Lesson 017

'Hello' and 'How are you?' in Russian - Basic Russian greetings


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 (whether your greeting formal or informal).

Listen to the audio (at the bottom of the screen under the blue button) and repeat after it.

Informal Russian greetings

Russian Pod 101

Hi. / Hello.

Как дела́?
[kak dee-lá]
How are you? How are you doing? (lit. – How are the things?)

Как твои́ дела́?
[kak tva-ée dee-lá]
How are you? (lit. – How are your things?)

Как жизнь?
[kak zheezn’]
How are you? (lit. – How is the life?)

Что но́венького?
[chto nó-veen’-ka-va]
What’s new? What’s up?

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

А ты как?
[a ty kak]
And you?

А твои́ как?
[a tva-ée kak]
And you?

А как у тебя́?
[a kak u tee-byá]
And you?

Formal Russian greetings

Good morning (afternoon, evening).

До́брое у́тро.
[dób-ra-ye út-ra]
Good morning.

До́брый день.
[dób-ryî dyen’]
Good day / afternoon.

До́брый ве́чер.
[dób-ryî vyé-chyer]
Good evening.

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

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

А как ва́ши (дела)?
[a kak vá-shee]
And how about you?

А вы как?
[a vy kak]
And you?

Рад вас ви́деть.
[rat vas vée-deet’]
Nice to see you. (said by a man)

Ра́да вас ви́деть.
[rá-da vas vée-deet’]
Nice to see you. (said by a woman)

Good for both cases

Спаси́бо, хорошо́.
[spa-sée-ba ha-ra-shó]
Fine, thank you.

Спаси́бо, непло́хо.
[spa-sée-ba nee-pló-ha]
Not bad, thank you.


Как обы́чно.
[kak a-bých-na]
As usual.

Всё в поря́дке, спаси́бо.
[fsyó v pa-ryát-kye, spa-sée-ba]
Everything is good, thank you.

Ничего́ осо́бенного.
[nee-chee-vó a-só-been-na-va]
Nothing special.

Так себе́.
[tak see-byé]
So so.

Не о́чень.
[nee o-cheen’]
Not very well.



Great. Perfect.

Great. Perfect. Wondeful.


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.

We hope you enjoy our lessons. Stick with us and we will gladly help you on your way to learn the Russian language!

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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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