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We want to help you learn important and most common Russian Phrases and Sentences. This guide from Russian Translation Pros is for those who are about to travel to Russia, Ukraine or a Former Soviet Union Republic and need to know basic phrases. Russian language is still very popular and commonly spoken language on the Post-Soviet states. You can ask more specific Russian Questions an experienced Russian translator on our Russian Translation Forum FREE of charge.

The first entry is an English word or phrase, second is Russian Transliteration, and third entry is a transcription. So, here we go:

Hi - Privet (prieve't);
Hello - Zdravstvuite (zdra'stvujte);
How are you - Kak Dela (kak dela');
I'm fine - U menja dela horosho (u mjenja' djela horosho');
My dear - Moja Dorogaja (moia' doroga'ia );
Sweetie - Solnyshko (so'lnishko);
I love you - Ja tebja Lublu (Ja tjebja' ljublju');
What is your name - Kak tebja zovut (ka'k tjebja' zovu't);
My name is John - Menja zovut Dzhon (mjenja' zovu't John);
Cool - Kruto (kru'to) (if you are to say this, Russian Women will be very amazed and surprised to hear this Russian Slang Word from a Foreign Man*);
And (preposition) - i (ee, more like in meet);
But - No (no, not like in English word "No", but like in nob);
Do you speak English - Ti govorish po-angliiski (ti' govori'sh po angli'iski);
YES - DA (da);
Not - Net (nie't);
OK - Horosho (horosho');

Funny Russian Phrases and Jokes

                  

Most of the time Russian jokes and funny phrases are called Anecdote in Russian language. This word was formed from a Greek word. Russian jokes are short, sometimes it's a play of words, different meanings of words. And these phrases are told from one person to another. To understand funny phrases and jokes you have to be aware of social events, people, literature, history and geography. Russian jokes embrace almost all spheres of human life, such as work, family life, and politics. Russians usually make fun of nationalities unlike Americans. So, it's ok to hear jokes that are considered racial in Russia. Most of the time authors of the funny stories are unknown. We found some good Russian humorous stories for you as an example with a Russian translation and transliteration.

1. Сделать женщину счастливой - легко, только очень дорого. It is easy to make a woman happy, but it is very expensive. Sdelat' zhenshinu schastlivoi - legko, tolko ochen' dorogo.

2. К тому времени, когда приучаешься спокойно переносить все, что о тебе говорят, о тебе уже ничего не говорят... By the time you get used to stand what people say about you with patience - they don't talk about you at all... K tomu vremeni, kogda priuchaeshsja spokoino perenosit' vse, chto o tebe govorjat, o tebe uzhe nichego ne govorjat...

3. Твоя голова всегда в ответе за то, куда сядет твой зад. Your head is always responsible for where your butt sits. Tvoja golova vsegda v otvete za to, kuda sjadet tvoi zad.

4. Из всех натуральных соков могу позволить себе только желудочный. Out of all natural juices, I can afford only my gastric juice. Iz vseh naturalnyh sokov mogu pozvolit' sebe tolko zheludochnyj.

5. Не умеешь работать мышкой - работай лопатой... If you can't work with a mouse - work with a shovel. Ne umeesh rabotat' myshkoi - rabotaj lopatoi...

6. Самым большим доказательством существования разумной жизни во вселенной является тот факт, что с нами до сих пор никто не попытался связаться. The most important evidence of existence of intelligent life in the universe is the fact that nobody has tried to contact with us. Samym bolwim dokazatelstvom zhizni vo vselennoi yavljaetsja tot fakt, chto s nami do sih por nikto ne popytalsja svjazat'sja.

7. Любите внуков - они отомстят детям... Love your grandchildren - they will take revenge upon your children. Lubite vnukov - oni otomstjat detjam...

8. Любой женатый мужчина должен забыть о своих ошибках: двум людям нет необходимости помнить одно и то же. Any married man should forget his mistakes: there is no need for two people to remember the same things. Lyuboi zhenatyj muzhchina dolzhen zabyt' o svoih oshibkah: dvum ludjam net neobhodimosti pomnit' odno i to zhe.

9. Выкуренная сигарета сокращает жизнь на 2 часа, выпитая бутылка водки - на 3. Рабочий день сокращает жизнь на 8 часов. One cigarette reduces your life by 2 hours, one bottle of vodka - 3 hours. Your working day reduces your life by 8 hours. Vikurennaja sigareta sokrashaet zhizn' na 2 chasa, vipitaja butylka vodki - na 3. Rabochii den' sokrashaet zhizn' na 8 chasov.

10. Неправда, что женатые живут дольше. Это им так кажется. It's not true that married people live longer. It just seems like it to them. Nepravda, chto zhenatye zhivut dol'she. Eto im tak kazhetsja.

11. Если человек счастлив больше одного дня, значит от него что-то скрывают. If a person is happy for more than one day, that means that people are hiding something from him. Esli chelovek schastliv bol'she odnogo dnja, znachit ot nego chto-to skrivajut.

12. Может ли собака получить инфаркт? Может, если ей создать человеческие условия. Can a dog have a heart attack? Yes, it can, if human conditions will be created for it. Mozhet li sobaka poluchit' infarkt? Mozhet, esli ei sozdat' chelovecheskie uslovija.

