011 – The verb ‘to be’ in Russian
The verb ‘to be’ is the basic building brick in any language. Today we’ll learn the Russian verb ‘to be’.
‘To be’ in Russian is быть [buit’]. Being an irregular verb, it changes completely in the Present tense and becomes есть [yest’].
What makes it more irregular is that Russians barely use it in the Present Tense. In certains cases in writing they use the hyphen instead of “be”.
Я – студе́нт. – I am a student.
Ты – учи́тель. – You are a teacher.
Он – до́ктор. – He is a doctor.
Listen to the audio to hear these example phrases.
For your homework, learn the conjugation of the Russian verb ‘быть’ with examples and audio.