020 – Russian nouns in plural – exceptions

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In the last lesson we’ve learned how to form the Russian plurals. Unfortunately not all the Russian nouns follow the rules we learned, there are quite a few exceptions and we’ll learn some of them today.

But before we start the lesson, let’s see if you managed to put some of the Russian nouns from the previous lesson in plural. Here are the correct answers (отве́ты):

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пла́тье – пла́тья (dress)
ча́шка – ча́шки (cup)
окно́ – о́кна (window)
губа́ – гу́бы (lip)
язы́к – языки́ (language)
дверь – две́ри (door)
суп – супы́ (soup)

Now let’s learn some exceptions of plural in Russian:

мать – ма́тери
[mat’ – má-tee-ree]
(mother – mothers)

дочь – до́чери
[doch’ – dó-chee-ree]
(daughter – daughters)

сын – сыновья́
[syn – sy-nav’-yá]
(son – sons)

муж – мужья́
[muzh – muzh’-ya]
(husband – husbands)

челове́к – лю́ди
[chee-la-vyék – lyú-dee]
(man – people)

брат – бра́тья
[brat – brát’-ya]
(brother – brothers)

ребёнок – де́ти
[ree-byó-nak – dyé-tee]
(child – children)

друг – друзья́
[druk – druz’-ya]
(friend – friends)

учи́тель – учителя́
[u-cheé-teel’ – u-chee-tee-lyá]
(teacher – teachers)

а́дрес – адреса́
[ád-rees – ad-ree-sá]
(address – addresses)

стул – сту́лья
[stul – stúl’-ya]
(chair – chairs)

де́рево – дере́вья
[dyé-ree-va – dee-ryév’-ya]
(tree – trees)

день – дни
[dyen’ – dnee]
(day – days)

ве́чер – вечера́
[vyé-cheer – vee-chee-rá]
(evening – evenings)

дом – дома́
[dom – da-má]
(house – houses)

крем – крема́
[kryem – kree-má]
(creme – cremes)

глаз – глаза́
[glas – gla-zá]
(eye – eyes)

рот – рты
[rot – rty]
(mouth – mouths)

This is not the complete list of all possible exceptions. But don’t think about it too much now, you will remember all of them as you learn Russian day by day, step by step.

Now, practice all these words with the audio track.

6 comments on “020 – Russian nouns in plural – exceptions”

  1. behzad says:

    Wow man ! You are amasing..thanks for these super helpful lessons

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Hello Behzad,

      Thank you for your comment. Good luck and good motivation in learning Russian!

  2. Louis says:

    Thanks for that guys, very helpful; very appreciated 🙂

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Hi Louis,

      Thanks for the comment, feel free to ask if you have any questions. 🙂

  3. Mrinal K says:

    need more to learn

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