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Learn Russian: Week 6 - Please and Thank You

7. December 2012 by Lorena 0 Comments

Good manners will get you far; this is as true when dating Ukrainian and Russian girls as it is in any other situation. This week, we’ll learn how to say please, thank you, and excuse me.

 

The Russian word for please is also the word for “you’re welcome,” so, it’s used twice as much as please is in English.

 

A few words and phrases to show your most courtly manners to your favorite Ukrainian or Russian lady:

 

Пожалуйста

pa-zhal-sta

Please/You’re welcome

Tip: This word is used when making a request, and when granting one.

 

Спасибо

spa-see-ba

Thank you

Tip: While there are a number of differences between Russian and English diction, the use of “thank you” is pretty much the same as it is in English.

 

Простите

pra-shYEn-i-ya

Excuse me – when asking for something. Literally “forgiveness.”

Tip: use with Пожалуйста to say, “excuse me, please”

 

Извините!

iz-vin-EE-tye

Excuse me.

Tip: use this if you need to get past someone, or to get someone’s attention.

 

Using the Cyrillic you have memorized, sound out the words below. The answer is at the bottom of this lesson:

Да

Нет

 

 

Answers: The words above were “Da” and “nyet”, which are Russian for “yes” and “no.”