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Describe Yourself in Russian

Can you describe yourself in Russian? It’s useful to be able to talk about yourself when you’re getting to know new people, speaking to an official person or filling out a form. Whatever the situation, the Rocket Russian team have created this free audio lesson to make it easier for you.  

Perhaps you’re booking into a hotel, or going for an interview. You’ll probably be asked some basic personal questions in Russian like “what is your name?” “where are you from?”  “what is your date of birth?” or questions about your family.  

These are all useful things to be able to talk about for everyday conversations...

How to describe yourself in Russian

Let's go through some of the most common questions you might be asked, whether you're filling out a registration form in a hotel or at the consulate getting a new passport. In these situations, you'll be addressed with "Вы" [vy] (and its forms like вас [vas], вам [vam]). The informal "ты" [ty] will only be used between friends and close family members.

In Russian there is no one word for ‘siblings’. You will have to use a separate word for each sibling, like брат [brat] for brother, or сестра [sistra] for sister.

How to answer questions about yourself

When you're responding, you can follow one of the simple formats below. Just insert the appropriate information in the brackets. 

Note: Nationalities will have different endings depending on the gender of the person in question:

In Russian to express your age you have to use the non-verbal structure: to me + age number + years (example: I'm 30 years old = Мне 30 лет. [mne treetsat’ let])

If you want to say that you don't have any siblings, it can get quite complicated in Russian. So the best way to answer this question will simply be:

If you want to say that you have children, describe your marital status, or state your address or phone number here are some simple phrases for you. Please note that Russian men and women use different words for "married":

How to fill out forms in Russian

If you find yourself being asked to fill out forms with your personal details, you may not get the complete questions that you've studied above. Instead, you could get short words or phrases:

*Addresses in Russian come in a different format than in the US and other English speaking countries. We say the street name first then the house or building number. If you are staying at an apartment, you would have to say your address in this order:

1. Street name

2. Building number

3. Your apartment number.

Example

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