Lesson 061

Russian ordinal numbers (first, second, third etc.) from 1 to 10

The audio for the lesson is available at the bottom of the screen under the blue button.

In our previous lesson we have already covered counting in Russian, as well as Russian numbers from 1 to 10 and from 11 to 20. Today we’ll learn Russian ordinal numbers (i.e. first, second, third etc.)

In Russian, as in English and many other languages, the ordinal numbers look differently than the cardinal ones.

Listen to the audio and repeat after it:

1 – один – пе́рвый
2 – два – второ́й
3 – три – тре́тий
4 – четы́ре – четвёртый
5 – пять – пя́тый
6 – шесть – шесто́й
7 – семь – седьмо́й
8 – во́семь – восьмо́й
9 – де́вять – девя́тый
10 – де́сять – деся́тый

Used with nouns, Russian ordinal numbers change the same way as Russian adjectives do, by gender, number, and case. For example:

пе́рвый эта́ж – the first floor
втора́я попы́тка – the second try
тре́тье ме́сто – the third place
четвёртая маши́на спра́ва – the fourth car on the right side
пя́тое окно́ сле́ва – the fifth window on the left side

Here is the table with the declension of Russian ordinal numerals from 1 to 10 (not in the audio):

Numeral Masculine Feminine Neutral Plural
1 (один) пе́рвый пе́рвая пе́рвое пе́рвые
2 (два) второ́й втора́я второ́е вторы́е
3 (три) тре́тий тре́тья тре́тье тре́тьи
4 (четыре) четвёртый четвёртая четвёртое четвёртые
5 (пять) пя́тый пя́тая пя́тое пя́тые
6 (шесть) шесто́й шеста́я шесто́е шесты́е
7 (семь) седьмо́й седьма́я седьмо́е седьмы́е
8 (восемь) восьмо́й восьма́я восьмо́е восьмы́е
9 (девять) девя́тый девя́тая девя́тое девя́тые
10 (десять) деся́тый деся́тая деся́тое деся́тые

Practice Russian ordinal numbers and the phrases of the lesson with the audio track.

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4 comments on “061 – Russian ordinal numbers (first, second, third etc.) from 1 to 10”

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