Adjectives describe people or things. You’ll need them whenever you want to describe what something or somebody is like. The car is old, the hotel is cheap. You get it. Memorize the Russian adjectives below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Russian“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Adjectives

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Important adjectives

EnglishRussianRussian
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
goodхорошоkhorosho
badплохой
плохо
plokhoĭ
plokho
newновыйnovyĭ
oldстарыйstaryĭ
smallмаленькийmalen'kiĭ
large / bigбольшойbol'shoĭ
longдлинныйdlinnyĭ
shortкороткийkorotkiĭ
cheapдешевыйdeshevyĭ
expensiveдорогойdorogoĭ
light / clearсветло
ясно
svetlo
iasno
darkтёмныйtëmnyĭ
lateпоздноpozdno
earlyраноrano
interestingинтересныйinteresnyĭ
boringскучныйskuchnyĭ
tiredуставшийustavshyĭ
easy / simpleлегко
просто
legko
prosto
for freeбесплатноbesplatno
right / correctправильныйpravil'nyĭ
wrongнеправильноnepravil'no
strongсильныйsil'nyĭ
weakслабыйslabyĭ

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