How to Make Small Talk in Russian

Want to start a conversation with a Russian speaker but don't know where to start? Just have a look at the following expressions that will help you to boost your conversational Russian vocabulary!

Try to say them out loud, don’t just read them silently.

Russian Greetings

Доброе утро Dobraye ootro — Good morning
Добрый день Dobriy den' — Good afternoon
Добрый вечер Dobriy vyecher — Good evening
Здравствуйте Zdrastvooyte — Hello
Привет! Preevyet Hi!
Рад тебя видеть — Rat teebya veedet' — Nice to see you!
Как поживаешь? — Kak pazhivayesh? — How are you?
Спасибо, прекрасно! — Spaseeba preekrasna! — Fine, thanks!
Неплохо! — Neeploha! — Not so bad
Как Вас зовут? — Kak vas zavoot? — What's your name?
Меня зовут... — Meenya zavoot... — My name is...

Saying Thanks in Russian

Спасибо — Spaseeba — Thank you
Большое спасибо — Bal'shoye spaseeba — Thank you very much.
Не за что Nyezashta — That's all right
Пожалуйста — Pazhalooysta — You're welcome

Saying Goodbye in Russian

К сожалению, мне (нам) пора идти — K sazhalyeneeyoo mnye (nam) para eettee — I'm sorry I (we) should be going
До свидания! — Da sveedaneeya — Good-bye!
Пока! — Paka — Bye-bye!
Увидимся — Ooveedeemsya — See you
Счастливого пути! — Schasleevava pootee — Have a nice trip!

Speaking and Comprehension

Вы говорите по-английски? — Vi gavareetye pa angleeskee? — Do you speak English?
Я плохо говорю по-русски — Ya plokha gavaryoo pa rooskee — My Russian is bad
Говорите, пожалуйста, медленнее — Gavareetye pazhalooysta myedleeney
— Could you speak more slowly?
Я не понимаю — Ya nee paneemayoo — I don't understand
Я понимаю — Ya paneemayoo — I understand

Having a conversation in the real world can be challenging – but don’t give up! Here’s the tip to understand person who you talk to better:
When you’re listening to someone during a conversation just try to focus on the words that you recognise and understand more than the words you don’t.

And remember the more practice the better!
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Hey! It’s Julia — a certified RFL teacher born in Siberia! I am a full-time traveler and my life is a big adventure hence I know exactly that speaking another language can be crucial not only for work or studies but just for your daily interaction with locals. I’d been learning English and French so I know that sometimes the process can be tough… But chin up! Once you overcome these hardships and fears it becomes really rewarding! As a teacher I will make your transition from your native to Russian language as smooth as possible and show you how to integrate Russian into your daily life. I take the view that communication is the key. So whatever we do in classes leads to speaking practice. I believe that the main task of a teacher is helping the student overcome his fear and start talking. And from my side I’ll make all efforts to explain new material in an interesting and simplest way so you will feel free to speak Russian. In general my lessons include: - Reading practice - Proper grammar - Accurate pronunciation and accent reduction - Vocabulary expansion/conversation practice - Developing oral speech. All the materials will be provided to you including audio listenings, electronic books, and customized worksheets).
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Русский
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Hey! It’s Julia — a certified RFL teacher born in Siberia! I am a full-time traveler and my life is a big adventure hence I know exactly that speaking another language can be crucial not only for work or studies but just for your daily interaction with locals. I’d been learning English and French so I know that sometimes the process can be tough… But chin up! Once you overcome these hardships and fears it becomes really rewarding! As a teacher I will make your transition from your native to Russian language as smooth as possible and show you how to integrate Russian into your daily life. I take the view that communication is the key. So whatever we do in classes leads to speaking practice. I believe that the main task of a teacher is helping the student overcome his fear and start talking. And from my side I’ll make all efforts to explain new material in an interesting and simplest way so you will feel free to speak Russian. In general my lessons include: - Reading practice - Proper grammar - Accurate pronunciation and accent reduction - Vocabulary expansion/conversation practice - Developing oral speech. All the materials will be provided to you including audio listenings, electronic books, and customized worksheets).
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