Common Russian phrases

  Common phrase in English    Russian Translation and Pronunciation
   Yes    Da
   No    Net
   Excuse me    Yzveenee
   Excuse me    Yzveeneete (formal)*
   Please    Pozhaluista
   Can you tell me please    Skazheete pozhluista
   I    Ya, like in word yard
   You    Ty
   You    Vy (formal)
   We    My
   She    Ana
   He    On
   It    Ano
   They    Anee
   Thank you    Spaseebo
   Thank you very much    Spaseebo balshoye
   Don’t mention it    Ne-za-chto
   Do you speak Russian?    Vy gavareeteh pa ru-sky?
   Do you speak English?    Vy gavareeteh pa anglisky?
   I don’t speak English    Ya ne gavareeu na angliyskom
   I don’t speak Russian    Ya ne gavareeu na ruskom
   My Russian is bad    Ya ploha gavaru pa Ruski
   I do not understand    Ya ne paneemau
   Could you speak slowly?    Gavareeteh medlenie
   Could you speak loudly?    Gavareeteh gromche


   Telephone Call Phrases in English    Russian Pronunciation
   Hello    Alloh
   This is …    Etoh …
   My name is …    Menya zovut …
   Who is calling please?     Khtoh gavareet?
    Could you ring me back?    Vy mozheteh mneh perezvaneet?
   What is your telephone number?    Kakoy vash nomer telephonah?
   My number is …    Moy nomer ….
   Speaking!    Slushaju vas!
   Could you repeat please    Pavtareeteh pazhalustah.
   I’ll call you back.    Ya vam perezvanuh.
   Don’t speak so fast.    Ne gavareeteh tak bystroh.
   May I use your telephone?    Mozhnah mneh aht vas pazvaneet?
   Dail again please    Nabereeteh nomer snovah.
   Speak a bit louder, please.    Gavareeteh gromcheh.
   What number are your calling?    Pah kakomuh nomeruh vy zvaneeteh?
   I am calling from a pay phone    Ya zvonuh iz avtomatah.
   I am calling from a cellular phone    Ya zvonuh s mabeelnavah.
   My office number is …    Moy rabochee telephone …
   My home number is …    Moy damashnee telephone …
   My cell number is …    Moy mabeelneeh telephone …
   Wrong number    Vy asheeblees nomerom.
   Hold on    Padazhdeeteh
   What’s your extention?    Kakoy u vas dabavochny?
   Phone directory    Telephony spravochnik
   What is the area code?    Kod goradah?
   The line is busy.    Zanyatoh.

* There are difference between formal and informal speech. When you speak with someone who you know good, you should use words as it gives, but when you talk to unknown, officials, etc, you shoud add ending “te”. It sounds like syllable “te”in word technical.

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