Lesson 071

Thank you, please, you're welcome and other polite Russian phrases

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Let’s take a pause from the Russian grammar and learn how to be polite in Russian. Today you will learn how to say “thank you”, “please” and “you are welcome” in Russian, as well as a few other useful expressions.

Thank you in Russian

To say “thank you” in Russian we use the word спаси́бо:

Спаси́бо.
Thank you.

Examples:

Спаси́бо тебе́ за по́мощь.
Thank you for your help (informal).

Спаси́бо вам за по́мощь.
Thank you for your help (formal).

– Вот ваш зака́з.
– Спаси́бо.
– Here is your order.
– Thank you.

Please in Russian

To say “please” in Russian we use the word пожа́луйста:

Пожа́луйста.
Please.

Examples:

– Пропусти́те, пожа́луйста.
– Коне́чно, проходи́те.
– Спаси́бо.
– Let me go through please.
– Sure, please go.
– Thank you.

You are welcome in Russian

To say “you are welcome” in Russian we use the same word as to say “please” – пожа́луйста. Have a look at these examples:

– Спаси́бо за то, что вы́ручил.
– Пожа́луйста.
– Thank you for helping out.
– You are welcome.

– Дай мне вон ту па́пку, пожа́луйста.
– Вот, держи́.
– Спаси́бо.
– Пожа́луйста.
– Give me that file please.
– Here you are.
– Thank you.
– You are welcome.

You can also say не за что which literally means “there is nothing to thank me for” but can be also translated as “you are welcome”. For example:

– Спаси́бо за кни́гу, о́чень интере́сная.
– Не́ за что, я ра́да подели́ться.
– Thank you for the book, very interesting.
– You are welcome, I’m glad to share.

– Спаси́бо, что подбро́сил.
– Не́ за что.
– Thank you for the ride.
– You are welcome.

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How to ask something politely in Russian

When you need to ask something politely, you can use the following questions:

Бу́дьте добры́, …
Would you be so kind …

Вы не могли́ бы …?
Could you … ?

Подскажи́те, пожа́луйста, …
Tell me please, …

Вы не подска́жете, …?
Could you tell me please, …?

Examples:

Бу́дьте добры́, помоги́те мне, пожа́луйста.
Would you be so kind to help me please?

Вы не могли́ бы показа́ть мне доро́гу?
Could you show me the way please?

Подскажи́те, пожа́луйста, где нахо́дится метро́?
Tell me please, where is the metro?

Вы не подска́жете, как пройти́ на Не́вский проспе́кт?
Can you tell please me how to get to Nevsky Prospect?

Now you know how to say “thank you”, “please”, “you are welcome”, and ask polite questions in Russian.

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