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Всем привет. С вами Светлана.
Hi everybody! I'm Svetlana.
Welcome to RussianPod101.com , Русский язык за три минуты. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Russian.
In the last lesson, we learned how to introduce ourselves in Russian. Today we’re going to learn how to thank people politely.
Готовы? Are you ready? Поехали! Then let's start!
There are several ways to thank someone. Let's start with the most common phrase:
[slowly] Спасибо
Спасибо means "thank you".
To say "thank you very much," you just need to add Большое in front of it:
Большое спасибо
[slowly] Большое спасибо
Большое means "Big". In context, Большое спасибо literally means "Big thanks."
So, when someone thanks you, how should you answer? There are several ways to respond.
One, which is fairly close in translation to the English phrase "You're welcome", is “Пожалуйста”. It is very common in Russian, but we also quite often use another phrase: “Не за что,” which means “not at all”.
The word “Пожалуйста” means something like “Please” in English
[slowly] “Пожалуйста”
In English it sounds a little bit strange to say “please” when somebody thanks you, right?
But in Russian, by using this word you are saying that you are “pleased” to have been helpful.
Не за что means more or less the same thing as Пожалуйста, but offers a little more courtesy. Say “Не за что”
[slowly] “Не за что”
Now it's time for Svetlana’s tips.
When saying “thank you,” in Russia, body language is very important. Спасибо is a universal word and can be used in both formal and informal cases. You can make it sound more formal just by changing your intonation. Спасибо! Friends usually act more openly and even slap each other on the shoulder. In any case, it is very important that your thanks be accompanied with a smile and, again, direct eye contact.
Good job. That’s it for this lesson.
By the way, do you know what До свидания means? In our next lesson you'll learn this and more other greetings in Russian.
Всем спасибо. Пока пока.