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Learn Russian - Week 1

25. October 2012 by Lorena 0 Comments

One of the ways to flatter and impress your Russian bride is to learn at least a few words of her language. She will be touched by your efforts to get to know her culture and her country. Plus, knowing a bit of Russian will make everything much easier when it comes time to travel and meet her in person.

 

Russian is one of the most widely spoken Eurasian languages. It’s spoken in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other countries that were once part of the U.S.S.R. There are 33 characters in the Russian alphabet, which is known as Cyrillic.

 

Each week, we will share a few basic Russian phrases with you and a few Cyrillic characters so you can begin sounding things out for yourself. Phrases will be presented in Cyrillic, then their Latin alphabet transliteration, and finally phonetically. 

 

Before you know it, you’ll be having short conversations with that special lady in her native tongue. In our first lesson, you will learn a few Cyrillic characters and how to introduce yourself to a Russian girl.

 

The first four characters of the Russian Cyrillic alphabet are:

 

 

And, our phrases for the week:

Давайте познакомимся

Davayte poznakomimsya

(Duh-vahy-tee-pah-znuh-koh-meem-syeh)

Translation: Let’s get acquainted!

Tip: This is used to suggest introducing yourselves.

 

 

Давайте 

Davayte

(Duh-vahy-tee)

Translation: Let’s (introduce ourselves)!        

Tip: This phrase is used to agree to an introduction. Drop the “те” to be VERY casual.

 

Меня зовут…

Menya zovut…

(Mee-nya zah-vooht)…

Translation: My name is…

Tip: This phrase is the same both casually and formally. It means “I am called…(name).”

 

Очень приятно

Ochenʹ priyatno

(Oh-cheen pree-yat-nah)

Translation: Pleased to meet you.

Tip: This directly translates as “Very pleasant.” 

 

Мне тоже

Mne tozhe

(Mnyeh toh-zheh)

It was nice to meet you too.

Tip: This directly translates as “me too!”

 

Did you know: Ukrainian and Russian are distinct but related languages. While Ukrainian has been the official language of Ukraine since 1991, almost all Ukrainians also speak Russian fluently. This makes Russian the best language to learn if you are not sure which of the two countries you will visit.