What is your name? in Russian: How to say?

Jun 23, 2020
What is your name?

To ask What’s your name? in Russian, you need to make a distinction about who you are talking to.

In informal situations (between friends or talking to people younger than you) you can say:

Как тебя́ зову́т?
[kak tee-byá za-vóot]
What’s your name?

In formal situations (talking to strangers, people older than you, etc.) you can say:

Как вас зову́т?
[kak vas za-vóot]
What’s your name?

The difference between two options is in the pronoun you use:

тебя́ comes from ты – informal you
вас comes from вы – formal or plural you

To learn more about this topic, follow these links:
How to introducing yourself in Russian
Making friends in Russian

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