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!
Rocket Record lets you perfect your Russian pronunciation. Just listen to the native speaker audio and then use the microphone icon to record yourself. Once you’re done, you’ll get a score out of 100 on your pronunciation and can listen to your own audio playback. (Use a headset mic for best results.) Problems? Click here!
Excuse me please (formal or plural)
Excuse me please (informal)
Sorry (formal or plural)
Спасибо за помощь
Spaseeba za pomashch’
Thanks for your help
Thanks a lot
Вы очень добры
Vy ochin’ dabry
You are very kind (formal or plural)
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