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Countries in Russian

One of the first questions you’ll be asked when meeting someone in a Russian-speaking country is ‘Where are you from?’ – Откуда вы? (atkooda vy?).

Whether you’re from Canada or Colombia, this lesson on countries in Russian will prepare you for these questions and help you ask them in return and understand the answer! Many of the names of countries are similar in English and Russian but pronounced slightly differently. Practice these country names out loud so you can sound natural when talking to a native Russian speaker!

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Pronouncing countries in Russian

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Откуда вы?

Atkooda vy?

Where are you from?

мир

meer

world

Аргентина

Arginteena

Argentina

Австралия

Afstralia

Australia

Шотландия

Shatlandia

Scotland

Канада

Kanada

Canada

Чили

Cheeli

Chile

Китай

Kitai

China

Колумбия

Kaloombia

Colombia

Испания

Ispania

Spain

Франция

Frantsia

France

Германия

Girmania

Germany

Соединëнные Штаты

Saidinyonnye Shtaty

United States

Англия

Anglia

England

Япония

Iponia

Japan

Уэльс

Uel’s

Wales

Ирландия

Irlandia

Ireland

Новая Зеландия

Novaia Zilandia

New Zealand

I hope you enjoyed this lesson! Not too hard, right? You’ve just added to your growing Russian vocabulary list! Of course there are many countries in the world and we couldn’t name them all here. If you want to really get to know мир (meer) in Russian, you might want to get a map in Russian!

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