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Hello and welcome to Russian Survival Phrases. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Russia. So join us for Russian Survival phrases. You will be surprised at how far a little Russian will go.
In today’s lesson we continue on with basic etiquette. The Russians are exceptionally hospitable, and phrases of gratitude and those related are used at an extremely high frequency. During your travels in Russia, while you may not get the chance to use Russian phrase for "You're welcome." there is a very good chance you'll hear it.
In Russian "You're welcome" is pazhalusta. Let`s break it down by syllable: pa-zha-lus-ta. Now, let`s hear it once again: pazhalusta. The word pazhalusta literally means "please", but it is also the equivalent of “you're welcome” in English. Let`s break down this word and hear it one more time: pa-zha-lus-ta.
Another way of responding to a phrase of gratitude is ne za shto, which means "It's nothing", ne za shto. Let`s break it down by syllable: ne za shto. Now, let`s hear it once again: ne za shto. The first word ne means "not" in English. This is followed by za which in English is "for". The third word, shto in English is "what". So, to recap here we have ne za shto, literally this means “for nothing”. It corresponds to the English "it's nothing". So, the next time when you hear the word spasiba, which is “thank you” in English, and you want to say “you are welcome” you can use both expressions of this lesson.
Ok, to close out today`s lesson we'd like for you to practice what we`d just learnt. I will provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for saying it aloud. You'll have a few seconds before I`ll give you the answer. Udachi! That means “good luck”! Ok, here we go!
You are welcome……..pazhalusta, pa-zha-lus-ta,
You are welcome, informal……..ne za shto, ne -za -shto.
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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These phrases are also useful when outside of Russia. Surprise Russian friends, acquaintances or total strangers with "pazhalusta" and let us know their reactions!

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Hello everyone,

Thank you for your comments :smile:

Rhona, “Ничево” is used in a bit different context.


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Thursday at 07:29 AM
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Hi. I've heard "Ничево" used in that context - would it be common?

Thursday at 01:57 AM
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Great! I knew that “пожалуйста” was your welcome, but I never knew about "Не за что". :grin:

~ Erin

Thursday at 03:49 AM
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спасибо for the lesson.

Wednesday at 07:27 AM
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Hello Petiteclaire,

Yes of corse "пожалуйста" is used in Russian for "your welcome" as well as for "please". The latter will be talked about in the third lesson of the survival phrases that you can already find on iTunes!

Cheers. Alex

Wednesday at 02:16 AM
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Can пожалуйста also be used simply as "please", as in "give me such-and-such, please" ?