Here’s even more Russian conversation, more useful Russian phrases and questions you’ll need. Here, we’re going to focus on asking questions & giving answers in Russian. Why ? Because questions get answers. More importantly, these are exactly the type of questions and responses that dominate conversations for Russian beginners. And with questions, you can get a basic conversation going.
Note: I include the Russian phrases in English to help with reading and pronunciation.
Here are the next top Russian conversational questions and phrases you might want to brush up on.
Tip: Memorize them and practice saying them quickly. Once they’re solidly stuck in your head, just blurt them out at the next opportune occasion without stopping to think.
11. Question: “What’s your name?” in Russian.
The most popular Russian phrase to know. Asking for someone’s name is almost always the first step in any conversation. So, here’s how you ask. Be sure to be able to recognize this question too… when someone asks you for yours.
- What’s your name?
- Kak tebya zovut?
- Как тебя зовут?
Literally translated as How (Как) you (тебя ) called (зовут). If you want to be polite, change the “you” to plural and ask:
- Как вас зовут?
- Kak vas zovut?
12. Answer: How to say “My name is…” in Russian
There’s not much to it. Three simple words. And people say Russian is hard… (well until you get to the grammar at least.)
- My name is _______ (say… Bob).
- Menya zovut Bob.
- Меня зовут Боб.
13. Question: Asking “Where are you from?” in Russian
Probably won’t make much sense asking a Russian this… unless you want to know what city they’re from. But this is one question you will definitely be asked. So know it. Know how it sounds like. Where are you from? America? Canada? Australia? Oh, and do you like vodka?
- Where are you from?
- Ты откуда?
- Ti otkuda? (literally: You from?)
14. Answer: “I am from….” in Russian
So, where are you from? Friendly, especially young, Russians don’t particularly think any different of you, other than you being a foreigner so don’t worry too much about that. But, the question will pop up and here’s how you answer:
- I’m from the U.S.
- Ya iz SHA. (SHA is an acronym pronounced as Sa, Shi, Ah).
- Я из США.
15. Question: “How old are you?” in Russian
And of course, asking about the age is an important part of introductions. I hope you have your Russian numbers down (if not, leave a comment) for this question. So, first here’s how you ask… or how they’ll ask you.
- How old are you?
- Skol’ko tebe let?
- Сколько тебе лет?
16. Answer: “I am ….. years old” in Russian
Got your Russian numbers down? Here’s how how you answer:
- I’m years old.
- Mne ____ let.
- Мне ___ лет.
So for example…
- I’m 18 years old.
- Mne vosemnadtsat’ let.
- Мне восемнадцать лет.
- I’m 25 years old.
- Mne dvadtsat’ pyat’ let.
- Мне двадцать пять лет.
17. Question: Asking “What do you do?” in Russian (as in, job, profession, etc.)
What are you doing in Russia? That’s a perfectly valid & curious question you’ll get. Not many foreigners trek out there and stay for a while so Russians will always be curious what you brought over to the land of Vodka, dashboard cameras and pot-hole roads.
- What do you do?
- Chem ti zanimayesh’sya?
- Чем ты занимаешься?
18. Answer: “I am a…. ” in Russian (as in, job, profession, etc.)
Chances are you’re a student if you’re in Russia for a bit. Though I’d be curious to know what other positions foreigners hold. It’s not exactly a warm and welcoming tropical paradise with palm trees if you know what I mean. Here’s how you talk about your job or position. All you need is…the word “I” and the title. 2 words!
- I’m a student.
- Ya – student. (pronounced “stoo-dent”)
- Я – студент.
- I’m a teacher.
- Ya – uchitel’.
- Я – учитель.
- I’m a tourist.
- Ya – turist. (pronounced “too-rist”)
- Я – турист
19. Question: Asking “How long have you been studying Russian?” in Russian
Don’t be surprised if a Russian asks you this question. You speak their language. They’re impressed & curious about your motives, how you’re doing it, etc. so they will ask. This question will certainly pop up, so be prepared.
- How long have you been studying Russian?
- Kak dolgo ti izuchayesh’ russkiy yazik?
- Как долго ты изучаешь русский язык?
20. Answer: “I’ve been studying Russian for….” in Russian
Remember your Russian numbers? I hope you do. We needed it for the age question up above. Hmm, I should just write up a number guide to get it over with!
So, with Russian, you can get straight to the point and just blurt out the duration: 1 month, 2 months, 1 year, etc. It’s pretty simple.
- For 1 month.
- Odin mesyats.
- Один месяц.
- For 1 year.
- Odin god.
- Один год.
- For 3 years.
- Tri goda.
- Три года.
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