With grammar that reminds you of those not-so-salad days studying Latin at school, an alphabet that would look strange to Socrates, and pronunciation that makes Polish seem easy, it's no wonder that few tourists arrive in (or indeed leave from) the motherland with much more than 'priviet' (hello) and 'spasiba' (thank you) under their belts. Bearing in mind however how few Russians, especially of the older generation, speak any English, getting to know a few phrases can prove invaluable. If that exceeds your effort limitations then you should at least learn the Cyrillic alphabet so that you can read the Metro maps! The time you spend studying will easily be compensated for by the time you save not going at 80mph in the wrong direction...
A few phrases translated for your benefit...
Vy gavarite pa angliyski?
Do you speak English? Skol'ka stoit?
How much is it? Ya vegeterianets
I am a vegetarian Priyatnavo apetita!
Where is the toilet? Skolko vam let?
How old are you? Oo tebya est paryen?
Do you have a boyfriend?
If you're planning to spend a long time in Russia then you should consider signing up for some lessons - how else are you going to talk your way out of a Police fine, navigate your way through Siberia or impress that sultry blonde who's been checking you out at the gym? There are a number of good language schools in Moscow and, as always, Moscow-life.com strives to keep you in the know! Check out our services directory and search under Language Schools to see who we list and, more importantly, how the public have rated them!
bin from Australia Reply
i would love tooooo ;)))) i will come over tonight and veiw your stamp collection babbbeeee.
Nyzo from Russia Reply
Good tips. I just moved to Moscow and these helped me really get around. I love GUM Department Store. I just bought a Jaguar too, life's good. (:
John from United Kingdom Reply
There are quite a few things wrong here. the question is, where to start? 1. content, the translations you have are nothing you can't get in a basic guide book. 2. spelling, not a lot, but some words are not correctly spelled out. 3. Wrong translations, здравствуйте - Hello ... привет - Hi. if required to address customs officers or police officers "привет" is NOT acceptable (I know this as fact, Moscow Militia do NOT have good humour)
tomas from Czech Republic Reply
Congratulation, I found by luck your language's pages. I studied Russian for more than 10 year and it is excellent possibility to brush up your nice language. Tomas
Ann from Belgium Reply
pls correct this: izvinite and na zdorovie