Most common Russian words

Learn most common Russian words with examples and audio! Every word comes with a picture, transcription, translation in English, two examples and audio recorded by a native Russian speaker.

These are the words from the list of 2000 most common Russian words.

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суме́ть [su-myét'] Verb , perfective
to be able, to manage, to succeed
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смочь [smoch'] Verb , perfective
to be able to
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мочь [moch] Verb , imperfective
to be able, can
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есть [yest'] Verb , imperfective
to eat
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да [da] Particle , can be also an interjection with the meaning "and" or "but"
yes; sometimes used to amplify what was said (without "yes" meaning)
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нет [nyet] Particle
no
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дава́ть [da-vát'] Verb , imperfective
to give
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дать [dat'] Verb , perfective
to give
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рабо́та [ra-bó-ta] Noun , feminine
work, job
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де́лать [dyé-lat'] Verb , imperfective
to do, to make
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всегда́ [vseeg-dá] Adverb
always
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челове́к [chee-la-vyék] Noun , masculine
person, man, human being, individual
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друг [druk] Noun , masculine
friend
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шту́ка [shtú-ka] Noun , feminine
thing, piece, item
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жизнь [zheezn'] Noun , feminine
life
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де́ло [dyé-la] Noun , neuter
matter, duty, concern, business, case, situation, act, deed
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когда́ [kag-dá] Adverb , or conjunction
when
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быть [byt'] Verb , imperfective
to be
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большо́й [bal'-shóî] Adjective
big, large
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ма́ло [má-la] Adverb
little, not enough, not much
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мно́го [mnó-ga] Adverb
many, much, a lot, plenty
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шути́ть [shu-téet'] Verb , imperfective
to joke
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нра́виться [nrá-vee-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to be liked
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хоте́ть [ha-tyét'] Verb , imperfective
to want
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го́род [górat] Noun , masculine
city, town
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у́лица [ú-lee-tsa] Noun , feminine
street

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