Lesson 062

My name is... - How to introduce yourself in Russian

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Today we will take a break from the Russian grammar and learn some basic Russian phrases. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself or other person and to ask someone’s name.

When talking about someone’s name, Russians often use the verb зову́т which means ‘they call me’ or ‘I’m called’. This verb comes from the infinitive звать (to call). For example:

Меня́ зову́т А́ня.
My name is Ann.

Меня is the Accusative case of the pronoun Я. We will cover the Accusative case in a few lessons. For now, just memorize these phrases:

Как тебя́ зову́т?
What is your name? (informal)

Как вас зову́т?
What is your name? (formal or plural)

Моё и́мя – А́нна, моя́ фами́лия – Ивано́ва.
My first name is Anna, my family name is Ivanova.

Как зову́т твоего́ дру́га?
What is your friend’s name?

Его́ и́мя – Дени́с.
His name is Denis.

Russians also have a third part of the name called о́тчество (which means “patronimic name”). For example, if your father’s name was Ива́н, your отчество would be Ива́нович.

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Have a look at more examples:

Моё по́лное и́мя – Ивано́в Ива́н Ива́нович.
My full name is Ivanov Ivan Ivanovich.

Како́е у тебя́ о́тчество? Моё о́тчество – Дени́сович.
What is your patronimic name? My patronimic name is Denisovich.

Keep in mind, that отчество is only used in formal situations. Young people, friends and family members usually never use it.

Practice all today’s phrases with the audio track.


Comment on “062 – My name is… – How to introduce yourself in Russian”

  1. Claudio Rosa says:


    it seems that lesson 59 has a problem with the sound file.

    Thanks and keep on with your good work.


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