How to say 

"Hello" in Russian

Russian word of the day | Feb 10, 2018
здра́вствуйте
[ zdrá-stvuî-tye ]
Interjection , informal - "здра́вствуй"
hello (formal); good morning / afternoon / evening
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Useful information

Saying "hello" in Russian depends on who you are talking to. "Здравствуйте" is a formal way to say hello and should be used with people you don't know, older than you, or anyone else who you keep a formal relationship with. If you meet a friend, relative or a person that's considerably younger than you, you can say "здравствуй" (very polite) or simply "привет" which means "hi".

"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.

Examples of "Hello" in Russian

  • 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!

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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.

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