Service staff in the hotels, waiters and many people under 35 speak English. But you can get in some situations or places where the Russians can't understand English. That's why it's so important to know some useful expressions and a few words in Russian.
We have collected a small Vocabulary Guide for travelers to make your journey to Russia pleasant. Of course, you can't learn all these words, but try to memorize the most important 10-15 expressions at first. They will help you start the conversation.
Useful tips for pronunciation:
It can be difficult to pronounce Russian words because it's so different from English or another European language. Just be sure that you know some basic phrases which help you be confident. The Russians can understand your accent. It's their native language.
- The stress is important. It is marked with capital and bold letters in our vocabulary guide.
- All letters are read. 1 letter - 1 sound in Russian.
- We have used the sign ' to show the travelers the soft sound (the last soft consonant) like in the Russian word Den' - the letter n should soften at the end.
- Letter G is always hard like in the English words a gap, a garden.