Lesson 026

Russian terms of endearment

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Is your girlfriend/boyfriend or partner in life Russian? Did you already learned some Russian words to call your beloved one? In this lesson, we offer you a selection of Russian terms of endearment to enrich your vocabulary.

The names below are divided into 3 categories:

– suitable to call a man – (m),
– suitable to call a woman – (f),
– and suitable to call both – (both).

люби́мый (m) [lyu-bée-myî]
люби́мая (f) [lyu-bée-ma-ya]
beloved one

дорого́й (m) [da-ra-góî]
дорога́я (f) [da-ra-gá-ya]
dear, darling

ми́лый (m) [mée-lyî]
ми́лая (f) [mée-la-ya]
~ honey

сла́дкий (m) [slát-keeî]
сла́дкая (f) [slát-ka-ya]
sweet one

родно́й (m) [rad-nóî]
родна́я (f) [rad-ná-ya]
darling, a close one (like a part of the family)

ко́тик, коть (m) [kó-teek, kot’]
ки́са, ки́сонька (f) [kée-sa, kée-san’-ka]
котёнок (both) [ka-tyó-nak]
kitty

за́йчик (m) [záî-cheek]
за́йка (f) [záî-ka]
зай, за́я (both) [zaî, zá-ya]
bunny

со́лнце, со́лнышко (both) [són-tse, sól-nysh-ka]
sun, little sun

малы́ш (m, both) [ma-lýsh]
малы́шка (f) [ma-lýsh-ka]
baby

ла́па, ла́почка, ла́пка, лапу́ся, лапу́ля (both)
[lá-pa, lá-pach-ka, láp-ka, la-pú-sya, la-pú-lya]
sweetie, honey, darling (lit.: small paw)

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