Basic Russian

Learn basic Russian words and phrases. Check out the examples for each word and phrase to make sure you got it right. Practice the pronunciation with the audio recordings.

This basic Russian vocabulary will teach you how to say hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and many other essential Russian words.

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узна́ть [uz-nát'] Verb , perfective
to learn, to get to know, find out; to recognize
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съесть [s-yest'] Verb , perfective
to eat (up)
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но́вость [nó-vast'] Noun , feminine
piece of news, news
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ти́хо [tée-ha] Adverb
quietly, softly, gently, silently; slowly
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гро́мко [gróm-ka] Adverb
loud, loudly
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до́брый ве́чер [dób-ryî vyé-chyer] Phrase
good evening
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хоро́шего дня! [ha-ró-shee-va dnya] Phrase
Have a good day!
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до свида́ния [da svee-dá-nee-ya] Phrase
goodbye
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добро́ пожа́ловать [dab-ró pa-zhá-la-vat'] Phrase
welcome
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до́брый день [dób-ryî dyen'] Phrase
good afternoon, good day, hello
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не за что [nye za chto] Phrase
don't mention it, there is nothing to thank me for, no problem
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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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осторо́жно [as-ta-rózh-na] Adverb
carefully, cautiously; with care!; be careful!; watch out!
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как дела́? [kak dee-lá] Phrase
how are you?
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прия́тно познако́миться [pree-yát-na paz-na-kó-mee-tsa] Phrase
nice to meet you
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до́брое у́тро [dób-ra-ye út-ra] Phrase
good morning
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на́до [ná-da] Predicate noun
(one) must, (one) need, it is necessary
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коне́чно [ka-nyéch-na] Adjective
of course, sure
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пока́ [pa-ká] Particle
bye (informal)
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прия́тного аппети́та [pree-yát-na-va ap-pee-tée-ta] Phrase
enjoy your meal, bon appetit
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извини́ть [eez-vee-néet'] Verb , perfective
to pardon, to excuse
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норма́льно [nar-mál-na] Adverb
normally, properly; it's ok, normal
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здра́вствуйте [zdrá-stvuî-tye] Interjection , informal - "здра́вствуй"
hello; good morning / afternoon / evening
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споко́йной но́чи [spa-kóî-naî nó-chee] Phrase
good night! (lit. - quiet night!, said before going to bed)
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приве́т [pree-vyét] Interjection
hello, hi
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пожа́луйста [pa-zhá-lus-ta] Particle
please; you're welcome
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отли́чно [at-léech-na] Adverb
excellent, very good, perfect, great
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поня́тно [pa-nyát-na] Adverb
clear, understandable; I see!
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спаси́бо [spa-sée-ba] Particle
thanks, thank you
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хорошо́ [ha-ra-shó] Adverb
good, well

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