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Polite Russian Words

Ready to be on your best behavior? After this lesson you’ll be able to say thank you, excuse me, sorry, and use other polite Russian words and phrases with confidence. You’ll also know how to express your appreciation when someone is being helpful to you.

We want you to feel comfortable around native speakers right from the start, and a few courteous expressions can go a long way when you’re a beginner. We’ll show you the difference between formal and informal expressions, so you can be sure you’re using the right phrase for the situation.

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Listen carefully to the audio and practice saying the Russian phrases aloud – you’ll have these mastered in no time! Just as in your native language, speaking to Russian-speaking people in a polite manner will win you friends and gain you respect, so it’s worth making the effort!

Pronouncing polite Russian words

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Извините, пожалуйста

Izvineeti, pazhalusta

Excuse me please (formal or plural)

Извини, пожалуйста

Izvinee, pazhalusta

Excuse me please (informal)



Sorry (formal or plural)



Sorry (informal)

Спасибо за помощь

Spaseeba za pomashch’

Thanks for your help

Большое спасибо!

Bal’shoe spaseeba

Thanks a lot



You're welcome

Вы очень добры

Vy ochin’ dabry

You are very kind (formal or plural)

That’s it for this lesson.

If you want more on Russian words then checkout these Russian travel words!

До скорого! (da skorava)

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