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Learning Russian: some useful Russian phrases

If you’ve just moved to Russia, here are some useful Russian phrases to help you get by in those first few days.

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By Expatica

Updated 6-5-2024

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Language tips

It is good to know some words and phrases before arriving in Russia. Here are some helpful words and phrases for you to learn:

Hello! – Zdrastvuitje!
Hi! – Privet!
Goodbye! – Da svidanya!
Bye – Paka
Good evening – Dobryi vecher
Yes – Da
No – Net
I don’t undertand – Ya ne panimayu
Thank you –  Spasiba
Good morning – Dobroye utra
Good afternoon – Dobryi dien
My name is – Minya zavut
Excuse me – Izvinite

More useful Russian for beginners can be found at Jungle Book.

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