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Russian Phrases For the Airport

March 7th, 2010
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You just flew in to Moscow’s Sheremetevo’s airport. You’re exhausted and hungry, and yet now you have to deal with the hassle of passport control and getting your luggage, and possibly even making a connecting flight. Let’s prep you for this now, so you’ll be comfortable when you get there. Let’s learn some Russian phrases for the airport online:

Let’s greet the officer at Passport Control.

zdrast – vvooey – tyeh

(Listen to the sound file at the top of this article.)

Here is my passport.
Вот мой пасспорт.
vote moi passport.

Once he’s stamped your passport and handed it back to you, thank him:

It’s time to search for your luggage. Let’s keep things simple for now and just ask:

Where — baggage?

Где багаж?
gdyeh bagazh?

Let’s say you need to buy a ticket to your next destination. These airports aren’t as big as their U.S. and European counterparts, so you’ll find the ticket counters easily enough. Let’s buy a ticket:

One ticket to ____, please.

Один билет в ____, пожалуйста.
Odeen beelyet v ____ pozhaluista.

It’s important to know things like when boarding is, and when the departure is, so let’s ask:

When does boarding begin?

Когда начинается посадка?
kogda nachinaiesta posadka?

When is departure?
Когда вылет?
kogda vweelet?

Hopefully the person you’re speaking with will know some English. In airports, at least some of the personnel usually speaks some English. Still, though, I thinks it’s best to ask them: “Can you write that down, please?”

Напишите пожалуйста.
Napisheetyeh, pozhaluista.

Be sure to make a writing gesture, in case they have trouble understanding you. Anyway, ticket in hand, you head off to find your gate.

You’ve checked the monitors, which have writing in both English and Russian, so you’re feeling pretty confident that you’re waiting in the right area to board your next flight. Still, you want to be sure. Let’s ask someone:

Is this the flight to ____ ?

Это рейс в _____ ?
eto race v ____ ?

For example: Is this the flight to Ekaterinburg?

Это рейс в Екатеринбург?
Eto race v Yihkaterinburg?

You’re boarding the plane now. Let’s confirm that you’re about to take the right seat. Ask the stewardess:

“Is this my seat?”

Это моё место?
Eto maiyo myesto?

Hopefully she’ll say, “Da” which means “Yes.”
If she says, “Nyet,” (No), she’ll probably lead your to the correct seat.

After this next flight, after you’ve collected your bags, you might want a taxi. Luckily, the word for taxi always seems to be TAXI no matter where you go. The only difference is that Russian moves the emphasis. We say “TAxi” with emphasis on the “a”, they say, ‘tahk-SEE’ with emphasis on the “ee” at the end.

There you have it. Some of the most useful Russian phrases for the airport.

Enjoy your flight!
Russian Phrases For the Airport

How To Construct Useful Russian Phrases

August 23rd, 2009

Because of something called cases, it can be difficult to construct useful phrases in Russian. However, if you’re willing to allow some minor grammatical mistakes in your communications, then there’s a host of useful Russian phrases you can create, using the fill-in-the-blank method below.

Before getting started, it should be pointed out that the only correct spelling of a Russian word is with the Russian (Cyrillic) alphabet. Since I will be using only English letters in this article, I will be giving two different spellings: The first will help with pronounciation, where capital letters indicate emphasis, and the second version will show the more common, simplified written form. Ready? Let’s get started:

Phrase #1: Do you like______ ?
Phonetic spelling: TibYEAH NRAHveetsa ________ ?
Usually written: Tebe nravitsa ________ ?
Literally: To you is pleasing _______ ?
Example: Tebe nravitsa chocolate? (To you is pleasing chocolate?)

Phrase #2: I like ________ .
Phonetic spelling: minYEAH NRAHveetsa ________ .
Usually written: Mne nravitsa ________ .
Literally: To me is pleasing _______ .
Example: Mne nravitsa pizza. (To me is pleasing pizza.)

