The standard word for ‘beautiful’ in Russian is красивый, but it is not the only one. Find out a few ways to say beautiful in Russian with this free lesson.
The Russian word красивый can be used to describe both men and women:
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She is pretty
He is handsome.
handsome young man
You will notice, however, that the ending of the word differs when we describe females and males. This is due to grammatical gender. Every noun in Russian has a gender that dictates which adjective variant you have to use with it.
The same word can also be used to describe objects, e.g.:
As you can see from these examples the Russian word красивый - beautiful can describe the appearance of people or things.
But, it can’t be used to describe weather - weather doesn’t have an appearance, in Russian we feel it, instead. So if you want to say 'beautiful weather' or ‘What a beautiful day!’ you can say:
Какой прекрасный день!
kakoi prikrasnyi den'
What a beautiful day!
or if you’d like to make a compliment about a meal that you find beautiful or delicious, just say:
or if you really like it:
Всё очень вкусно.
fsyo ochin' fkoosna
Everything is very delicious.
If you’d like to compliment your friend on their appearance you can say: you are beautiful Ты красивая / Вы красивая (We use the feminine form here because we normally compliment women and girls)
You're beautiful. (informal)
You are beautiful. (formal)
Or, you can say: "You look great":
You look great! (informal)
You look great! (formal)
If it sounds too complicated you can simply say:
It is beautiful!
Well, that’s it for now. I hope you found that helpful.
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