20 Conversational Russian Words and Phrases You Should Know

Posted on May 23rd, 2016

conversational RussianToday’s Russian lesson is going to be so much fun! You will learn twenty conversational Russian words and phrases that you will often come across in spoken Russian. You might hear these words from your Russian friends or family, or even see them online on Facebook or vKontakte. Some of these Russian words are mild slang words while others are diminutives that were formed from popular nouns. Below the word you will find an example of how you can use it in Russian speech with English translation. 

Let’s start with Russian greetings. The word below – is a very informal Russian greeting that you will often hear from your Russian friends.
Приветик! [pree-VYE-teek] hi
Приветик! Как поживаешь?
Hi! How are you?

privetik_russian

The word below is a very informal way of saying goodbye. You will hear me saying this word often at the end of my videos:
Пока-пока! [pa-KA pa-KA] bye-bye
Увидимся! Пока-пока!
I’ll see you later! Bye-bye!

This conversational Russian phrase came from Russian “Как делa?” or “how are you?”.
Как делишки? [KAK dee-LEESH-kee] how are you?
Привет! Как делишки?
Hi! How are you?

The Russian phrase below is very similar to its English translation and is often used in conversational Russian.
Супер-пупер! [SOO-pyer POO-pyer] super-duper!
У него машина просто супер-пупер!
He’s got a super-duper car!

The word below is actually a diminutive adverb that comes from the Russian word “чудно” that means “excellent, sweet”.
Чудненько [CHOOD-neen’-ka] adv., dimin., sweet, excellent, cool
– Как жизнь?
– Чудненько!

– How’s life?
– Sweet!

This one is simple. Right? Guess what word the diminutive below was formed from?
Спасибки! [spa-SEEP-kee] thank you, thanks
– С днём рождения!
– Спасибки!

– Happy Birthday!
– Thanks!
That’s right! The word above was formed from Russian “cпасибo”.

Here is a good answer to a Russian “thank you”:
Не за что! [NYE za shta] not at all, it’s okay, you are welcome
– Спасибо большое!
– Не за что!

– Thank you very much!
– Not at all!

You can also say:
Без проблем [bees prab-LYEM] no problem
– Спасибо за твою помощь.
– Без проблем!

– Thank you for your help!
– No problem!

If you are praising someone, use the Russian word below:
Молодец! [ma-la-DYETS] good boy, good girl
Ты опять выиграл! Молодец!
You won again! Good boy/ girl!

Molodets in Russian

This Russian word is a slang word that is used to describe someone who is weird or strange.
Кадр [KADR] strange, weird person
Он тот ещё кадр!
He is very weird!

Feeling disappointed, surprised or startled? Love pancakes? Use the word below to communicate your emotion in Russian:
Блин! [BLEEN] an exclamation that is used to express surprise, disappointment, pain. Similar to English “Damn!”, etc. (Lit., pancake)
Блин! Я опять проиграл!
Damn! I lost again!

The word below is a Russian slang word that is used to describe someone or something cute:
Няшный [NYASH-niy] adj., pleasant, nice, sweet
Этот котёнок такой няшный.
This kitten is so sweet.

This word is a diminutive that is often used in spoken Russian. It comes from Russian word “ладно”.
Ладненько [LAD-neen’-ka] ok
Ладненько, пойду я домой.
Okay, I think I’ll get going home.

English “no worries” in Russian will be:
Ничего страшного [nee-chee-VO STRASH-na-va] it’s okay, no worries
– Извини, пожалуйста.
– Ничего страшного.

– I’m sorry.
– It’s okay.

If you are feeling annoyed by someone, you can simply say:
Ты меня уже достал(а)! [TI mee-NYA oo-ZHYE das-TA-la] I’m sick of you already!
Иди домой! Ты меня уже достал!
Go home! I had enough of you!

Here is Russian slang word for a mobile or cell phone:
Мобила [ma-BEE-la] n., f., a mobile/ cell phone
У тебя классная мобила!
You have a cool mobile phone.

Here is another Russian slang word. It’s often used to describe someone or something funny.
Угарный [oo-GAR-niy ] adj., funny
Посмотри на этого щенка. Он такой угарный!
Look at this puppy! He is so funny!

The Russian word below is a diminutive from word “печенье”. You will hear it a lot in conversational Russian.
Печенька [pee-CHYEN’-ka] n., f., dimin., a cookie, a biscuit
Печеньку будешь?
Do you want a cookie?

pechenka_russian

Since we are on a topic of yummy snacks, here is a diminutive form of Russian word “кофе” (coffee).
Кофеёк [ka-fee-YOK] n., m., dimin., coffee
Кофеёк с пряниками – так вкусно!
Coffee with honey-cakes – so tasty!

And a diminutive from the Russian noun “чай” (tea).
Чаёк [cha-YOK] n., m., dimin., tea
Садись. Будем чаёк пить.
Sit down. We’ll have some tea.

A small deviation from the Russian words for snacks. The word below is a Russian slang word that means “fake”.
Липовый [LEE-pa-viy] adj., fake
У него липовый паспорт.
He’s got a fake passport.

Below is an infographic with all conversational Russian words and phrases you’ve learned in this lesson. Feel free to save it or share!

conversational Russian words and phrases

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Talk to you soon! Пока-пока!

  1. jorge

    A great idea in showing us the common usage of the Russian language, this helps to pay closer attention when hearing someone speak it. Do you recommend any programs or movies one can watch on TV to help one develop his listening skills?
    Thank you for all the work you put in teaching the Russian language.

  2. maarc simbrow

    how do u say good luck in Russian

    • anna

      we say udachi – удачи

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