Have fun in Russian: How to say?

Jun 27, 2020
Have fun

The idea of having fun can be expressed in multiple ways in Russian.

The most straightforward ones are:

весели́ться / повесели́ться
[vee-see-lée-tsa / pa-vee-see-lée-tsa]
to enjoy oneself, to amuse oneself, to make oneself merry, to have fun
comes from the word весе́льеjoy, merry, fun

забавля́ться
[za-ba-vlyá-tsa]
to amuse oneself, to make oneself merry
comes from the word заба́ваamusement, fun, pastime

The next one is a bit long but, probably, is the closest to the original meaning of “have fun”:

хорошо́ проводи́ть вре́мя / хорошо́ провести́ вре́мя
[ha-ra-shó pra-va-déet’ vryé-mya / ha-ra-shó pra-vees-tée vryé-mya]
to have a good time

The next three are not so obvious but sometimes can be translated as “have fun” or used with a close meaning:

ра́доваться / пора́доваться
[rá-da-va-tsa]
to be happy, to rejoice
comes from the word ра́достьjoy, gladness, pleasure

Sometimes ра́доваться means to enjoy something:

ра́доваться прогу́лке
[rá-da-va-tsa pra-gúl-kye]
to enjoy walking

отдыха́ть / отдохну́ть
[at-dy-hát]
to rest, to relax, to take a break

In the sense of having fun, отдыха́ть / отдохну́ть are often used with the word хорошо́ (good/well):

хорошо́ отдохну́ть
[ha-ra-shó at-dah-nút’]
to have a good time, to have fun

расслабля́ться / рассла́биться
[ras-lab-lyá-tsa]
to relax

When расслабля́ться / рассла́биться are used in the meaning “have fun”, it means mostly active types of relaxing, like letting go of worries or “cutting loose”.

The next expression is slang:

отрыва́ться / оторва́ться
[at-ry-vá-tsa]
to have a good time, to have fun, to cut loose, to have a blast

Literally, отрыва́ться / оторва́ться means to come off, to tear off, to be torn off. You can learn more about this word here.

And the last one that comes from the word дура́к which means fool:

дура́читься
[du-rá-chee-tsa]
to fool around

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Related Russian words

дура́читься [durácheetsa] Verb , imperfective
to fool around, to play tricks, to play the fool
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весели́ться [veeseeléetsa] Verb , imperfective
to enjoy oneself, to have fun (a good time)
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ра́доваться [rádavatsa] Verb , imperfective
to be happy, to rejoice
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рассла́биться [raslábeetsa] Verb , perfective
to relax

Examples of "have fun" in Russian

  • Мы прико́льно отдохну́ли на да́че.

    my preekól'na atdahnúlee na dáchye

    We had a good time at the dacha.

  • Они́ весели́лись, дура́чились и соверше́нно не спеши́ли домо́й.

    anée veeseeléelees', durácheelees' ee saveershénna nye speeshéelee damóî

    They had fun, fooled around and were not in a hurry to go home.

  • Они́ весели́лись как де́ти.

    anée veeseeléelees' kak dyétee

    They had fun like children do.

  • Они́ танцева́ли и весели́лись всю ночь.

    anée tantseválee ee veeseeléelees' fsyu noch

    They danced and had fun all night long.

  • Зря ты вчера́ не пришёл, бы́ло ве́село.

    zrya ty fcheerá nye preeshól, býla vyéseela

    You missed out not coming yesterday, it was fun.

  • Лю́ди в Росси́и и пра́вда уме́ют весели́ться.

    lyúdee v rasséeee ee právda umyéyut veeseeléetsa

    People in Russia really know how to have fun.

  • Рассла́бься, мы обо всём позабо́тимся.

    rasláp'sya, my aba fsyóm pazabóteemsya

    Relax, we will take care of everything.

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