062 – ‘My name is…’ – How to introduce yourself in Russian

Let’s continue to learn basic Russian phrases. Today you’ll learn how to introduce yourself or other person and to ask someone’s name.

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).

Меня́ зову́т А́ня. – My name is Ann.

Меня is the Accusative case of the pronoun я. We are going to learn it some later. Now, let’s learn some more 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 something like ‘father’s name’). For example, if father’s name is Ива́н, so отчество will be Ива́нович.

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

Како́е у тебя́ о́тчество? Моё о́тчество – Дени́сович.
What is your father’s name? My father’s name is Denisovich.

But отчество is only used in formal situations.

More useful phrases on this topic on Everyday Russian – My name is…

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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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