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Learn Russian – Counting and Currency

3. January 2013 by Lorena 0 Comments

One of the first transactions I attempted, (and flubbed) when I visited Russia as a teenager was my attempt to buy some fresh currants.


“Сколько?” I asked. (How much?)


“Литр,” the woman at the stall replied. (One liter.) Not the answer I was looking for. I couldn’t remember the words for money or cost, and it seemed imprudent to start waving money around. Luckily, my host mother took over the transaction. I walked away with my berries, and only a little less of my pride.


Want your first monetary transaction in Ukraine to go more smoothly? Learn a bit of basic vocabulary:



1 - один (a-deen)

2 - два (dva)

3 - три (tree)

4 - четыре (chye-tir-ye)

5 - пять (pyat)

6 - шесть (shest)

7 - семь (syem)

8 - восемь (vo-syem)

9 - девять (dyev-yat)

10 -десять (dyes-yat)


11 through 19 are easy once you memorize 1 through 10. Simply add надцать (nad-sat) to the end of each number:


11 – одиннадцать (a-deen-nad-sat)

12 – двенадцать (dve-nad-sat)

13 – тринадцать (tree-nad-sat)

14 – четырнадцать (chye-tir-nad-sat)

15 – пятнадцать (pyat-nad-sat)

16 – шестнадцать (shest-nad-sat)

17 – семнадцать (sem-nad-sat)

18 – восемнадцать (vo-sem-nad-sat)

19 – девятнадцать (dyes-yat-nad-sat)


Helpful Phrases

Сколько стоит?

(Skol-ko stoit?)

How much does this cost?


Вы принимаете кредитные карточки?

(Vy prinimayete kreditnyye kartochki?)

Do you accept credit cards?


Где здесь банкомат?

(Gde zdesʹ bankomat?)

Where is the ATM?

Tip: The currency of Ukraine is called the Hryvnia. You’ll most likely get the best exchange rate by withdrawing cash from ATMs.


Brush up on your Russian by reviewing prior lessons here.

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