improve your language skills and pick up the basics? Our essential Russian words and phrases are a good introduction to the language before departing and will hopefully make the experience of visiting the country easier and more enjoyable. 

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Useful Russian Words & Phrases for Travelers

Useful Russian Words & Phrases for Travelers

Planning a break to visit Russia? Keen improve your language skills and pick up the basics? Our essential Russian words and phrases are a good introduction to the language before departing and will hopefully make the experience of visiting the country easier and more enjoyable. 

Don't expect many people to be able to speak English but most of the people you will encounter in Russia will be friendly even with the language barrier. Improving your knowledge before arriving or practising when in the country will really benefit you. You might also want to book a Russian language course in Russia which is a great way to stay a little longer and be more than your average tourist.  

Check out our top recommended essential phrases which are good to know before you go below:


Basic Russian Words & Greetings

  • Hello - Привет (Privet)
  • Good morning Доброе утро (Dobroe utro)
  • Good afternoon Добрый день (Dobryj den')
  • Good evening - Добрый вечер (Dobryj večer)
  • Good night - Спокойной ночи (Spokojnoj noči)
  • Goodbye - Пока (Poka)
  • How are you? - Как дела? (Kak dela)
  • Thank you - Спасибо (Spasiba)
  • Sorry - Прости! (Prasti)



  • What's your name? - Как тебя зовут? (Kak teb'a zovut)
  • My name is - Меня зовут... (Men'a zovut ...)
  • Do you speak Russian? - Ты говоришь по-русски? (Ty govoriš' po-russki)
  • Do you speak English? - Ты говори́шь по-англи́йски? (Ty govoriš' po-anglijski?)
  • I don't understand - Я не понима́ю (Ja ne ponimaju) 
  • Please speak more slowly - Поме́дленнее, пожа́луйста! (Pomedlennee, požalujsta!)
  • I'm here on holiday - Я здесь в отпуске (Ya zdyes' v otpooske)


Days of the Week

  • Monday - понедельник
  • Tuesday - вторник
  • Wednesday - среда
  • Thursday - четверг
  • Friday - пятница
  • Saturday - суббота
  • Sunday - воскресенье



  • 1 - один
  • 2 - два
  • 3 - три
  • 4 - четырe
  • 5 - пять
  • 6 - шесть
  • 7 - семь 
  • 8 - восемь
  • 9 - девять
  • 10 -десять



  • Do you know where is this hotel? - Где гостиница? (Gde gasteeneetsa?)
  • How much is the room per day? - Сколько стоит номер в сутки? (Skolka stoeet nomer v sootkee?)
  • I need a single room - Мне нужна комната на одного (Mne noozhna komnata na adnago)
  • I need a double room - Мне нужна комната на двоих (Mne noozhna komnata na dvaeekh)


Shopping & Sightseeing

  • Do you know where can I change some money? - Где можно обменять валюту? (Gde mozhna abmeenyat' valyootoo?)
  • Do you have? - Есть ли у Вас? (Est' lee oo vas)
  • Where can I buy... - Где я могу купить... (Gde ya magoo koopeet')
  • How much is this? - Ско́лько э́то сто́ит? (Skol'ko èto stoit?)
  • Where's the toilet? - Где нахо́дится туале́т? (Gde naxoditsja tualet?)


Getting Around

  • Where can I get a taxi? - Где можно найти такси? (Gde mozhna naytee taksee)
  • Airport  - аэропорт (aeroport)
  • Railway station - вокзал (vakzal)
  • Please, write it down - Напишите, пожалуйста (Napeesheete pazhaloosta)


Dining / Eating Out

  • Can I have the menu, please - Дайте пожалуйста меню (Dayte pazhaloosta menyoo)
  • Please, give me ... - Дайте мне, пожалуйста... (Dayte mne pazhaloosta)
  • Delicious - вкусно (fkoosna)
  • I don't like this - Мне это не нравится (Mne eta ne nraveetsa)
  • Bill, please - Счёт, пожалуйста (Schyot pazhaloosta)



  • Help - Помоги́те! (Pomogite)
  • Fire! - Пожа́р! (Požar!)
  • Stop! - Стой! (Stoj!)
  • Call the police - Позови́те поли́цию! (Pozovite policiju!)



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