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Hi!
Welcome to Introduction to Russian.
My name is Alisha and I'm joined by...
Hi everyone! I'm Katya.
In this lesson, we'll focus on teaching you the most useful Russian words and phrases for absolute beginners!
Make sure you're repeating the words out loud after I say the examples!
Are you ready? Let's get started!
Saying Hello
Do you remember how to greet someone in Russian?
We taught you this phrase in the very first lesson of this series. Can you recall what it was?
Здравствуйте! (Zdrastvuyte (zdrˈastvʊjtʲɪ)) (“Hello!”)
It's a common greeting that's used not only in Russia, but many Slavic countries.
Здравствуйте!
Now, you try.
Здравствуйте!
To greet a friend more casually, you can say:
Привет! (Privet! (prʲɪvʲˈet))
Привет!
Try it!
Привет!
To greet someone more specifically, you can say:
Доброе утро! (Dobraye utra!)
Which means, “Good morning!”
Доброе утро!
Добрый день! (Dobryy den'!)
meaning “Good day!”
Добрый день!
Добрый вечер! (Dobryy vecher!)
meaning “Good evening!”
Добрый вечер!
Saying Thank You
One of the most useful phrases to learn, is one that expresses gratitude. Let's learn how to say “thank you” in Russian!
Спасибо! (Spasiba!)
Спасибо!
Try it!
Спасибо!
This expression is derived from two words, Спаси (Spasi) meaning "Save" and Бог (Bog) meaning "God." It literally means "save God," but this expression no longer has any religious connotations, and is used to simply express gratitude.
Спасибо!
Repeat it one more time.
Спасибо!
How to Apologize
The next phrase we'll teach you is perhaps the second most useful phrase of all. It's to apologize or to excuse yourself.
If you are apologetic for disturbing someone to make a request, you can say:
Извините (Izvinite)meaning "sorry" or
Извините, пожалуйста (Izvinite, pazhalusta)
meaning "excuse me, please"
Извините
Try it!
Извините
Извините, пожалуйста
Извините, пожалуйста
If you want to apologize for something you've done, such as stepping on someone's toes, or bumping into someone, you can excuse yourself by saying:
Простите (Prastite)
meaning "forgive me"
or Прошу прощения (Prashu prashcheniya)
meaning "I am sorry."
Простите
Try it!
Простите
Простите
Прошу прощения
Прошу прощения
In this final lesson, you learned how to greet someone, express gratitude, how to excuse yourself, and to apologize.
And in this series, we introduced you to the basics of Russian pronunciation, grammar, writing, and more.
Let's conclude with some parting advice from Katya, and listen to some of her tips on how to learn Russian from a native Russian perspective.
Parting Advice - Insider Knowledge
The sounds and pronunciation of a new language are always a huge stumbling block for new learners. I suggest getting familiar and practicing these sounds aloud from the very beginning so that you get used to Russian pronunciation.
The key is to repeat them ALOUD. It's not enough to just sit idly, expecting to improve when it comes to pronunciation. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Russian Pronunciation to start perfecting your Russian as soon as possible.
Another tip I recommend, is to immerse yourself in Russian pop-culture. Russians are funny people, and there are thousands and thousands of entertaining videos for you to watch online. Be entertained while familiarizing yourself with Russian mannerisms, speech patterns, and intonation.
Watching contemporary Russian videos, like our videos here at RussianPod101.com, will ensure that you're learning real, everyday Russian, in the fastest and most effective way.
You've reached the end of this Introduction to Russian course, but it's only the beginning of your journey to Russian fluency! Where do you go from here? Try our Ultimate Guide to Russian Pronunciation series to start familiarizing yourself with Russian sounds, and perfect your Russian pronunciation! Or check out any of our other video series. We have many different categories for you to choose from.
Good luck as you continue learning Russian, and I'll see you in another video!
Bye!
Bye~!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Where do you go from here? Try our Learn Russian in Three Minutes series where we teach you beginner vocabulary and even more useful phrases!
https://www.russianpod101.com/index.php?cat=36

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Tuesday at 10:17 pm
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Hello Haydn,


It is because "утро" is a neuter noun, so it requires the same adjective. And good day and good evening are masculine nouns so the adjectives are also in masculine form.


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Haydn
Tuesday at 12:47 pm
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Can anyone tell me why the word "Доброе" for good morning is spelt "Доброе". But what seems to be the same word for good day and good evening is spelt "Добрый".

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Haydn

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Wednesday at 7:51 pm
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Привет rc,


You can access our series on the Russian alphabet at https://www.russianpod101.com/lesson-library/russian-alphabet-made-easy/ and other free material regarding the alphabet at https://www.russianpod101.com/russian-alphabet/


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rc
Wednesday at 10:52 am
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where is the Russian writing video????/

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Wednesday at 6:55 pm
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Hello Babu,


We don't have sample sentences for all words.


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Babu
Thursday at 9:31 pm
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Здравствуйте,


What is the sentence for "Good afternoon"? I couldn't see it in the notes.


Спасибо


(Posted on 17-October-2019 on 18:01 IST)

Howard Freeman
Sunday at 10:53 am
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The Russian for "I'm sorry" - прошу прощения - is fun to say because it has a bit of internal rhyme, but it takes a few times to practice.

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Thursday at 2:06 am
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Hi Robert,


Great to hear that you’re learning well with our lessons!


In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Sincerely,

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Robert
Tuesday at 8:01 pm
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Hi,


Already having some experience in Russian, I was pleasantly surprised by how helpful the slow, native speech is in improving my pronunciation. I feel now I speak здравствуйте more confidently, and intelligibly.


Очень спасибо!



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Monday at 7:21 pm
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Hi Wayne,


Thank you for posting.


Please note that you can add any entries from the Vocabulary to your Word bank or Flashcard Deck for further practice. 👍


Should you have any questions, please let us know.


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