Russian Phrases

The Russian phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: привет  [privyet] Audio
What is your name?: как тебя зовут?  [kak tyebya zovoot?] Audio
Nice to meet you: приятно познакомиться  [priyatno poznakomitʲsya] Audio
How are you?: как поживаешь?  [kak poʐivayeshʲ?] Audio
I'm good, thanks: у меня все хорошо, спасибо  [oo myenya vsye khorosho, spasibo] Audio
And you?: а вы?  [a vi?] Audio

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Russian)?: вы говорите по русски/по английски?  [vi govoritye po roosski/po angliyski?] Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: она говорит по-китайски?  [ona govorit po-kitayski?] Audio
A little bit: чуть-чуть  [chootʲ-chootʲ] Audio
How old are you?: сколько вам лет?  [skolʲko vam lyet?] Audio
I'm 33 years old: мне тридцать три года  [mnye tridtzatʲ tri goda] Audio
It was nice talking to you: было приятно с вами разговаривать  [bilo priyatno s vami razgovarivayo] Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: что вы имеете в виду?  [chto vi imyeyetye v vidoo?] Audio
I don't understand: не понимаю  [nye ponimayo] Audio
I don't know: я не знаю  [ya nye znayo] Audio
Sorry: извините  [izvinitye] Audio
What is that called in Russian?: как это называется по русски?  [kak eto nazivayetsya po roosski?] Audio
What does that word mean in English?: что означает это слово по-английски?  [chto oznachayet eto slovo po-angliyski?] Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: а вы откуда?  [a vi otkooda?] Audio
I'm from the U.S: я из соединённых штатов  [ya iz u.s] Audio
I'm American: я американец  [ya amyerikanyetz] Audio
Where do you live?: где вы живете?  [gdye vi ʐivyetye?] Audio
I live in the U.S: я живу в u.s  [ya ʐivoo v u.s] Audio
What do you do for a living?: что вы делаете для жизни?  [chto vi dyelayetye dlya ʐizni?] Audio
I'm a student: я студент  [ya stoodyent] Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: могу ли я вам помочь?  [mogoo li ya vam pomochʲ?] Audio
Can you help me?: можете ли вы мне помочь?  [moʐyetye li vi mnye pomochʲ?] Audio
Where is the airport?: где же аэропорт?  [gdye ʐye aeroport?] Audio
Go straight: идите прямо  [iditye pryamo] Audio
Then: затем  [zatyem] Audio
Turn left: поверните налево  [povyernitye nalyevo] Audio
Turn right: поверните направо  [povyernitye napravo] Audio


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Good wishes in Russian in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: с днем рождения  [s dnyem roʐdyeniya] Audio
Happy new year: с новым годом  [s novim godom] Audio
Merry Christmas: с рождеством  [s roʐdyestvom] Audio
Good luck: удачи  [oodachi] Audio
Congratulations: поздравляю  [pozdravlyayo] Audio

Russian expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: я заказывал столик  [ya zakazival stolik] Audio
Do you have rooms available?: у вас есть свободные комнаты?  [oo vas yestʲ svobodniye komnati?] Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: я хотел бы номер для некурящих  [ya khotyel bi nomyer dlya nyekooryashtikh] Audio
How much it costs per night?: как много платить за ночь?  [kak mnogo platitʲ za nochʲ?] Audio
Waiter: официант  [ofitziant] Audio
How much is this?: сколько это стоит?  [skolʲko eto stoit?] Audio
What is this?: что это?  [chto eto?] Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: ты в порядке?  [ti v poryadkye?] Audio
I need a doctor: мне нужен врач  [mnye nooʐyen vrach] Audio
Help: помощь  [pomoshtʲ] Audio
Call the ambulance: вызовите скорую помощь  [vizovitye skorooyo pomoshtʲ] Audio
Call the police: позвоните в полицию  [pozvonitye v politziyo] Audio
I am sick: я болен  [ya bolyen] Audio

These Russian phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Russian Vocabulary and Russian Grammar, you might want to visit our Russian Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Russian Vocabulary

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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Russian phrases.