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How are you in Russian

How do you say "How are you?" in Russian – and how do you reply? This lesson gives you some useful Russian words and phrases to pack in your Russian language survival kit.

You’ll also learn the formal and informal Russian for asking people how they are – important stuff if you want to make the right first impression.

And just in case you need to apologize, you’ll learn how to say sorry in Russian as well!

Resources for further reading:

Pronouncing "How are you?" in Russian

After you greet someone, you’ll want to ask how they are or how’s it going. Here are some common questions that follow a greeting.

For friends or family:

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Как дела?

Kak dila?

How are you? (informal) (literally “how are things?”)

For more senior people:

Как вы поживаете?

Kak vy pazhivaite?

How are you?

What do you say if someone asks you how you are?

Спасибо, хорошо

Spaseeba, kharasho

I'm fine, thanks

Очень хорошо

Ochin’ harasho

Very well

Как всегда

Kak fsigda

As always

Немного устал / Немного устала

Nimnoga ustal (m) / Nimnoga ustala (f)

A little tired



I'm not well






Not bad




Всë хорошо

Fsio harasho

All good / Everything is going well




A common follow-up question is А вы? (A vy?) "And you?"

А вы?

A vy?

And you?

If someone tells you that he or she is not feeling well you could say the following…

Как жаль

Kak zhal’

What a shame

If someone is feeling great you might want to say the following…



That's good

Рад слышать / Рада слышать

Rad slyshat’ (m) / Rada slyshat’ (f)

Nice to hear that

Finally, here are three important phrases that you absolutely must know in any language. They are:



I'm sorry

Я тебя люблю

Ya tibya liublyoo

I love you

Мне нужна помощь

Mne nuzhna pomashch

I need help

Hmm, I can’t think of a situation in which I’d need to use all three, but I’ll leave it to your imagination! That’s it for today’s lesson.

Find out about asking Russian questions in this series of lessons. Make sure you listen to the audio and practice your Russian pronunciation. And do the Russian tests at the end of each lesson to reinforce your knowledge of Russian questions!

До скорого! (da skorava)

Natalya Dubrov: Rocket Russian

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