Russian is one of the most widely spoken Eurasian languages. It’s spoken in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other countries that were once part of the U.S.S.R. There are 33 characters in the Russian alphabet, which is known as Cyrillic.
Learning at least a few phrases of Russian is a great way to show your Russian bride that you care. She will be touched by your efforts to get to know her culture and her country. Plus, knowing a bit of Russian will make everything much easier when it comes time to travel and meet her in person.
As part of our Russian lessons each week, we will share a few basic phrases with you and a few Cyrillic characters. Memorizing the characters will help you sound things out for yourself. You will be surprised by how close many Russian words are to their English counterparts. Phrases will be presented in Cyrillic, then their Latin alphabet transliteration, and finally phonetically.
Before you know it, you’ll be having short conversations with that special lady in her native tongue. In our first lesson, you will learn a few Cyrillic characters and how to introduce yourself to a Russian girl:
Week 1: Introductions
Let’s get acquainted!
Tip: This is used to suggest introducing yourselves.
Let’s (introduce ourselves)!
Tip: This phrase is used to agree to an introduction. Drop the “те” to be VERY casual.
My name is…
Tip: This phrase is the same both casually and formally. It means “I am called…(name).”
Pleased to meet you.
Tip: This directly translates as “Very pleasant.”
It was nice to meet you too.
Tip: This directly translates as “me too!”
Did you know: Ukrainian and Russian are distinct but related languages. While Ukrainian has been the official language of Ukraine since 1991, almost all Ukrainians also speak Russian fluently, which makes Russian the best language to learn if you are not sure which of the two countries you will visit.