Transliteration & pronunciation
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The following transliteration and pronunciation is given for the classical Latin alphabet and does not match with the rules of orthography and pronunciation of English.

Therefore do not pronounce Russian words how to you like represent sounds in English.

For example:
The Latin letter U should not be pronounced as the English word you.
U = YOU = OO

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Please note!
The following transliteration and pronunciation is given for the classical Latin alphabet and does not match with the rules of orthography and pronunciation of English.

Therefore do not pronounce
Russian words
how to you like represent
sounds in English.

For example:
The Latin letter U
should not be pronounced
as the English word you.
U = YOU = OO

If you doubt the correct pronunciation, click on the live audio link in Russian
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Basic Russian words & phrases

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Introduction
English-Russian online translator and vocabulary. How to ask in Russian. Useful phrases in Russian.
How to ask something in Russian, if you don`t know a single word in Russian? There is an exit! We have collected for you all necessary words and phrases in English and translated them into Russian.

Go to needed tab and click the desired phrase or word. You will see the translation into Russian, as well as the phrase in Russian in Latin letters. Dashes below indicate stress (accent) a certain syllable in a word.

Pay attention to the rules of pronunciation. Transliteration is given for the classical Latin alphabet and does not match with the rules of orthography and pronunciation of English.

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Meeting / Greeting / Parting
How to say in Russian - Hello, good afternoon, how are you, nice to meet you, see you and much more..
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Hi / Hello! (informal)
[ PRIVET ! ]

Привет!

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Hello ! (formal)
[ ZDRASTVUITE ! ]

Здравствуйте!

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Goog morning / good afternoon / good evening!
[ DOBRAYE UTRA / DOBRYI DEN / DOBRYI VECHER ! ]

Доброе утро / добрый день / добрый вечер!

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Do you speak English?
[ VY GAVARITE PA ANGLIYSKI ? ]

Вы говорите по английски?

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Welcome!
[ DABRO PAZHALAVAT` ! ]

Добро пожаловать!

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What is your name ? (formal / informal)
[ KAK VAS ZAVUT ? ] (formal)

[ KAK TEBYA ZAVUT ? ] (informal)


Как Вас зовут? / Как тебя зовут?

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My name is... (informal)
[ MENYA ZAVUT... (Name) ]

Меня зовут...(Name)

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My name is... (formal)
[ MENYA ZAVUT... (Mr/Mrs - gaspadin / gaspazha) Name+Surname ]

Меня зовут...(господин / госпожа) Name + Surname

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How do you do / How are you ? (informal / formal)
[ KAK DELA ? ] (informal)

[ KAK PAZHIVAYETE ? ] (formal)


Как дела? (informal) / Как поживаете? (formal)

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Not bad ! (+thanks)
(spasiba) + [ NEPLOKHA ! ] - (спасибо) + Неплохо!

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Thanks, fine! + (And you?)
[ SPASIBA, KHARASHO ! ] +

[ A U TEBYA ? ] (informal) / [ A U VAS ? ] (formal)

Спасибо, хорошо! А у тебя / А у Вас? (informal/formal)

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I / You
[ YA ] /

[ TY ] - you (singular - informal)
[ VY ] - you (singular formal or any plural)

Я /
Ты (singular informal)
Вы (singular formal or any plural)

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How old are you ? (formal / informal)
[ SKOLKA VAM LET ? ] (formal)

[ SKOLKA TEBE LET ? ] (informal)

Сколько Вам лет? (formal) / ? Сколько тебе лет? (informal)

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I'm ...(20) years old
[ MNE ...(dvatsat`) LET ]

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Мне ...(двадцать) лет

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Where are you from?
[ ATKUDA VY ? ] (singular formal or any plural)

[ ATKUDA TY ? ] (singular informal)


Откуда Вы? (singular formal or any plural)
Откуда ты? (singular informal)

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I am from ...(England)
[ YA IZ ...(ANGLII) ]

Я из... (Англии)

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Very nice to meet you !
[ OCHEN` PRIYATNA ! ]

or [ PRIYATNA PAZNAKOMITSA ! ]

Очень приятно! / Приятно познакомиться

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I must be going / We must be going
[ MNE PARA ] / [ NAM PARA ]

Мне пора / Нам пора

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See you !
[ UVIDIMSYA ! ] / [ DA VSTRECHI ! ]

Увидимся! / До встречи!