13. Какое сходство между женской ножкой и телевышкой? Чем выше, тем больше дух захватывает. What are the similarities between a woman's leg and a cellular tower? The higher it is, the more it grasps your heart. Kakoe shodstvo mezhdu zhenskoi nozhkoi i televishkoi? Chem vyshe, tem bol'she duh zahvatyvaet.

14. Почему петух поeт всю жизнь? Потому, что у него много жeн и ни одной тeщи. Why does a rooster sings all his life? Because he's got a lot of wives and not a single mother in law. Pochemu petuh poet vsju zhizn'? Potomu, chto u nego mnogo zhen i ni odnoi teshi.

15. Откуда происходят все болезни? Все болезни от нервов, только сифилис от удовольствия. Where do all the illnesses come from? All the illnesses come from nerves, only syphilis comes from pleasure. Otkuda proishodyat vse bolezni? Vse bolezni ot nervov, tolko sifilis ot udovolstvija.

Loving and Supporting Phrases in Russian language

                  

Russian women like other women in the world will melt in your hands when you start using these love phrases and sentences. But these words should come from the bottom of your heart and you should really mean it when pronouncing them. You can add and mix these phrases and show your support to your beloved one. It became very popular to use tender names of animals when you refer to your soulmate. You can choose the one that corresponds to your person. For your convenience and easy learning, you will find a Russian love phrase, then equivalent of it in English and a phonetical translation of the words. Your pronunciation doesn't matter that much, because the person you address the words to will most probably correct you or will find your accent very attractive and you will see a smile of your beloved woman or man.

Сладенькая моя - My sweetheart - Sla'deenkaja maja;
Ангелочек мой - My angel - Angilo'chik moi';
Апельсинка моя - My orange - Apelsi'nka maja;
Белочка моя - My squirrel - Be'lachka maja;
Бельченок мой - My little squirrel - Bilcho'nok moi;
Котик мой - My cat - Ko'tik moi;
Кошечка моя - My little cat - Ko'shechka maja;
Котенок мой - My little kitty - Kotyo'nok moi;
Моя богиня - My Goddess - Maja bagee'nja;
Нежная девушка - My tender girl - Ne'zhnaja de'vushka;
Ласковая девушка - Affectionate girl - La'skavaja devushka;
Любимая девушка - Loving girl - Lyubi'maja devushka;
Сладкая ягодка - Sweet berry - Sla'dkaya ya'gadka;
Солнышко яркое - Bright sunshine - So'lnishko ja'rkaje;
Лапусик - there is no translation for this word, but it's a very cute one - Lapoo'sik;
Малышка - Babe - Mali'shka;
Рыбка моя - My little fish - Ri'bka maja;
Красавица - My beauty - Krasa'vitsa;
Девочка моя - My little girl - De'vachka maja;
Умненькая девочка - Smart girl - U'mninkaja de'vachka;
Кнопочка - Little button - Kno'pachka;
Цыпа - Little chicken - Tsi'pa;
Игривая моя - My playful girl - Eegree'vaja maja;
Сладкоешка - A person who loves eating sweets - Sladaye'shka;
Моя самая красивая девушка - My most beautiful girl - Maja' sa'maja krasee'vaja de'vushka;

You can also make up your own Russian love phrases by adding and mixing these words:

My - Моя - Maja' - you can put this pronoun in the beginning of your phrase or sentence.

And then you can use one of these adjectives that express your emotion towards the woman:

Стройная - Slim - Stro'jnaja;
Красивая - Beautiful - Krasee'vaja;
Заботливая - Caring - Zabo'tlivaja;
Очаровательная - Charming - Achirava'telnaja;
Сексуальная - Sexy - Seksua'lnaja;
Нежная - Tender - Ne'zhnaja;
Добрая - Kind - Do'braja;
Привлекательная - Attractive - Privleka'telnaja;
Милая - Darling - Mee'laja;
Умная - Smart - U'mnaja;
Неповторимая - Unique - Nipavtaree'maja;
Страстная - Hot - Stra'snaja;
Пушистая - Bushy - Pushee'staja;
Веселая - Cheerful - Visyo'laja;
Романтичная - Romantic - Ramantee'chnaja;
Единственная - The only one - Yedee'nstvenaja;
Желанная - Desirable - Zhila'naja;
Лучшая - The best - Lu'chshaja;
Скромная - Decent - Skro'mnaja;
Сладенькая - Sweet - Sla'dinkaja;
Улыбчивая - Smiling - Uli'bchivaja;
Ароматная - Sweet-scented - Arama'tnaja;
Игривая - Playful - Igree'vaja;
Любимая - Beloved - Lubee'maja;
Дорогая - Dear - Daraga'ja;

The list can go on and on, there are so many nice, loving and tender words that you can name your woman...

And at the end you can add a noun for your beloved woman:

Девушка - Girl or Girlfriend - De'vushka;
Женщина - Woman - Zhe'nshina;
Девочка - Little girl - De'vachka;
Красавица - Beauty - Krasa'vitsa;
Умница - Clever girl - U'mnitsa;
Подруга - Girlfriend - Padroo'ga;
Солнышко - Sunshine - Solnishko;

So, if you want to say 'My dear woman' - you would put it like: Моя дорогая женщина.

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