Languages of Europe – Phrases to know when traveling to Russia (Basic Russian Phrases)

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So, this series is going better than I expected and it is all thanks to the help I have been getting from readers of the blog!  I was even lucky enough to have someone from reddit look over the Russian and help with the translations!

Russian is a little bit intimidating because the lettering doesn’t resemble english.  Don’t let that deter you.  Russian is going to be one of the most useful languages for traveling to Eastern Europe.  Beyond just traveling to Russia, but many other countries know Russian as well.  Thanks to the Cold War, much of this region still contains many people who know and speak russian.  Because of this, Russian is high up on my list of languages to know the basics in before traveling.

If you see an error, let me know so I can fix it!  As always, we want the content to be top notch!  Also, if you speak any of the other languages not yet covered, email us at if you are interested in helping translate the list!  Thanks and enjoy the Russian list!


1 – один     (“a-deen”)

2 – два     (“dva”)

3 – три     (“tuhree”)

4 – четыре     (“chye-tir-ye”)

5 – пять    (“piats”)

6 – шесть     (“shest”)

7 – семь    (“syem”)

8 – восемь     (“vo-syem”)

9 – девять   (“dye-vits”)

10 -десять   (“dye-sits”)


Hello – привет (Privet)

My name is… – Меня зовут (Menya Zovut)

goodbye – до свидания (do svidaniya)

Please – пожалуйста (pozhaluĭsta)

thank you – спасибо (spasibo)

yes – да (da)

No – нет (net)


Excuse me – извините (izvinite)

Do you speak english – Вы говорите по-английски? (Vy govorite po- angliĭski?)

I don’t speak russian well. – Я не говорю по русский хорошо. (YA ne govoryu po-Rooskee khorosho.)

speak slower please – Говорите медленнее, пожалуйста. (Govorite medlennyee , pozhaluĭsta.)

How do you say (a word) in Russian? – Как вы говорите слово на русском? (Kak vy govoriteslovo na rooskom?)

very interesting – Очень интересно (Ochenʹ interesno)

may I take a photograph? – Могу ли я сфотографировать? (Mogu li ya sfotografirovatʹ?)

cheers – ура (ura)


How much does this cost. – Сколько это стоит. (Skolʹko eto stoit)

Can I pay with a credit card? – Могу ли я оплатить с кредитной карты? (Mogu li ya oplatitʹ s kreditnoĭ karty)

I’d like to pay, please. – Я хочу бы платить, пожалуйста. (YA khotchu b-platits , pozhaluĭsta.)

I would like this. – Я хочу бы этого. (YA khotchu b-eto.)

water. wine. beer. soda. – воды. вина. пива. соды. (vody. vina. piva. sody.)

Beef, Chicken, Fish, Pasta, Bread, – Говядина, курица, рыба, макароны, хлеб, (Govyadina, kuritsa, ryba , makarony, khleb)

This food is delicious! – Это еда вкусная! (Eto yeda vkusnaya)


Where is the hotel? – Где находится гостиница? (Gde nakhodit·sya gostinitsa?)

Can you show me on the map how to get there? – Можете ли вы показать мне на карте, как туда добраться? (Mozhete li vy pokazatʹ mne na karte , kak tuda dobratʹsya?)

where’s the restroom? – Где находится туалет? (Gde nakhodit·sya tualet?)

How do I get a taxi? – Как поймать такси? (Kak poĭmats taksi?)

Where can I find a bus? – Где я могу найти автобус? (Gde ya mogu naĭti avtobus?)

Where can I find the Metro? – Где я могу найти в метро? (Gde ya mogu naĭti v metro?)

Where is the airport? – Где в аэропорту? (Gde v aeroportu?)

can you take me to the hotel? – Вы можете взять меня в гостиницу? (Vy mozhete vzyatʹ menya v gostinitsu)


help! – помогите! (pomogite!)

Can you call a doctor. – Вы можете вызвать врача. (Vy mozhete vyzvatʹ vracha.)

I’m an American Citizen. – Я американский гражданин. (Yaamerikanskiĭ grazhdanin)

Please call the American Embassy. – Пожалуйста, позвоните в американское посольство. (Pozhaluĭsta, pozvonite v amerikanskoe posolʹstvo.)

6 Responses to “Languages of Europe – Phrases to know when traveling to Russia (Basic Russian Phrases)”
  1. fashionmudra says:

    I spent a few weeks in Russia recently. I loved it but agree that the language could be intimidating because the alphabet is different. But if you make an attempt people were generally helpful and understanding 🙂 Thanks for the post!

  2. theRands says:

    Not to be rude, but there are quite a few mistakes! I’ll try to remember and redo this for you.
    Also, it might be a good idea to show which syllable is stressed (it’s usually done by either capitalizing the syllable or by italicizing it.) – Jenia

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