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Good luck!
[ UDACHI ! ]

Удачи!

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Have a nice day!
[ KHAROSHEVA DNYA ! ]

Хорошего дня!

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Till tomorrow!
[ DA ZAVTRA ! ]

До завтра!

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Good night!
[ SPAKOINAY NOCHI ! ]

Спокойной ночи!

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Bye (bye-bye) / So long !
[ PAKA (paka-paka) ! ]

Пока (пока-пока)!

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Goodbye!
[ DASVIDANIYA ! ]

До свидания!

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How to address correctly
How to refer in Russian to the other person or persons. Phrases when making a formal introduction. How to introduce myself.
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...to the unfamiliar man (any age) / woman (any age)
[ SUDAR` ! ] - to man

[ SUDARYNYA ! ] - to woman

Сударь! / Сударыня!

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...to the unfamiliar guy / girl
[ MALADOY CHELAVEK ! ] - to guy

[ DEVUSHKA ! ] - to girl

Молодой человек! / Девушка!

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...to the gentleman / lady (formal)
[ GASPADIN + Second Name ! ] - to gentleman

[ GASPAZHA + Second Name ! ] - to lady

Господин ..! / Госпожа ..!

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Let me introduce myself to you
[ RAZRESHITE PREDSTAVITSA ]

Разрешите представиться

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Let's get acquainted!
[ BUDEM ZNAKOMY ! ]

Будем знакомы!

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Very nice to meet you !
[ OCHEN` PRIYATNA ! ]

or [ PRIYATNA PAZNAKOMITSA ! ]

Очень приятно! / Приятно познакомиться

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Dear friend! / Dear friends!
[ DARAGOY DRUG ! ] - (singular)

[ DARAGIYE DRUZ`YA ! ] - (plural)

Дорогой друг! / Дорогие друзья!

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Ladies and Gentlemen!
[ DAMY I GASPADA ! ]

Дамы и Господа!

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General vocabulary
How to say or ask in Russian - 'I and You' .. 'Yes and No' .. 'Thank you & Are you welcome' .. 'I need..' .. 'Big and Small' .. 'How much is?' .. 'Where is?' and much more.
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I / You (addressing one person)
[ YA ] /

[ TY ] - you (informal)
[ VY ] - you (formal)

Я /
Ты (informal)
Вы (formal)

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He / She
[ ON ] / [ ANA ]

Он / Она

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We / They / You (addressing several persons)
[ MY ] / [ ANI ] / [ VY ]

Мы / Они / Вы

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Guy / Girl
[ PAREN` ] - guy

[ DEVUSHKA ] - girl

Парень / Девушка

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Man / Woman
[ MUSH-CHINA ] - man

[ ZHENSH-CHINA ] - woman

Мужчина / Женщина

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Do you speak English?
[ VY GAVARITE PA ANGLIYSKI ? ]

Вы говорите по английски?

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I don't speak Russian
[ YA NE GAVARYU PA RUSSKI ]

Я не говорю по русски

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Yes / No
[ DA / NET ] - Да / нет

Note! Russians often use the phrase "da net, navernaye / да нет, наверное" (yes no, probably).
In Russian it means - "most likely not".

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Maybe / Probably
[ MOZHET BYT` ] - maybe

[ NAVERNAYE ] - probably

Может быть / Наверное

Note! Russians often use the phrase "da net, navernaye / да нет, наверное" (yes no, probably).
In Russian it means - "most likely not".

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Of course! / Sure!
[ KANESHNA ! ]

Конечно!

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I'm sorry / Excuse me
[ IZVINITE ]

Извините

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Help me (please)
[ PAMAGITE MNE (pazhalusta) ]

Помогите мне (пожалуйста)

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I'm looking for.. (something eg. a toilet)
[ YA ISH-CHU .. (tualet) ]

Я ищу.. (туалет)

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Where is ..(something eg. metro)?
[ GDE NAKHODITSA ..? ] /
[ KAK PROYTI ..? ]

Где находится..? / Как пройти..?
Link to chapter "In the city / Where is..?"

