025 – Forming negation in Russian

Moving forward, in this lessons let’s learn how to form negative sentences in Russian.

To convert a statement into a negation all you need to do is to place не (no) before the word you want to deny. Let’s practice:

Я хочу́ есть, я не хочу́ пить.
[ya hachú yest’, ya nye hachú peet’]
I want to eat, I don’t want to drink.

Он хо́чет игра́ть, он не хо́чет занима́ться.
[on hóchyet eegrát’, on nye hóchyet zanyemát’sya]
He wants to play, he doesn’t want to study.

Я люблю́ шокола́д, я не люблю́ моро́женое.
[ya lyublyú shokolád, ya nye lyublyú marózhenaye]
I like chololade, I don’t like ice-cream.

Она уме́ет петь, она не уме́ет танцева́ть.
[aná umyéyet pyet’, oná nye umyéyet tantsevát’]
She can sing, she can’t dance.

Э́то не мой зака́з.
[éta nye moy zakáz]
This is not my order.

Э́ти ве́щи не мои́.
[étee vyéschee nye maée]
These things aren’t mine.

Я не понима́ю, что вы говори́те.
[ya nye paneemáyu shto vui gavaréetee]
I don’t understand what you are saying.

Practice the examples with the audio track.

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3 comments on “025 – Forming negation in Russian”

  1. john says:

    Thank you so much, I view many Russian tutorial. this is the real best for beginner to advance . Very awesome work !! 

  2. John says:

    Он хо́чет игра́ть, don’t we need to change the form of “play”..Only “want”

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Hi John,

      Like in English, when you say “one wants to do something”, you only need to conjugate the first verb – wants, the following verb stays in the form of Infinitive.

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