100+ Useful Conversational Words & Phrases in Russian Language Resources

Do you want to learn Russian? Perhaps you find yourself struggling to find resources that help you start speaking.

When I started out, I certainly did.

Many of the tools that I found when I started learning Russian were grammar-heavy textbook style resources and they didn’t offer me a lot in terms of day-to-day conversation. Rather than learning how to say “what did you do last weekend?” I had memorized a bunch of rules involving particles or sentence structure and I was nowhere near conversing with my fellow Russian speakers.

So I decided to put something together on my own so that I could feel more confident engaging in language exchanges.

And today, I’d like to share it with you.

In this post you’ll find a short selection of the 100+ conversational phrases and words in Russian I have available as part of a downloadable PDF that you can get by entering your email in the box below.

Happy Russian language learning!

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Greetings in Russian

Russian English
 Здравствуйте Hello
 Привет Hi 
 как дела? How are you?
 Как вас зовут? What’s your name?
 очень хорошо very good/well 

Basic & Polite Phrases in Russian

Russian English
 нзвините  excuse me
 пожалуйста  please, you’re welcome
 спасибо  thanks
 да  yes
 нет  no

Get the Russian Conversation Rolling

Russian English
 Каковы ваши планы в эти выходные?  What are your weekend plans?
 Как это?  How is it?
 Как погода?  How’s the weather?
 Как ваша семья?  How is your family?
 Что Вы думаете об этом?  What do you think about this?

Getting a Bit of Clarification in Russian

Russian English
 Я не понимаю!  I don’t understand!
 Что это на русском?  What is this in Russian?
 Пожалуйста дайте мне…  Please give me…
 например  for example
 Скажите, пожалуйста…?  Tell me please…

Words About Time in Russian

Russian English
 Cегодня  Today
 Завтра  Tomorrow
 Вчера  Yesterday
 Каждый день  Every day
 Позже  Later

Exclamations & Transition Words to Take Your Russian Speaking to the Next Level

Russian English
 Отлично.  Great
 Нет проблем.  No problem
 Это хороший вопрос That’s a good question 


 Good luck
 Конечно.  Of course

Conversation Closers

Russian English
 До скорого!  See you later
 Доброй ночи  Good evening
 Увидимся  See you
 пока, пока  Bye

*Please note that most of the above examples use formal language, assuming that you’re getting to know the person that you’re speaking with. 

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