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I don't understand
[ YA NE PANIMAYU ]

Я не понимаю

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Repeat, please
[ PAVTARITE PAZHALUSTA ]

Повторите, пожалуйста

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Slower (please)
[ PAMEDLEN`NEYE ] + (pazhalusta)

Помедленнее (пожалуйста)

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Please, ..(request)
[ PAZHALUSTA ] / [ BUD`TE DABRY ]

Пожалуйста / Будьте добры

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Thank you (very much) !
[ (Balshoye) SPASIBA ! ]

(Большое) спасибо!

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You are welcome
[ PAZHALUSTA ]

Пожалуйста

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Ok! / Good!
[ KHARASHO ]

Хорошо

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That's bad
[ PLOKHA ]

Плохо

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What's this?
[ SHTO ETA TAKOYE ? ]
Что это такое..?

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Shop / Market and Cafe / Restaurant

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It is my (mine)
[ ETA MAYO ]

Это моё

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I know / I don't know
[ YA ZNAYU ] / [ YA NE ZNAYU ]

Я знаю / Я не знаю

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How do you say it in.. (Russian)?
[ KAK ETA BUDET PA... RUSSKI ? ]

Как это будет по..(русски)?

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Wait (please) / Hold on (please)
[ PADAZHDITE (pazhalusta) ] - wait / hold on (please)

[ ADNU MINUTU (pazhalusta) ] - one moment (please)

Подождите (пожалуйста) / Одну минуту (пожалуйста)

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Earlier / Later / Now
[ RAN`SHE ] - earlier

[ POZ-ZHE ] - later

[ SEYCHAS ] - now

Раньше / Позже / Сейчас

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Today / Now
[ SEVODNYA ] - Today

[ SEYCHAS ] - Now

Сегодня / Сейчас

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Yesterday / Tomorrow
[ FCHERA ] - Yesterday

[ ZAVTRA ] - Tomorrow

Вчера / Завтра

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Big / Small
[ BAL`SHOY ] - big

[ MALYENKIY ] - small

Большой / Маленький

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How much it this?
[ SKOLKA ETA STOIT ? ] - Сколько это стоит?

Figures are here, and the currency converter is here

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Shop / Market and Cafe / Restaurant

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I want... / I need...
[ YA KHACHU .. ] - I want ..

[ MNE NUZHNA .. ] - I need ..

Я хочу / Мне нужно

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Interrogative words and phrases
How to ask in Russian 'Where are we now?', 'How to get to..?', 'How much is?', 'How do you say it in Russian?' and much more.
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Do you speak English?
[ VY GAVARITE PA ANGLIYSKI ? ]

Вы говорите по английски?

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Where (is it) ?
[ GDE ? ]
or
[ GDE ETA ? ]

Где? / Где это ?

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Where (...) from? / Whence?
[ ATKUDA ? ]

Откуда?

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Where is ..(something eg. metro)?
[ GDE NAKHODITSA ..? ] /
[ KAK PROYTI ..? ]

Где находится..? / Как пройти..?
Link to chapter "In the city / Where is..?"

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Where are you from?
[ ATKUDA VY ? ] (singular formal or any plural)

[ ATKUDA TY ? ] (singular informal)


Откуда Вы? (singular formal or any plural)
Откуда ты? (singular informal)

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Where are we now?
[ GDE MY SEYCHAS ? ]

Где мы сейчас?
Link to chapter "In the city / Where is..?"

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Whither? / Where?
[ KUDA ? ]

Куда?

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When?
[ KAGDA ? ]

Когда?

Link to chapter Time units / Days & Months

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When is your birthday?
[ KAGDA TVOY DEN` RAZHDENIYA ? ]

Когда твой день рождения?

Link to chapter Time units / Days & Months

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When does it start ..?
[ KAGDA NACHNYOTSA ..? ]

Когда начнётся ..?

Link to chapter Time units / Days & Months

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How?
[ KAK ? ]

Как?

