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RUSSIA INFORMATION DESK

 

ESSENTIAL RUSSIAN PHRASES FOR TRAVELLERS
=> Russian Alphabet

English Russian translation and transliteration Comments
Do you speak English? Вы говорите по-английски?

Vy govorite po-angliyski?

Learn to read faces before talking to people. And precede this question with "Izvinite" or "Dobry den"
Thank you Спасибо

Spaseebo

 
Please, you are welcome Пожалуйста

Pozhaluysta

 
I am hungry. Could you please spare some change? Я хочу кушать. Подайте, сколько можете.

Ya khochu kushat. Podayte, skolko mozhete.

Literaly: I want to eat. Will you give me whatever you can?
Where is the nearest subway station / telephone? Где ближайшая станция метро/телефон?

Gde blizhayshaya stantsiya metro / telefon?

 
I am a foreigner and I am lost. Could I use your phone please? Я иностранец и я потерялся. Можно воспользоваться вашим телефоном?

Ya inostranets i ya poteryalsya. Mozhno vospolzovatsya vashim telephonom?

Normally stores and offices would not let you use their phones, but after this phrase they will. Russia is knows for its hospitality to travellers, and you will encounter traces of it in Moscow.
No, I don't need that. Нет, не нужно

Nyet, ne nuzhno

Literaly: No, not needed.

Expect to be overun with matryoshka vendors in the Orbat and Lenin tomb guides on the Red Square.

Fuck off Otyebis (sing.), otyebites (plural or polite form) Be morally and conceptually prepared to use this powerful expression if the softer version (above) fails to help.
I don't speak Russian Я не говорю по-русски

Ya po-russky ne govoryu

 
Excuse me, where is.... Прошу прощения, где находится.....?

Proshu prosheniye, gde nakhoditsya .....?

 
     

PEOPLE!  CAN YOU THING OF MORE OF "ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL" PHRASES?

Here is something for you to do on the plane. Learn the Russian alphabet. Pronunciation is shown in the simplest of interpretations, which is really enough. If you take care to pronounce your words carefully you will be understood.

А a   Л l   Ч ch
Б b   М m   Ш sh
В v   Н n   Щ shch (sh is close enough)
Г g   О o   Ъ -
Д d   П p   Ы y
Е ye   Р r   Ь -
Ё yo С s Э a like in bad
Ж zh   Т t   Ю yu
З z   У u   Я ya
И ee   Ф f      
И i   Х kh      
К k   Ц ts      

 

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