100+ Useful Conversational Words & Phrases in Russian

Do you want to learn Russian? You’re in the right place.

Perhaps, if you were like me when I first started learning the language, you’re finding yourself struggling to find resources that help you start speaking.

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 cases or sentence structure. I spent loads of time studying but 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

RussianEnglish
 ЗдравствуйтеHello
 ПриветHi 
 как дела?How are you?
 Как вас зовут?What’s your name?
 очень хорошоvery good/well 

Basic & Polite Phrases in Russian

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

Get the Russian Conversation Rolling

RussianEnglish
 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

RussianEnglish
 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

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

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

RussianEnglish
 Отлично. Great
 Нет проблем. No problem
 Это хороший вопросThat’s a good question 
Удачи  Good luck
 Конечно. Of course

Conversation Closers

RussianEnglish
 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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Are you learning Russian? What are some phrases that you’ve found useful in your target language? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!


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Published on: October 4, 2020

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