Now let’s learn some basic Russian conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Russian.

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

Basic Russian words & phrases: conversations

Video: How to Introduce Yourself in Russian

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Basic conversation

please / you’re welcomeне за что
на здоровье
ne za chto
na zadorov'e
you’re very welcomeна здоровьеNa zdorov'e
thank youспасибоspasibo
thank you very muchспасибо большоеSpasibo bol'shoe
Excuse me!Извините меня!Izvinite menia!


I understand.Я понимаю.Ia ponimaiu.
I don’t understandЯ не понимаюIa ne ponimaiu.
Hello (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?АллоAllo
What does that mean?Что это значит?Chto ėto znachit?
I don’t know.Я не знаю.Ia ne znaiu.
I don’t speak Polish.Я не говорю по-польски.Ia ne govoriu po-pol'ski.
I speak a little Polish.Я немного говорю по-польски.Ia nemnogo govoriu po-pol'ski.
Do you speak english? (informal)Ты говоришь по-английски?Ty govorish po-angliĭski?
Do you speak english? (formal)Вы говорите по-английски?Vy govorite po-angliĭski?
Yes, I do speak english.Да, я говорю по-английскиDa, ia govoriu po-angliĭski
No, I don’t speak english.Нет, я не говорю по-английскиNet, ia ne govoriu po-angliĭski

Making acquaintances

Please talk more slowly!Пожалуйста, говорите помедленнее!Pozhaluĭsta, govorite pomedlennee
Nice to meet you!Приятно познакомиться!Priiatno poznakomitsia!
How are you?Как дела?Kak dela?
Good, thank youХорошо, спасибоKhorosho, spasibo
I’m well, thanks!У меня всё хорошо, спасибо!U menia vsë khorosho, spasibo!
Not bad, thanks!Неплохо, спасибо!Neplokho, spasibo!
very badочень плохоochen' plokho
What’s your name?Как тебя зовут?Kak tebia zovut?
My name is [...].Меня зовут [...]Menia zovut (...)
What’s your first name?Как твоя фамилия?Kak tvoia familiia?
My first name is [...]Моя фамилия [...]Moia familiia (...)
How old are you?Сколько тебе лет?Skol'ko tebe let?
I’m [...] years old.Мне […] лет.Mne (…) let.
What are your hobbies?Какие у тебя хобби?Kakie u tebia khobbi?
What do you like doing?Что тебе нравится делать?Chto tebe nravitsa delat'?
What are you doing (at the moment)?Что делаешь?
Чем занимаешься?
Chto delaesh? Chem zanimaeshsia?
Where do you live?Где ты живешь?Gde ty zhivësh?
I live in [...]Я живу в [...]Ia zhyvu v (...)
I’m from EnglandЯ из Англии.Ia iz Anglii.
I’m EnglishЯ англичанин.Ia anglichanin.
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