Russian Salutations

Socializing with Russian-speaking people will be a lot more fun when you know a few Russian salutations. Even if you’re still a beginner learner, these common Russian expressions will help you fit in and feel part of the conversation.  

This free audio lesson will show you how to welcome someone in Russian, wish them luck, or a safe journey. Maybe you want to congratulate someone, or even apologize – either way, this Russian language lesson is not to be missed.   

Listen carefully to the pronunciation and practice saying the phrases aloud until you’re ready to try them out in a Russian conversation for real!

Pronouncing Russian salutations

Всего хорошего!

Fsivo haroshiva!

All the best!

When someone is sick, you can say:

Поправляйтесь

Papravlyaites’

My best wishes [for recovery] to…(formal or plural)

Поправляйся

Papravlyaisa

My best wishes [for recovery] to…(informal)

Удачи!

Udachi!

Good luck!

Поздравляю!

Pazdravlyaiu!

Congratulations!

Добро пожаловать!

Dabro pazhalavat’!

Welcome!

Примите мои соболезнования

Primite maee sabaleznavania

With sympathy (when someone passes away)

С днëм рождения!

Z dniom razhdenia!

Happy birthday!

Будьте здоровы!

Bud’te zdarovy!

Bless you! (when someone sneezes)

Приятного отдыха!

Priyatnava oddyha!

Have a nice vacation!

С Пасхой!

S pashai!

Happy Easter!

С рождеством!

S razhdistvom!

Merry Christmas!

С наступающим!

S nastupaiushchim!

Good (coming) holidays! (Very common greeting before New Year celebrations)

Берегите себя!

Beregite sibya!

Take care! (formal; plural)

Желаю вам хорошо провести время! / Желаю тебе хорошо провести время!

Zhelaiu vam kharasho pravesti vremia! (formal or plural)/ Zhelaiu tibe kharasho pravesti vremia! (informal)

Have fun! (Wishing you a good time)

Целую и обнимаю!

Tselooiu i abnimaiu!

Lots of love! (literally “kisses and hugs”, usually in the end of a letter or phonecall)

Желаю вам хорошей дороги!/ Желаю тебе хорошей дороги!

Zhilaiu vam haroshei darogi (formal or plural) / Zhilaiu tibe haroshei darogi!

Have a good trip!

Приятного аппетита!

Priyatnava apiteeta!

Enjoy your meal! (usually when you join someone who is already eating)

Молодец!

Maladets!

Well done!

До свидания!

Da svidania!

Good-bye!

Пока!

Paka!

Bye! (casual)

С Новым Годом!

S novym godam!

Happy New Year!

Let’s review how to apologize in Russian. The following expressions are used when you need to say "Excuse me.." and "I'm sorry" . Quite convenient! 

Простите

Prasteeti

Excuse me / I'm sorry (formal or plural)

Прости

Prastee

Excuse me / I'm sorry (informal)

Извините

Izvineeti

Excuse me / I'm sorry (formal, plural)

Извини

Izvinee

Excuse me / I'm sorry (informal)

You could also say…

Я сожалею, что так получилось

Ya sazhaleiu shto tak palucheelas’

I regret that happened

If someone stepped on your toes and apologized you might want to say…

Ничего!

Nichivo!

No problem!

And there you have it, another lesson in the bag! Congratulations!

If you want more lessons on Russian salutations then I recommend that you check out the following:

До скорого! (da skorava)

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