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Russian Power Phrases Video Lessons

August 16th, 2009

Russian phrases lesson series imageWelcome to my Russian Power Phrases video series. I have finally settled on the name Power Phrases, because.. well.. it’s a very effective method for learning Russian. People often ask me how I was able to learn Russian as fast as I did, and although there are a variety of things that came in to play, remembering phrases in the manner that I came up with was an important technique that enabled me to go from beginner to pretty good, pretty fast. In the lessons below, you will see that each phrase has two important parts. One part is to help remember the meaning of the word or phrase in Russian, and the other is to help remember the pronunciation of the Russian word or phrase. This method has been an important part of my studies and I hope you and others will find it helpful.

The phrases are presented in the order in which I found it useful to know them when I first came to Russia. Some would argue that knowing some basic greetings should be learned first. However, I disagree.. I decided to present these lessons with the traveler in mind, and this is why I choose to present “May I?” first.

Imagine you are going through airport security in Russia. What would be more useful to know? To the security officer: “Hi, I’m Mark. How are you today? I’m from America. Where are you from?” or.. the alternative, the Russian phrase for “May I”, as in “May I go through..” accompanied by a gesture to pass through the security gate. Or when trying to get a bite to eat for the first time when in Russia. Saying to the lady behind the food counter: “Hi, I’m Mark. How’s the weather? I’m from America. Do you like pizza? and getting a blank stare in return. Instead I wanted to give you words and phrases that will help you get things done easily. Try this instead: Chicken (from lesson #2) May I? And you’ll get what you want with no trouble at all.

#1 – The most useful Russian Phrase
#2 – Russian word for chicken
#3 – How to say Thank You in Russian
#4 – Russian word for Hi
#5 – How Much in Russian
#5a – review lesson
#6 – Russian phrase for I want
#7 – Word for Please in Russian
#7a – review lesson
#8 – How to say Here in Russian
#9 – Word for Currency Exchange in Russian
#10 – Russian for Where
#11 – Russian word for Toilet
#12 – Juice in Russian
#13 – The word for Tea in Russian
#14 – Salad, Pizza, Soup in Russian
#14a – review lesson
#14b – review lesson
#15 – Russian word for Beer
#15a – review lesson
#15b – review lesson
#16 – how to say Hello in Russian
#16a – review lesson
#16b – review lesson
#17 – Is that all, that’s it, in Russian
#17a – review lesson
#18 – Part 1 Russian for: This is myThis is your
#18 Part 2 – This is my, This is your
#18a – review lesson
#19 – Russian word for Airport
#19a – review lesson
#20 – How do you say in Russian
#20a – review lesson
#21 – Word for Here in Russian
#21a – review lesson
#22 – word for OK, good in Russian
#22a – review lesson
#22b – review lesson
#23 – Russian phrase for Is it far?
#23a – review lesson
#24 – on foot in Russian
#24a – review lesson
#24b – review lesson
#25 – How to say Excuse me in Russian
#25a – review lesson
#25b – review lesson
#26 Phrase for let’s go in Russian
#26a – review lesson
#26b – review lesson
#27 – Well done, good job in Russian Language
#27a – review lesson
#27b – review lesson
#28 Russian word for Map
#28a – review lesson
#28b – review lesson
#29 Russian for Water
#29a – review lesson
#29b – review lesson
#29c – review lesson
#30 How to say one moment, now in Russian
#30a – review lesson
#30b – review lesson
– Russian Power Phrases Final Review –

17 Russian Phrases for Love

August 1st, 2009

Russian phrases to express loveHow do I love thee, let me count the ways in Russian! As in English, the Russian language has many ways to express the feelings you have for your partner, and I would like to detail 17 Russian phrases for love in this article. As always, I will write the phrase in English twice. The first will help with pronunciation, the second will be the more common written version. And remember, the only true way to spell any of these phrases is in Cyrillic, but don’t worry: All Russians can read and pronounce the English alphabet. Let’s get started!

I love you. = Ya tebYA luBLU [Written: Ya tebya lublu]

This can be amplified with different adverbs and phrases. For example:

I really love you. = Ya tebya OCHin lublu. [Written: Ya tebya ochin lublu.]

I truly love you. = Ya daystVEETelno tibya lublu. [Written: Ya destvitelno tibya lublu.]

I love you very strongly. = Ya lublu tebya OCHin SEELnuh. [Written: Ya lublu tibya ochin silno.]

I love you with all my strength. = Ya lublu tibya eez za fsYEKH seel. [Written: Ya lublu tibya iz za fsex sil.]

I love you more than anyone else in the world. = Ya lublu tibya BOILsheh fsekh na SVYETyeh. [Written: Ya lublu tibya bolshe fsex na svete.]

You are my love. = Tee maiYAH luBOAF. [Written: Ti maya lubov.]

You are my only love. = Tee yehDEENstvinaya maya lubov. [Written: Ti edinstvinaya maya lubov.]

You are my beloved. = Tee maiYAH luBEEmaya. [Written: Ti maya lubimaya.] Though corny-sounding in English, calling a woman your beloved in Russian is extremely common and will win her over!

If you just met a woman and want to impress her, you can tell her the following:
I believe in love at first sight! = Ya VYERu v luBOAF SPYERvava vzGLYAda. [Written: Ya veryu v lubov s pervovo vzglada.] You can then follow up with a question:
´┐ŻAnd do you believe, also? = A tee TOzhe VYEReesh? [Written: A ti tozhe verish?]

Dear! = DoroGAya. [Written: Dorogaya.] This is the most common form of address when speaking to your girlfriend or wife. You could also refer to her as

Sweety! = MEElaya. [Written: Milaya.]

Often, the adjective my is added before these:

My dear! = DoroGAya maya. [Written: Dorogaya maya.]

My sweety! = Meelaya maya. [Written: Milaya maya.]

I adore you. = Ya tebYA ahbihZHAIyu. [Written: Ya tebya obizhayu.]

You are my second half. = Tee maiYAH ftaRAYA palahVEENa. [Written: Ti maya ftoraya polovina.] This phrase, about her being your second half, is extremely common in Russian.

Hopefully you found this list of Russian phrases for love to be useful. Now go put them to work for you!