Russian: 75 Core Words

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Use these core words to create your first simple sentences in Russian. Read the word, the translation and see the example sentences to see how the words are used. Have fun!

Hint: Russian uses the cyrillic script, so we will give you the cyrillic and the romanized version of each word. Russian uses feminine, masculine and neuter, requiring agreement. Russian also has a formal “you” (BЫ) and a less formal “you” (TЫ) as well as plural “you” (BЫ). Don’t forget that verbs are conjugated differently for I/you/we/they/he/she/you formal, but we’ll just cover the verb endings for “I” (Я) here, in present form and give you the infinitive in ( ). Russian grammar is pretty complicated, so we’ll just keep things simple here for this exercise.

Social Words

yes - да da

no/not - нет net

thank you - Спасибо spasibo

please - пожалуйста pozhaluysta

hello - Привет privet

good-bye - до свиданиЯ do svidaniya


I/me - Я ya/меня menya

my - мой moy/моя moya/мои moi

you - BЫ vy/TЫ ty

it - Это eto