RUSSIAN
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BASIC EXPRESSIONS



We have tried put together a list of words and expressions which should help you with your everyday communication in Russian. Knowing how to say something as simple as "point with your finger what you want" will save you lots of time. We're sure you'll use expressions like "what is that?", "I don't understand" or "how do you say that in Russian?" very often.


 
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PHRASE
PRONUNCIATION

 
Что э́то?
What is this/that?
shto é-ta
 

 
Покажи́ па́льцем (что хо́чешь)
Point with your finger (what you want)
pa-ka-zhí pál-tsem (shto hó-chyesh)
 

 
Я не зна́ю
I don't know
ya nye zná-yu
 

 
Что ты де́лаешь?
What are you doing?
shto ty dyé-la-yesh
 

 
Я не понима́ю
I don't understand
ya nye pa-ni-má-yu
 

 
Ты меня́ понима́ешь?
Do you understand me?
ty mye-nyá pa-ni-má-yesh
 

 
Как э́то по-ру́сски?
How do you say this in Russian?
kak é-ta pa rús-ki
 

 
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Не зна́ю, как сказа́ть по-ру́сски
I don't know how to say it in Russian
nye zná-yu kak ska-zát pa rús-ki
 

 
Э́то называ́ется...
This is called...
é-ta na-zy-vá-yet-sa...
 
 
*Use this sentence... to teach how to say something (an object for example) in English

 
Де́лай как я
Do as I'm doing
dyé-laj kak ya
 
 
*Use this sentence... when asking someone to repeat what you are doing

 
Фу, ка́ка!
Yuck, (don't touch it) that's dirty!
fu ká-ka
  

 
Я обеща́ю
I promise
ya a-bye-schá-yu
 

 
Я верну́сь
I'll be back
ya vyer-nús
 

 
Ты идёшь в шко́лу
You're going to school
ty i-dyósh f shkó-lu
 

 
Па́па/ма́ма идёт на рабо́ту. Ско́ро придёт
Dad/mommy is going to work. He/she will be back soon
pá-pa/má-ma i-dyót na ra-bó-tu skó-ra pri-dyót 
 

 QUESTION WORDS
 
WORD
PRONUNCIATION

 
что?
what?
shto?
 

 
кто?
who?
kto?
 

 
где?
where?
gdye?
 

 
когда́?
when?
kag-dá?
 

 
почему́?
why?
pa-chye-mú?
 

 
как?
how?
kak?
 











 



 USEFUL WORDS IN ANY SITUATION
 
WORD
PRONUNCIATION

 
спаси́бо
thanks
spa-si-ba
 

 
пожа́луйста
please / You're welcome
pa-zhá-lus-ta
 
 
*Use this word... both to say "please" and to answer to a "thank you"

 
мо́жет быть
maybe
mó-zhet byt
 

 
извини́
sorry / Excuse me
iz-vi-ní
 

 
ничего́
it's nothing
ni-chye-vó
 
 
*Use this word... to say that there's no reason to say "I'm sorry"

 
молоде́ц!
well done!
ma-la-dyéts
 
 



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