143 – Meeting your in-laws

Do you have a Russian girlfriend or boyfriend? Are you preparing to meet the parents of your darling for the first time? If so, this lesson is for you!

We’ve selected useful words and phrases that you may need when meeting Russian family of your beloved one. Learn these simple lines by heart, and you are sure to make a good impression on your future in-laws! 🙂

Meeting your in-laws (Russian)

Здра́вствуйте.
[sdrástvuytye]
Hello.
{formal}

Приве́т.
[preevyét]
Hi.
{informal}

Пожа́луйста.
[pazhálusta]
Please. / You’re welcome.

Спаси́бо.
[spaséeba]
Thank you.

Спаси́бо большо́е.
[spaséeba bal’shóye]
Thank you very much.

Прия́тно познако́миться.
[preeyátna paznakómeetsa]
Nice to meet you. (Pleasure to meet you.)

О́чень прия́тно.
[óchyen’ preeyátna]
Nice to meet you. (Very pleasurable.)

Мо́жно?
[mózhna]
Can I? May I?

Мо́жно ча́ю?
[mózhna cháyu]
Can I have a cup of tea?

Ещё.
[eeschyó]
More.

Мо́жно ещё ко́фе?
[mózhna eeschyó kófee]
Can I have another coffee?

Вку́сно.
[fkúsna]
Tasty.

О́чень вку́сно.
[óchyen’ fkúsna]
Very tasty.

Пото́м.
[patóm]
Later.

По́зже.
[pózhe]
Later.

Уже́.
[uzhé]
Already.

До́брое у́тро.
[dóbraye útra]
Good morning.

До́брый день.
[dóbruiy dyen’]
Good afternoon.

До́брый ве́чер.
[dóbruiy vyecher]
Good evening.

До́брой но́чи.
[dóbray nóchee]
Good night.

Поня́тно.
[panyátna]
Understood. Clear. I see.

Не поня́тно.
[nye panyátna]
Not understood.

Понима́ю.
[paneemáyu]
I understand.

Не понима́ю.
[nye paneemáyu]
I don’t understand.

Понима́ете?
[paneemáeetye]
Do you understand?
(formal)

Понима́ешь?
[paneemáeesh]
Do you understand?
(informal)

Нет, спаси́бо.
[nyet spaséeba]
No, thanks.

Спаси́бо, не на́до.
[spaséeba nye náda]
Thanks, no need.

Мне нра́вится.
[mnye nráveetsa]
I like.

Мне не нра́вится.
[mnye nye nráveetsa]
I don’t like.

Прия́тного аппети́та.
[preeyátnava apeetéeta]
Bon appetite.

Прости́те.
[prastéetee]
Pardon me. Sorry.
{formal}

Прости́.
[prastée]
Pardon me. Sorry.
{informal}

Извини́те.
[eezveenéetee]
Sorry.
{formal}

Извини́.
[eezveenée]
Sorry.
{informal}

Замеча́тельно.
[zameecháteel’na]
Wonderful.

Отли́чно.
[atléechna]
Great.

Хорошо́.
[harashó]
Good. Agree.

Бу́дьте здоро́вы.
[but’tye sdaróvy]
Bless you. (Be healthy.)
{after sneezing, formal}

Будь здоро́в.
[but’ sdaróf]
Bless you. (Be healthy.)
{after sneezing, informal, masculin}

Будь здоро́ва.
[but’ sdaróva]
Bless you. (Be healthy.)
{after sneezing, informal, feminine}

На здоровье.
[na sdaróvye]
You are welcome. / For the health.
{a response to ‘thank you for the meal’ / a toast}


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