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Привет! Меня зовут Майкл! Я дизайнер. А ты?

In this lesson you will learn how to say hello in Russian in different situations. Also you will find a simple guide to professions — masculine, feminine and both.

  • Part 1. Greetings
  • Part 2. Professions


Greetings are very important in Russian. Ways of greeting people and introducing oneself vary in different situations. In an official situation, you should only use здравствуйте and вы (the polite, official form of «you»). If the person you are talking to introduces himself or herself using his or her name and patronymic, do your best to pronounce it. That way, you will show your respect to him or her. In an informal situation (provided you are certain that it is informal), you can say ты and use a short form of the name without the patronymic.

  • — Здравствуйте!
  • — Здравствуйте!
  • — Меня зовут Клаус. А как вас зовут?
  • — Меня зовут Пётр Иванович.
  • — Очень приятно.
  • — Мне тоже.
  • — Hello!
  • — Hello!
  • — My name is Claus. What is your name?
  • — My name is Petr Ivanovich.
  • — Pleasure to meet you!
  • — Nice to meet you, too!
  • — Привет!
  • — Привет!
  • — Меня зовут Ирина. А как тебя зовут?
  • — Меня зовут Юра.
  • — Hi!
  • — Hi!
  • — My name is Irina. What’s your name?
  • — My name is Yura.

Formal Situation:

  • Здравствуйте! — Hello!
  • Как вас зовут? — What is your name?
  • Очень приятно! — Pleasure to meet you!
  • До свидания! — Good bye!
  • Вы — You
  • Пётр Иванович — Petr Ivanovich
  • Господин Максим Сергеев — Mr. Maxim Sergeev
  • Госпожа Ирина Смирнова — Mrs. Irina Smirnova
  • Александр

Informal situation:

  • Привет! — Hi!
  • Как тебя зовут? — What is your name?
  • Очень приятно! — Pleasure to meet you!
  • Пока! — Bye!
  • Ты — You
  • Петя — Petya (informal for Petr)
  • Максим
  • Ира — Ira (informal for Irina)
  • Саша — Sasha (informal for Aleksandr)

Задание 1. Слушайте и читайте.

Task 1. Listen to the dialogues and read the texts.

Dialogue 1

  • — Здравствуйте!
  • — Здравствуйте!
  • — Меня зовут Антон.
  • — Меня зовут Наташа.

Dialogue 2

  • — Здравствуйте!
  • — Здравствуйте!
  • — Меня зовут Алексей, а Вас?
  • — Меня зовут Карина.
  • — Очень приятно.

Dialogue 3

  • — Здравствуйте, как Вас зовут?
  • — Здравствуйте! Меня зовут Петя, а Вас?
  • — Очень приятно. Меня зовут Алексей Петрович.
  • — Очень приятно.

Задание 2. Как Вас зовут?

Task 2. Listen, repeat and then introduce yourself in Russian.


Задание 3. Закончите диалоги.

Task 3. Drag the words to complete the texts.

  • — Здравствуйте!
  • — Здравствуйте! . зовут Антон.
  • — . зовут Наташа.
  • — Здравствуйте!
  • — Здравствуйте, . зовут Алексей, а . ?
  • — . зовут Карина.
  • — Очень приятно.
  • — Очень приятно.
  • — Здравствуйте, как . зовут?
  • — Здравствуйте! . зовут Петя. А . ?
  • — Очень приятно. . зовут Алексей Петрович.
  • — Очень приятно.


Some professions have genders in Russian. For example, a male athlete is спортсмен, while his female counterpart would be спортсменка. The —ка ending is used for specific types of female sports professionals as well. While specfic types of musicians follow this —ка ending rule for women, a major exception is the word musician itself—where either a man or woman of this profession would be known as музыкант. Office, public and social professions are gender—universal today (he/she директор, кассир, профессор). See the grammar table «Professions» to learn the Russian words for basic professions.


Задание 4. Какая профессия?

Task 4. Match the words to the pictures. Use your mouse to drag the words.