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How do you do / How are you ? (informal / formal)
[ KAK DELA ? ] (informal)

[ KAK PAZHIVAYETE ? ] (formal)


Как дела? (informal) / Как поживаете? (formal)

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How old are you ? (formal / informal)
[ SKOLKA VAM LET ? ] (formal)

[ SKOLKA TEBE LET ? ] (informal)

Сколько Вам лет? (formal) / ? Сколько тебе лет? (informal)

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How much? / How many?
[ SKOLKA ? ]

Сколько?

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How much it this?
[ SKOLKA ETA STOIT ? ] - Сколько это стоит?

Figures are here, and the currency converter is here

Links to chapters:
Shop / Market and Cafe / Restaurant

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How much time? What time is it?
[ SKOLKA SEYCHAS VREMENI ? ]

Сколько сейчас времени?

Link to chapter Time units / Days & Months

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How much time do we have?
[ SKOLKA VREMENI U NAS YEST` ? ]

Сколько времени у нас есть?

Link to chapter Time units / Days & Months

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How long?
[ KAK DOLGA ? ]

Как долго?

Link to chapter Time units / Days & Months

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How do you say it in.. (Russian)?
[ KAK ETA BUDET PA... RUSSKI ? ]

Как это будет по..(русски)?

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How to get to ..?
[ KAK DABRATSA DO ..? ]

Как добраться до ..?

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Who? / Who is this? / Who is there?
[ KTO ? ] - Who?

[ KTO ETA ? ] - Who is this?

[ KTO TAM ? ] - Who is there?

Кто? / Кто это? / Кто там?

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What? / What is this?
[ SHTO ? ] - What?

[ SHO ETA ? ] - What is this?

Что? / Что это?

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What is your name ? (formal / informal)
[ KAK VAS ZAVUT ? ] (formal)

[ KAK TEBYA ZAVUT ? ] (informal)


Как Вас зовут? / Как тебя зовут?

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What happened?
[ SHTO SLUCHILAS` ? ]

Что случилось?

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What do you need? / What do you want?
[ SHTO VAM NUZHNA ? ]

Что вам нужно?

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What are you doing?
[ SHTO VY DELAYETE ? ] - (singular formal or any plural)

[ SHTO DELAYESH ? ] - (singular informal)


Что вы делаете? / Что делаешь?

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Which? / Which of them?
[ KAKOY ? ] - Which?

[ KAKOY IZ NIKH ? ] - Which of them?

Какой? / Какой из них?

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Why?
[ PACHEMU ? ] - Почему?

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Private conversation
How to say or ask in Russian - 'Hi !' .. 'You look wonderful !' .. 'May I ask you out to dinner?' .. 'What would you like to drink?' .. 'I'm sorry / Excuse me' .. 'No problem !' .. 'I`ll call you !' .. 'I love you !' and much more.
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Hi / Hello! (+Introduction / Greetings)
What`s new? / Nothing much
[ SHTO NOVAVA ? ] - What`s new?

[ FSYO PA STARAMU ] - Nothing much

Что нового? / Всё по старому

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Thank you (very much) !
[ (Balshoye) SPASIBA ! ]

(Большое) спасибо!

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Yes / No
[ DA / NET ]

Да / нет

Note! Russians often use the phrase "da net, navernaye / да нет, наверное" (yes no, probably).
In Russian it means - "most likely not".

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I think so (yes) / I think no (not)
[ DUMAYU DA ] - I think so

[ DUMAYU NET ] - I think no

Думаю - да / Думаю - нет

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Dear friend! / Dear friends!
[ DARAGOY DRUG ! ] - (singular)

[ DARAGIYE DRUZ`YA ! ] - (plural)

Дорогой друг! / Дорогие друзья!

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Let`s have a drink! Want a drink?
[ DAVAY VYP`YEM ! ]

[ VYP`YEM ? ] - (interrogative form)

Link to names of drinks in Russian

Давай выпьем! / Выпьем?

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What would you like to drink?
[ SHTO BUDESH PIT` ? ]

Link to names of drinks in Russian

Что будешь пить?

