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 / плохоplokhoĭ / plokho
newновыйnovyĭ
oldстарыйstaryĭ
smallмаленькийmalen'kiĭ
large / bigбольшойbol'shoĭ
longдлинныйdlinnyĭ
shortкороткийkorotkiĭ
cheapдешевыйdeshevyĭ
expensiveдорогойdorogoĭ
light / clearсветло / ясноsvetlo / iasno
darkтёмныйtëmnyĭ
lateпоздноpozdno
earlyраноrano
interestingинтересныйinteresnyĭ
boringскучныйskuchnyĭ
tiredуставшийustavshyĭ
easy / simpleлегко / простоlegko / prosto
for freeбесплатноbesplatno
right / correctправильныйpravil'nyĭ
wrongнеправильноnepravil'no
strongсильныйsil'nyĭ
weakслабыйslabyĭ
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