  • Преподаватель
  • Врач
  • Менеджер
  • Актёр
  • Журналист
  • Актриса
  • Журналистка
  • Спортсмен
  • Спортсменка
  • Секретарь

Personal Pronouns

Задание 5. «Он» или «она»?

Task 5. Drag the words to the table according to their gender.

  • Актриса
  • Журналистка
  • Доктор
  • Политик
  • Менеджер
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Задание 6. Напишите профессии.

Task 6. Look at the pictures and write the professions according to their gender. Use the on-screen keyboard.

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Reading in Russian

22 November, 2020

Reading in Russian: Where to Start

In today’s classes, the topic of reading in Russian came up. Most teachers would agree that reading is the best way to consolidate the grammar and vocab that you’ve learnt, but this shouldn’t be restricted to reading texts and hand-outs from your teachers. To get a real feel for the language, it is important to read additional material that pushes you and allows you to get used to the way Russian is written; after all, to make your Russian sound the most fluent possible, it is important that you use Russian syntax and constructions rather than simply relaying your mother tongue with Russian words and grammar. However, reading beyond your textbook can seem daunting and it can be hard to pick the right texts for your level. But no fear, Ellie is here, and I’ve put together some top tips to help you find the best way to up your Russian through reading.

1. Read something that interests you!

If you are not interested in what you are reading, then you’d most likely struggle to get to the end of the text in your own language, let alone in a language you are just learning. Make sure that you’ve picked something that you know you would enjoy no matter what, so that the only obstacle ahead is Russian. That means picking genres that you find the most enjoyable and themes that you can relate to, but it is also a question of text type and length. If you know you hate to read anything longer than a novella, then why would it be any different in Russian? Be sensible and pragmatic in your choice of text. After all, the challenge of running a marathon is halved if you enjoy running to begin with, and the same applies here.

2. Pick works and authors to suit your level

As much as we all want to say we’ve read Crime and Punishment in Russian, be realistic. If this book is a challenge in your native language, chances are you need to have a lot of Russian under your belt to get to grips with it in the original. However some classics are a lot easier. Chekhov (Чехов), for example, is generally known for writing relatively simply – though the flip side is that there will probably be a lot of unknown vocab. However, wonderful literature is not limited to the age of Chekhov and Co.; Soviet literature is also amazing and makes for fascinating reads. For me, Soviet literature is a second golden age in the Russian canon, especially when it comes to satirical pieces. Try authors like Sergei Dovlatov (Сергей Довлатов) and Mikhail Zoshchenko (Михайл Зощенко), whose works are interesting and relatively simple as well as being not too long.

3. Don’t limit yourself to novels!

In spite of the above recommendations, that doesn’t mean you have to read only long works of literature. In fact, many Soviet authors wrote rasskazy (рассказы) or short stories first and foremost, including both Dovlatov and Zoshchenko. But if literature isn’t your thing or still seems rather daunting, then good magazines can be an alternative. I, for example, read history or biography magazines, as they are somewhere in-between journalistic and literary styles. They tell stories, but based on facts and so may appeal more to those of a real-life disposition. Furthermore, articles are never more than a few pages long! Just be careful to avoid more gossip-style magazines and the like, as they may use a more informal style and therefore be misguiding for those learning Russian as a foreign language.

4. Translated works maybe help

Sometimes reading a book or novella in Russian that you’ve read in your own language can aid understanding, so you can concentrate on language learning and not story-following. For example, no matter how many invented terms are in Harry Potter, I know the first book inside out, so it is always a super simple book for me to start with in foreign languages. Choosing something you are familiar with may also help you to know whether the language used is simple or not. Another way of preventing massive comprehension issues is to pick a story you know well from a film. For example, I recently read the Russian translation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. I know the story from the film and therefore, despite never having read the book in English, I found reading it relatively simple, whilst still learning new words and getting used to how Russian is constructed, helping me to avoid anglicisms in my own Russian.

