017 – ‘Hello’ and ‘How are you?’ in Russian – Basic Russian greetings

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This is another vocabulary lesson and today we’ll learn some useful Russian phrases. From one of our previous lessons you have already learned two Russian greetings – Приве́т and Здра́вствуйте. Today we’ll teach you a few more ways to say hello in Russian in formal and informal situations.

In most languages, the standard “hello” formula usually includes not only “hello” itself, but also “how are you?”. To return the greeting you usually say “I’m fine, thank you, how are you?”.

In Russian, unlike English, these phrases sound different depending on who you talk to (is your greeting formal or informal). Listen to the audio and repeat after it:

Informal Russian greetings:

Hi. / Hello.

Как дела́?
How are you? How are you doing?
[kak dee-lá]

Отли́чно, как у тебя́?
Excellent, how are you?
[at-léech-na, kak u tee-byá]

Formal Russian greetings:

Good morning (afternoon, evening).

Как ва́ши дела́?
How are you?
[kak vá-shee dee-lá]

Спаси́бо, хорошо́. Как у вас?
Fine, thanks you. How about you?
[spa-sée-ba, ha-ra-shó. kak u vas]

Russian Pod 101

Now you are familiar with the basic Russian greetings and know how to say “hi”, “hello”, and “how are you?” in Russian and to respond to a greeting. Practice all today’s phrases with the audio recording.

11 comments on “017 – ‘Hello’ and ‘How are you?’ in Russian – Basic Russian greetings”

  1. virginia hotchkiss says:

    What does a word that sounds like doshvadanya mean?

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Hello Virginia,

      До свидания means “goodbye” in Russian. You can learn more about it here: https://learnrussianstepbystep.com/en/how-to-say-goodbye-in-russian/

  2. Bill Watters says:

    Okay must be my hearing then 🙂

  3. Bill Watters says:

    I heard a Russian saying Hi more like Breevat than pree-vyat.

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Hello Bill,

      I’ve been speaking Russian all my life. “Hi” in Russian is привет [pree-vyét]. There is no word that sounds like “breevat” in Russian.

  4. Bhoopendra says:

    very nice, I like this…

  5. Kirk says:

    Thanks, I’m enjoying this and becoming really enthused about the fact that I’m actually learning Russian! I like the new look too.

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Hello Kirk,

      Thanks for the feedback. We are glad to help.

  6. Krishna Prasanna says:


  7. spartc says:


    very nice

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