Part 3! 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.
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.
21. Question: “Why are you learning the Russian language?”
You foreigner, you. You think you could get away without getting this question? And present your identification papers too! Just kidding. But, guaranteed, you’ll probably be asked and Russians would want to know why someone chooses to learn their language with all it’s awful pronunciations and consonants.
- почему ты изучаешь русский язык?
- pochemu ti izuchayesh’ russkiy yazik?
- Why are you learning/studying the Russian language?
22. Answering “I am learning Russian because…..” in Russian
Because women? Because Dostoyevsky? Because relatives? Who knows. No reason is a bad reason to learn. Hell, you don’t need a reason. Here’s how you answer:
- Потому что мне нравится
- Potomu shto mne nravitsa.
- Because I like it. (Because f*** reasons!)
- Потому что я хочу посетить Россию
- Potomu shto ya hochu posetit’ Rossiyu
- Because I want to visit Russia
- Потому что я хочу читать русскую литературу
- Potomu shto ya hochu chitat Russkuyu literaturu.
- Because I want to read Russian literature (I’ve never ever heard this reason)
- Потому что у меня есть русские родственники
- Potomu shto u menya yest Russkiye rodstvenneki
- Because I have Russian relatives.
23. Asking “What time is it in Russian?”
Just one of those little questions you’ll probably need. Especially if you want an excuse to talk to a girl.
- Сколько время у вас?
- Skol’ko vremya u vas?
- What time do you have?
This is a polite way to ask. “You” here is plural (вас instead of тебя), implying politeness. However, if you’re just asking a friend, then it’s…
- Cколько время сейчас?
- Skol’ko vremya sechas?
- What time is it now?
24. Telling time in Russian. How to say “It is… o’clock”
Hope you have your Russian numbers down. All you need to know are two words.
- Четыре часа.
- Chetire chasa.
- 4th Hour. (Meaning: It’s 4PM)
- Cейчас десять вечера.
- Seychas desyat’ vechera.
- “Now 10 evening” (Meaning: It’s 10PM)
25. Asking “Do you like Russian Food?”
Some Russian food SUCKS. But then again, some Russian food is blood AMAZING. I guess that’s the case for food in any country. The pelmeni, the cakes, the pastries, kalbasa, and so on. Oh, it’s so good. Vodka isn’t considered food by the way. So of course, your friends will want to know if you can eat their food.
- Тебе нравится русская еда?
- Tebe nravitsa Russkaya yeda?
- Do you like Russian food?
26. Saying “Yes, I like Russian food.”
Why would you say no to Russian cakes? Here’s how you answer.
- Да, мне нравится
- Da, mne nravitsa
- Yes, I like it.
- Да, мне очень нравится
- Da, mne ochen’ nravitsa
- Yes, I really like it!
- Да, я люблю русскую еду
- Da, ya lyublyu Russkuyu yedu
- Yes, I love Russian food
27. Question: “Where did you learn Russian?”
Another common question. So, where did you learn Russian? School? At home? On the internet? Here’s how you ask… or how you’ll get asked.
- Где ты изучал русский язык?
- Gde ti izuchal russkiy yazik?
- Where did you learn Russian?
Note: yazik means tongue or language.
Or if you’re female, add an a at the end of the verb:
- Где ты изучалa русский язык?
- Gde ti izuchala russkiy yazik?
28. Answering “I learned Russian in/at…” in Russian
Tell them you learned it on LinguaJunkie.com! To answer this all too common question, here are a few options. Remember, the red (a) is added for the feminine version.
- Я изучал(а) его в школе.
- Ya izuchal(a) yevo v shkole.
- I learned it at school.
- Я изучал(а) его сам(а).
- Ya izuchal(a) ego sam(а)
- I learned it myself/on my own.
- Я изучал(a) его в России.
- Ya izuchal yevo(a) v Rossi-i
Note: You can even drop “it” or “его” and say “Я изучал в России” or “I learned in Russia” and the context will be understood anyway.
29. Saying “I don’t understand” in Russian
Sometimes, you run out of Russian words and just gotta give up. It happens. Learning is a process. So, here’s how you say “I don’t understand.”
- Я не понимаю
- Ya ne ponimayu.
- I don’t understand.
30. Asking “Where’s the bathroom” in Russian
This just might be the #1 most important question you’ll need. When you got to go, you got to go. No excuses.
- Извините, где туалет?
- Izvinite, gde tualet?
- Excuse me, where’s the toilet?
As a bonus, here’s another very important word: Извините (iznite), meaning excuse me.
And there you go. Thoughts? Questions? Leave a comment below please!
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