal, bon appetit

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