How to sound like you speak Russian

Note that you won't be able to speak Russian fluently after this, but you will know a few words and how to make some up on the spot that sound right. Don't try and fool someone who speaks Russian! Also, some European languages are similar to Russian (ie Polish, Croatian) as they share a few words. This may also make it hard, but you should get away with it. I've copied the small dictionary below from a site (users.iafrica.com/c/ca/captainm) which is worth looking at.

If you don't know much about Russian, you won't sound as authentic. Say everything in a Russian accent (not too strong!) as it will help. V is pronounced like a breathy W (almost a V sound, but not-let your teeth touch your lip lightly for the right sound). If you want to make up words then Zdr-, -ya are good syllables to put in...don't use -ski as it sounds fake. Say 'a' hard, as in Bat, 'i' as in Bit, 'e' as in Bet, 'o' as in Bot, and 'u' as in Lute (gotcha). This is a very, VERY simple guide to sounding Russian. If you want to sound really good, do some research.

As a side note when incitatus' says 'Na Zdrovia' in the first Manky Cat comic it means 'Good Health' and is a Russian toast.

Emergency Russian

Words

Compiled by Captain W.G.Morgan

This is Russian for those who do not want to learn it but happen to be the only non-Russian speaker within 1000 miles. Russian is not as easy a language as Chinese, not as many children speak it!

 

English

Russian

Big/Grand

Bolshoi

Black

Chorni

Easy easy

Chut chut

Good afternoon

Dobre viacha

Good bye

Das verdanya

Good day

Dobre dien

Good health

Na zdrovia

Good health (if you sneeze)

Buzdarov

Good morning

Dobrey utro

Good night

Dobre nochie

Good watch

Spekoinie wachtie

Goose

Goose

Hello

Preveit

Little bit

Mallie

No

Nie/Niet

None

Nichiwa

Port

Levasboard

Red

Krasni

Slow

Meancha

Small

Malinki

Sometimes good, sometimes not.

Comu dobre, comu niet.

Starboard

Pravaboard

White

Beile

Yes

Da

Bridge

Mostik

Good appetite (bon appetit)

Priatnago appatita

Dont mention it

Nie za schtor

Blue

Galooboy

Good

Haraschor

Very

Bolshoiya

Garlic bread role

Pampushki

Cabbage soup

Borsch

Good luck

Udachy

Please

Pajalusta

I have finished (a meal)

Za kun chillie

Siberian cannelloni

Siberskiya permini

 

English

Russian

How are you?

Kakdila?

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