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I would like to drink (+name of drink)
[ YA KHATEL BY VYPIT` ] (+name of drink)

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Я хотел бы выпить (+название напитка)

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If it is possible
[ YESLI ETA VAZMOZHNA ]

Если это возможно

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Of course! / Sure!
[ KANESHNA ! ]

Конечно!

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Ok! / Good!
[ KHARASHO ]

Хорошо

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Bon appetit! / Have a nice meal!
[ PRIYATNAVA APPETITA ! ]

Приятного аппетита!

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(very) delicious!
[ ( ochen` ) FKUSNA ! ]

(очень) вкусно!

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How do you say it in.. (Russian)?
[ KAK ETA BUDET PA... RUSSKI ? ]

Как это будет по..(русски)?

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I don't understand
[ YA NE PANIMAYU ]

Я не понимаю

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I know / I don't know
[ YA ZNAYU ] / [ YA NE ZNAYU ]

Я знаю / Я не знаю

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I like this place!
[ MNE ZDES` NRAVITSA ! ]

Мне здесь нравится!

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Wonderful!
[ PREKRASNA ! ]

Прекрасно!

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I'm sorry / Excuse me
[ IZVINITE ]

Извините

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No problem!
[ NET PRABLEM ! ]

Нет проблем!

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I'm fond of ...+ ( parties / music / dancing /...)
[ MNE NRAVITSA ] - I'm fond of + ...
Мне нравится + ...

[ TUSOFKI ] - parties - тусовки

[ MUZYKA ] - music - музыка

[ TANTSEVAT` ] - dancing - танцевать

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Let's dance! Want a dance?
[ DAVAY PATANTSUYEM ! ]
or
[ PATANTSUYEM ? ] - interrogative form

Давай потанцуем! / Потанцуем?

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(Excuse me) I don't dance
( izvinite ) [ YA NE TANTSUYU ]

(Извините) Я не танцую

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With pleasure!
[ S UDAVOL`STVIYEM ! ]

С удовольствием!

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Come with me!
[ PAYDYOM SA MNOY ! ]

Пойдём со мной!

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You look great (wonderful) !
[ TY KLASNA VYGLYADISH ! ]
or
[ ATLICHNA VYGLYADISH ! ]

Ты классно выглядишь! / Отлично выглядишь!

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You are charming!
[ TY ACHARAVATELNA ! ] - to woman

[ TY ACHARAVATELEN ! ] - to man

Ты очаровательна! / Ты очарователен!

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You are cool!
[ TY KLASNAYA ! ] - to woman

[ TY KLASNYI ! ] - to man

Ты классная! / Ты классный!

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I`ll be back soon
[ YA SKORA VERNUS` ]

Я скоро вернусь

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Have you got any plans for tomorrow?
[ SHTO DELAYESH ZAFTRA ? ]

Что делаешь завтра?

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Have you got any plans for tonight?
[ SHTO DELAYESH VECHERAM ? ]

Что делаешь вечером?

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May I ask you out to ..? May I invite you to ..?
[ MOZHNA PRIGLASIT TEBYA ..? ] +
Можно пригласить тебя..? +

... to dinner (restaurant) - [ ... F RESTARAN ? ]
..в ресторан?

... to club - [ ... F KLUB ? ]
..в клуб?

... to me - [ ... KA MNE ? ]
..ко мне?

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Thanks for the invitation!
[ SPASIBA ZA PRIGLASHENIYE ]

Спасибо за приглашение!

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Unfortunately, ...
[ K SAZHALENIYU ] / [ ZHAL` NO ] + ...

К сожалению,.. / Жаль, но .. +

~.. it's time - [ UZHE PARA ]

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It's for а keepsake!
[ ETA NA PAMYAT`! ]

Это на память!

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Here's my address and phone number
[ VOT MOY ADRES I TELEFON ]

Вот мой адрес и телефон

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I'll call you
[ YA PAZVANYU ]

Я позвоню!

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See you! (+ Parting)
[ UVIDIMSYA ! ] / [ DA VSTRECHI ! ]

Увидимся! / До встречи!

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Expressions of parting are here
I love you!
[ YA TEBYA LYUBLYU ! ]
or
[ YA LYUBLYU TEBYA ! ]

Я тебя люблю! / Я люблю тебя!

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