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Russian Useful Phrases and how to pronounce them

Enjoy our collection of Russian useful phrases with native speaker audio recordings. Here are some additional links also

Other collections of Russian phrases (some with audio)

The Russian recordings are provided by the good people at A Taste of Russian. Each phrase is pronounced slowly first, then at normal speed.

Click on the Russian Phrase and you will hear an audio recording of the pronunciation
NB: The Russian letter о is pronounced /a/ in unstressed syllables, but is transliterated as o here. You can hear which syllables are stressed by listening to the recordings.

Key to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal.


Русский (Russian))

I’m from ….



Good Luck


Cheers/Good Health


I don’t understand


Do you speak Russian?

Вы говорите по-русски? (Vy govorite po-russki) – frm
Ты говоришь по-русски? (Ty govoriš’ po-russki) – inf

Excuse me? To Attract Attention

Excuse me? To ask someone to move


Извини! (Izvini) – inf
Извините! (Izvinite) – frm,



Прости! (Prasti) – inf
Простите! (Prastite) – frm,

Where’s the toilet?


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