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Lesson 8: I don't know who my best friend is

In this lesson you will learn:

  • all Russian possessive pronouns
  • how to write Russian adjectives for any gender
Useful phrase in Russian

Useful phrase in Russian

Listen and repeat the following sentence:

Я не зна́ю, кто мой лу́чший друг
ya nye zná-yu kto moj Lúch-shij druk
I don't know who my best friend is

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Russian vocabulary

Russian vocabulary

Read, listen and repeat the basic vocabulary of this lesson:










mother / father

мать / отец

mat' / a-tyéts




daughter / son

дочь / сын

doch / syn

sister / brother

сестра́ / брат

syes-trá / brat

friend (female) / friend (male)

подру́га / друг

druk / pa-drú-ga




better (adv.)



best (adj.)









Russian dialogues

Dialogues in Russian

These dialogues will help you memorise this lesson's vocabulary:

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Russian grammar

Russian grammar

Read the following grammar explanations for this lesson:

The possessive pronouns in Russian

Here you will find complete a list with the Russian possessive pronouns, sorted in two groups:

  • Only one thing is possessed (book) which is possessed by one person (my book) or many people (our book).
  • Many things are possessed (books) which are possessed by one person (my books) or many people (our books).

one thing possessed

мой / моя́ / моё = my

твой / твоя́ / твоё = your

его = his

её = her

наш / на́ша / на́ше = our

ваш / ва́ша / ва́ше = your

их = their

Examples for "one thing possessed"

Э́то мой фильм = This is my movie

Э́то моя́ кни́га = This is my book

Э́то моё сокро́вище = This is my treasure

Э́то её кни́га = This is her book

Э́то его́ кни́га = This is his book

Э́то наш оте́ц = This is our father

Э́то на́ша дочь = This is our daughter

Э́то на́ше сокро́вище = This is our treasure

Э́то их оте́ц = This is their father

Э́то их дочь = This is their daughter

More than one thing possessed

мои́ = my

твои́ = your

его́ = his

её = her

на́ши = our

ва́ши = your

их = their

Examples for "more than one thing possessed":

Э́то мои́ фи́льмы = These are my movies

Э́то мои́ кни́ги = These are my books

Э́то мои́ сокро́вища = These are my treasures

Э́то её кни́ги = These are her books

Э́то его́ кни́ги = These are his books

Э́то на́ши отцы́ = These are our fathers

Э́то на́ши до́чери = These are our daughters

Э́то на́ши сокро́вища = These are our treasures

Э́то их отцы́ = These are their fathers

Э́то их до́чери = These are their daughters

The adjectives in Russian

In lesson 1 we told you that nouns in Russian have gender (masculine, feminine or neuter). Adjectives in Russian also have gender, which means that an adjective has a different ending for each gender. Have a look at these examples:


  • Мой хоро́ший / люби́мый / большо́й магази́н = My good / favourite / big shop


  • Моя́ хоро́шая / люби́мая / больша́я кни́га = My good / favourite / big book


  • Моё хоро́шее / люби́мое / большо́е сокро́вище = My good / favourite / big treasure


  • Мои́ хоро́шие / люби́мые / больши́е магази́ны = My good / favourite / big shops
Russian test


Check how much you have learnt in this lesson:

Number of correct answers on the first try.

    1. Complete the sentence: Ты моё ...

    2. Complete the sentence: Мать и оте́ц - э́то ...

    3. How do you say "my best female friend"?

    4. How do you say "she is my friend"?

    5. What is the plural of "друг"?

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