RUSSIAN PHRASEBOOK (with audio and video)


There's an important question that you need to know in any language, including Russian: How much is it? We're going to see questions and answers that we'll be using when paying for anything: clothes, food, souvenirs,... We recommend that you memorize some of these phrases because they'll be extremely useful in many situations. Start watching the videos and afterwards read and listen to the phrases below:

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We've put together in video the most important words and phrases to help you memorize them.
After watching it, you can read and listen to all the vocabulary we've prepared for this topic.

Useful phrases when you are the client:
Useful phrases when you talk to a client:

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How much is it?

There are fewer and fewer things in this world that are for free, that's why it's so important asking the price. We'll see this from the point of view of both buyer and seller. We start with the phrases you'll use when you want to buy something:

  Ско́лько э́то сто́ит?
How much is it?
skól-ka é-ta stó-it?

  Ско́лько э́то в…
рубля́х / е́вро / до́лларах?

How much is it in... rubles / euros / dollars?
skól-ka é-ta v…
ru-blyáh / yé-vra / dó-la-rah?

  Напиши́те це́ну, пожа́луйста.
Can you write the price down, please?
na-pi-shý-tye tsé-nu, pa-zhá-lus-ta

You can use the following phrases when a Russian speaker asks you the price of what you are selling:

  Э́то сто́ит...
This costs...
é-ta stó-it…

  Вот цена́.
This is the price.
vot tse-ná

  Э́то беспла́тно / Э́то не беспла́тно.
This is for free / This isn't for free.
é-ta byes-plát-na / é-ta nye byes-plát-na

Too expensive! How to bargain

There are countries where bargaining over the price of things is a must. That's why you should always be ready to negotiate, regardless of you being the buyer or the seller. Let's start with phrases when it's you wanting to pay less:

  Э́то сли́шком до́рого.
It's too expensive.
é-ta slísh-kam dó-ra-ga

  Мо́жете дать ски́дку?
Can you give a discount?
mó-zhe-tye dat skít-ku?

  Дава́йте за... (and you say the price)
Let's make it...
da-váj-tye za...

  Дава́йте за сто́лько.
Let's make it for this much.
da-váj-tye za stól-ka

Here you have phrases to use when you are the one selling and someone asks for a lower price:

  Хорошо́, я даю́ вам ски́дку.
Ok, I give you a discount.
ha-ra-shó, ya da-yú vam skít-ku

  Нельзя́ деше́вле!
I can't make it any cheaper!
nyel-zyá dye-she-vlye!

  Э́то хоро́шая цена́.
This is a good price.
é-ta ha-ró-sha-ya tse-ná

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Do you accept credit cards?

Before thinking about paying, you should decide how to pay. In our pockets we have euros, dollars, rubles,... but also credit cards. So let's start with something easy: Can I pay with credit card?

  Мо́жно заплати́ть креди́тной ка́ртой?
Can I pay with credit card?
mózh-na za-pla-tít krye-dít-naj kár-taj?

Now we're going complicate things a little bit. As you can see below we're giving you the pieces to create phrases such as "Do you accept dollars" or "Do you accept credit cards?":
  Вы принима́ете...
Do you accept...
vy pri-ni-má-ye-tye…?

  ...е́вро / до́ллары / рубли́?
...euros / dollars / rubles?
...yé-vra / dó-la-ry / ru-blí?

  ...креди́тные ка́рты? cards?
...krye-dít-ny-ye kár-ty?

Now we're going to see possible answers to the previous questions. Here you'll be able to create phrases as in "We don't accept euros" or "We accept credit cards":
  Мы принима́ем... /
Мы не принима́ем...

We accept... / We don't accept...
my pri-ni-má-yem... /
my nye pri-ni-má-yem...

  ...е́вро / до́ллары / рубли́.
...euros / dollars / rubles.
...yé-vra / dó-la-ry / ru-blí

  ...креди́тные ка́рты. cards.
...krye-dít-ny-ye kár-ty

We've also prepared phrases about cash machines:
  Где здесь банкома́т?
Where's an ATM/cash machine near here?
gdye zdyes ban-ka-mát?

  Вам ну́жен банкома́т?
Он здесь недалеко́.

Do you need a cash machine? It's near here.
vam nú-zhen ban-ka-mát?
on zdyes nye-da-lye-kó

  Здесь нет банкома́та.
There isn't any cash machine here.
zdyes nyet ban-ka-má-ta

Can I have the check, please?

When you want to pay it's enough to say "how much do I owe you?", but we're going to see other cases. For example, before knowing the final amount to pay you should know how to say something like "I'm taking this / I'm not taking this":

  Ско́лько с меня́?
How much do I owe you?
skól-ka s mye-nyá?

  Вы э́то берёте?
Are you taking this?
vy é-ta bye-ryó-tye?

  Я э́то не беру́.
I'm not taking this.
ya é-ta nye bye-rú

  Вы хоти́те чек?
Would you like a receipt?
vy ha-tí-tye chyek?

  Мо́жно чек?
Can I have a receipt, please?
mózh-na chyek?

In small shops or restaurants you won't be using the following sentences, but something it's useful to know how to ask where and when you should pay:

  Я до́лжен / Я должна́...
плати́ть сейча́с?

Do I have to pay now?
ya dól-zhen / ya dalzh-ná…
pla-tít syej-chás?
Here we see two options: "Я должен" and "Я должна". Both mean "I have to / I must". Which one should we use?
- If you are a man you have to say "Я должен".
- If you are a woman you have to say "Я должна".

  Где я до́лжен / Где я должна́...

Where do I have to pay?
gdye ya dól-zhen / gdye ya dalzh-ná…

  Вы мо́жете заплати́ть здесь / там.
You can pay here / there.
vy mó-zhe-tye za-pla-tít zdyes / tam

The following phrases are useful in a restaurant. In a shop may say "how much is it?" or "how much do I owe you?". But in a restaurant it would be "the check please". Also, we teach you how to say "I didn't order this", just in case you need it:

  Вы хоти́те счёт?
Would you like the check/bill?
vy ha-tí-tye schyot?

  Мо́жно счёт?
Can I have the check/bill, please?
mózh-na schyot?

  Я э́то не зака́зывал / зака́зывала.
I didn't order this.
ya é-ta nye za-ká-zy-val / za-ká-zy-va-la
- Use зака́зывал if you are a man.
- Use зака́зывала if you are a woman.
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