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5. K >Despite me reading Coraline and finding it simple, that does not mean that all children’s literature is. Remember the books you read as a child? How many of them were set in fantasy worlds with mythical creatures and terms made up by the author? How many of them use dramatic language and require a lot of imagination to picture the scene? A fair few, I am sure. So unless you know the story well, I would perhaps stick to more contemporary and realistic works. One of the biggest myths is that fairy tales for children are simple: they may seem so in our own language because we had them read to us from a young age, but they often contain archaisms and are not particularly useful for practical language learning.

6. Don’t be afra > Dual language books – such as my one in Russian and French – are great language tools.

My biggest piece of advice is to go forth and read! There is something for everyone on the world’s bookshelves and in Russian language too. You just have to take the time to find it. Ask your Russian teacher what they would recommend, as they know your level and know what is out there. Ask Russian friends with similar interests for their ideas too: perhaps they could recommend magazines with interesting articles in good Russian or an author they think you would enjoy. Try sites such as and to find a wider range of works, including many dual-language books that mean you don’t have to thumb through the dictionary for new words as they are written right there. And lastly, do not give up! Reading is great for maintaining a healthy mind in your mother tongue and for developing skills in your second language. Even if for the first part of a text you feel like you’re looking up a lot of words, don’t lose hope – a few pages in and you’ll be able to read more freely and will know enough context to work the words out so as to focus on constructions and grammar.

So go and get a nice, hot cuppa and sit down with some Russian reading. It sounds like the perfect way to spend a chilly winter evening if you ask me!

Ellie, currently studying Russian at Liden & Denz Moscow

Posted by Ellie

Hi there! I am a Modern Languages graduate from the UK, spending some time in Moscow to get some work experience, practice my Russian and enjoy the city! I hope you enjoy the blog.

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In fact, there are many things that make Russian easier to learn than other languages. The key is to use these things to your advantage. Here are some things that make Russian easier.

1. Once you learn the alphabet, you can pronounce almost all words quite accurately. With Russian the pronunciation is normally quite clear from the written form of the word.

2. Russian does not use complicated sentence structures like English. You can normally say exactly what you want with just a few words. For example, in English to be polite we would say something like “can you please pass me the salt”, however in Russian they would say something simpler like “give salt please”. Speaking so directly may even feel unusual for an English speaker, however it is perfectly normal, just add the word ‘please’ to be polite. This makes it easy to say what you want in Russian, and it will probably be correct. Less words also makes listening to people easier, as you can just pick out the important words.

3. Russian uses the case system. Instead of having a strict sentence word order like in English, you just need to change the ends of the nouns. This makes Russian a very expressive language, because you can emphasise a point by changing the order of the words in a sentence. It also helps you understand what people are trying to say.

4. Russian does not use articles. (Like “a” and “the”)

5. Russian has fewer tenses than English. Russian does not bother with the difference between “I was running”, “I had been running”, etc.

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1. You should practice writing and speaking Russian. Even if you are only speaking to yourself. It will help it to stay in your memory.

2. After you have done a lesson, review it that night. If you review something on the same day, you are more likely to remember it. Particularly if you do it before you go to sleep.

3. Through-out the day, when you say something in English, try to think how you would say it in Russian.

4. Try printing out lessons and putting them in places where you will see them, for example in the toilet, in the shower (where it won’t get wet), or at your desk at work.

5. Keep your lesson notes with you. Review them whenever you are bored or waiting for something. For example on a train, or in someone’s car. You could even try making small flash-cards with a Russian word on one side, and the English on the other. Keep them in your pocket, and test yourself on a few words whenever you get the chance.

6. It is important to learn a word or phrase from ‘Russian to English’ as well as ‘English to Russian’. That way you will remember how to say it, not just recognise it when you hear it.

7. Most importantly, when you get the chance: Practice! Never be afraid to make mistakes. Everyone does! The people who make the most mistakes learn the most. Always try to explain what you want, even if it takes time. Even seek out Russians who can’t speak English and try to speak to them. You may not have the chance to practice at home, so if you travel to Russia practice as much as you can.

8. Join our forums section and practice writing things in Russian. To learn Russian you must practice. In particular you must practice writing and speaking, so that you learn to express yourself. Otherwise only your reading will improve. You must write and speak!

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