Phrase #3: Where is ________ located?
Phonetic spelling: GihDYEAH naKHOdeetsa _______ ?
Usually written: Gde naxoditsa ________ ?
Literally: Where is located _______ ?
Example: Gde naxoditsa toilet? (Where is located the toilet?)

Phrase #4: How old are you?
Phonetic spelling: SKOILka tihBYEAH lyet?
Usually written:skolko tebe let?
Literally: How many to you years?

Phrase #5: I am ____ years old.
Phonetic spelling: minYEAH ____ lyet.
Usually written: mne ____ let.
Literally: To me ____ years.
Example: Mne 40 let. (To me 40 years.)

Phrase #6: I want _____ .
Phonetic spelling: Ya khaCHU ____ .
Usually written: ya xochu _____ .
Literally: I want _____ .
Example: Ya xochu soup. (I want soup.)

Phrase #7: D you want _____ ?
Phonetic spelling: Tee KHOchish _____ ?
Usually written: Ti xochish _____?
Literally: You want _____ ?
Example: Ti xochish coffee? (You want coffee?)

Phrase #8: What do you do?
Phonetic spelling: chem tee zahniMAIeshsya?
Usually written: chem ti zanimaeshsya?
Literally: With what do you occupy yourself?

Phrase #9: I spend my time doing _______ . [NOTE: This is in answer to the question above.]
Phonetic spelling: ya zahniMAHyous ________om.
Usually written: ya zanimayus _____om.
Literally: I occupy myself with _____ .
Example: Ya zanimayus sportom. (I spend my time playing sports.)
Example: Ya zanimayus businessom. (I spend my time doing business.)

Phrase #10: I live in ________ .
Phonetic spelling: Ya zhiVU v ______ .
Usually written: ya zhivu v ______ .
Literally: I live in ______ .
Example: Ya zhivu v America. (I live in America.)

As I mentioned, there are plenty of grammatical mistakes in these constructions, but you will absolutely be understood by native Russian speakers, and you will certainly find these phrases useful at some point.

Good luck!

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:
�And 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!

How to ask How much in Russian?

July 28th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #5
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In this next video I show you how to say How Much in Russian, which is Сколько (Skoilko). Of course this is one of the most useful Russian phrases you can know. Don’t get caught short of money after a big purchase because you didn’t ask the proper questions. I’ll be putting up a post that will explain how to understand what you hear in Russian. Conversation is a two way street, so asking will get you places, but understanding is when the real magic starts to happen.

By the way, I hope you are making those flashcards. I can’t emphasize enough just how helpful they are. I mean, why just stand there idly in line at the grocery store? Take one of your cards out of your wallet (yes, I keep mine in my wallet. Don’t leave home without ‘em.) and test yourself. And remember, try not to cave in if you can’t remember a word right away. Give it time, and of course, try to recall the PowerPhrase we created.

If you can’t recall the Power Phrase, then give yourself just the first word. The point is that, the smaller the hint you give yourself, the more you’re forcing your brain to remember the answer. If you just read the answer, you’re not firing the correct neural pathways in your brain to facilitate learning. You can read an answer a hundred times, and STILL not remember it the next time you try to recall the word. It’s better to strain and struggle and sweat for ten minutes trying to remember first the PowerPhrase, which then helps you recall the actual word, than it is to just quit and say, “Let me take a look at the answer.” If you do that, it’ll take a whole lot longer to learn Russian.

Speaking of remembering, try — without glancing back at the top of this post — to recall what the word is for “How much.” Do you remember? What if I give you just the first letter? S____ . Does that help?

Or the first two: Sk___ ?

I know I’m getting into the real nitty-gritty of studying, but if you stick to my system, you will learn Russian much, much faster. The tip here is that if all else fails and you HAVE to read the answer, *just give yourself the first letter.* See if that’s enough to jog your memory.

Ok, that’s today’s post. Now take a minute and watch the video below to learn how to say How much in Russian.