Looking to learn some Russian conversational phrases? In this quick lesson, you’ll learn 15+ phrases. The theme is “positive” so you can use these to inspire and encourage others. Sound good?
If you’re interested in MORE Russian conversational phrases, here are other lessons.
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Positive Russian Conversational Phrases
How can you learn these phrases? Easy. Read the pronunciation to get an idea of the sound. Print out this article.
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Now, onto the phrases.
1. You can do it!
- Ты сможешь
- Pronunciation: Ti smozhesh!
This phrase is pretty easy. “Ты” means you. You will see this word all over the place. The second word is a conjugation of the verb “смочь” which means “to be able to.”
2. You are not alone
- Ты не один
- Pronunciation: Ti ne odin
“Odin” is not a norse god here. This word means “one” or “alone.” The “ne” means “not.”
3. I’m so proud of you
- Я тобой горжусь
- Pronunciation: Ya taboy garzhus’
The other word you should remember forever is “Ya” which means “I” in Russian. The last word is the verb, to be proud. And “taboy” is a conjugated for of you.
4. The sky’s the limit
- Нет пределов
- Pronunciation: Net predelov
This phrase literally does not mean “the sky is the limit.” Literally, it means “no limits.” This is just the best English phrase to match it with.
5. You’re number one
- Ты лучший
- Pronunciation: Ti lutshiy
Literally, this phrase means “you’re the best.”
6. Stay strong
- Будь сильным.
- Pronunciation: Bud’ sil’nim.
This one literally means “be strong.” How so? Well, the first word is a conjugation of the verb “быть,” which means to be. The second word is the conjugated from of strong which is “сильный.”
7. Believe in yourself
- Поверь в себя
- Pronunciation: Pover’ v sebya
Is your friend feeling down? Be sure to tell them this phrase.
8. Go for it! (Do it!)
- Сделай это!
- Pronunciation: Sdelay eto!
What if you want to learn some Russian conversational phrases? Or what if you want to speak the language? My answer? Go for it.
Because…. (see next phrase)
9. What do you have to lose?
- Что тебе терять?
- Pronunciation: Shto tebe teryat’?
If you’ve learned a bit of Russian, you know that “shto” is “what.” Simple stuff. Then, the word “to lose” is “терять.”
The “tebe” in the middle is a conjugated “you.”
10. It’s worth a shot
- Оно того стоит
- Pronunciation: Ano tovo stoit
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Now, this phrase literally means “it is worth (of that).” “Ano” is “this,” “tovo” is “that” and “stoit” means to cost or be worth.
11. Keep fighting!
- Продолжай сражаться!
- Pronunciation: Prodalzhay srazhatsa!
See, the issue with getting results is that they don’t come quick.
So, people quit. But if you keep fighting or persevere, you get results.
The next phrase is also quote useful.
12. Don’t give up!
- Не сдавайся!
- Pronunciation: Ne sdavaysya!
This is one of my favorite Russian conversational phrases. English too.
13. What are you waiting for?
- Чего ты ждёшь?
- Pronunciation: Chevo ti zhdyosh?
Christmas? The New Year? Are you waiting for the day you will be too old and tired to try?
If so, you’re wasting time. The sooner you start, the better. Everyone wishes they started sooner.
14. Keep up the good work
- Продолжай в том же темпе
- Pronunciation: Prodalzhay f tom zhe tempe
To be honest, I did not plan for these phrases to flow so wonderfully.
So, keep up the good work with learning Russian.
Literally, it means “Keep up the pace” or “keep up the tempo.”
15. There you go
- Вот так
- Pronunciation: Vot tak
There you go. This is the last of the Russian conversational phrases.
When would you use this?
Use it when someone finally gets something done or accomplishes something.
Now you know some Russian conversational phrases. Even better, you can use these in all kinds of situations because people love hearing such encouraging phrases. If your friend wants to learn language, tell them “Сделай это!” If someone is worried, tell them “Поверь в себя.”
Which ones are your favorite?
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