056 – How to say ‘I like’ in Russian


In today’s lesson we’ll learn how to say ‘I like’, ‘you like’ etc. in Russian.

In order to say that ‘someone likes something‘ Russians use a construction very different from English with the verb нра́виться which literally means ‘to be liked’. This is the basic formula:

a personal pronoun in the Dative + нра́вится (singular) or нра́вятся (plural) + subject or infinitive

Let’s see how it works:

Мне нра́вятся э́ти пе́сни.
I like these songs.

Тебе́ нра́вится игра́ть в те́ннис?
Do you like playing tennis?

Ему́ не нра́вится смотре́ть телеви́зор.
He doesn’t like to watch TV.

Нам нра́вится танцева́ть.
We like dancing.

Вам нра́вится учи́ть ру́сский язы́к?
Do you like learning Russian?

Им нра́вятся ва́ши карти́ны.
They like your pictures.

The verbs with ся in the end are called reflexive (возвра́тные глаго́лы reflexive verbs). Their conjugation rules are the same as for normal verbs but the fact that you need to add -ся or -сь to the end of the verb depending on which letter goes right before:

a vowel – add -сь
a consonant – add -ся

Let’s learn the conjugation of the verb нра́виться in the Present tense (2d type of conjugation):

я нра́влюсь
ты нра́вишься
он/она/оно нра́вится
мы нра́вимся
вы нра́витесь
они нра́вятся

Practice all today’s words and phrases with the audio track. In the next lesson we’ll have a look at more ways to use the verb нравиться.

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Comment on “056 – How to say ‘I like’ in Russian”

  1. Fadil says:

    i wish to learn russian and talk as well with audio and sub title with it

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