Useful Russian phrases and Russian Alphabet

Russian Alphabet

There are 33 letters in the Russian Alphabet: 10 vowels, 21 consonants, and 2 signs (ь, ъ).

Russian is an Eastern Slavonic language closely related to Ukrainian and Belorussian with about 277 million speakers in Russia and 30 other countries.

The Cyrillic alphabet was introduced into Russia (Kievan Rus' ) at the time of its conversion to Christianity (988 AD). The alphabet, the Cyrillic script is named in honor of the Byzantine scholar and monk, Cyril (827-869 AD), who, together with his brother Methodius (826-885 AD), created the first Slavic writing system in the second half of the ninth century in order to translate the Bible and other Christian texts into the Slavic languages.

Russian Alphabet

Useful Russian phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Russian for most of them. Most of the sentences below are used for everyday life conversations, so they might come handy if you memorize them. If you don't know how to say a word then check our alphabet in Russian which can be found on the menu above to get some help.

Russian Greetings

Доброе утро Dobraye ootro Good morning
Добрый день Dobriy den' Good afternoon
Добрый вечер Dobriy vyecher Good evening
Здравствуйте Zdrastvooyte Hello
Привет! Preevyet Hi!
Рад тебя видеть Rat teebya veedet' Nice to see you!
Как поживаешь? Kak pazhivayesh? How are you?
Спасибо, прекрасно! Spaseeba preekrasna! Fine, thanks!
Неплохо! Neeploha! Not so bad
Как Вас зовут? Kak vas zavoot? What's your name?
Меня зовут... Meenya zavoot... My name is...

Saying Thanks in Russian

Спасибо Spaseeba Thank you
Большое спасибо Bal'shoye spaseeba Thank you very much.
Не за что Nyezashta That's all right
Пожалуйста Pazhalooysta You're welcome


Извините Eezveeneete Sorry!
Простите Prasteete Excuse me
Ничего, ничего, пожалуйста Neechevo, neechevo, pazhaloosta That's all right
Ничего страшного Neechevo srashnava No harm

Saying Goodbye in Russian

К сожалению, мне (нам) пора идти K sazhalyeneeyoo mnye (nam) para eettee I'm sorry I (we) should be going
До свидания! Da sveedaneeya Good-bye!
Пока! Paka Bye-bye!
Увидимся Ooveedeemsya See you
Счастливого пути! Schasleevava pootee Have a nice trip!

Speaking, Comprehension

Вы говорите по-английски? Vi gavareetye pa angleeskee? Do you speak English?
Я плохо говорю по-русски Ya plokha gavaryoo pa rooskee My Russian is bad
Говорите, пожалуйста, медленнее Gavareetye pazhalooysta myedleeney Could you speak more slowly?
Я не понимаю Ya nee paneemayoo I don't understand
Я понимаю Ya paneemayoo I understand

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