The Little-Known Secret How To Say “Hello” In Russian

The Little-Known Secret How To Say “Hello” In Russian

Discover Different Ways To Say Hello In Russia

“Russian Language is rich and mighty” said once a great Russian writer Ivan Turgenev.

It can be proven by observing the quantity of ways to say “Hello” In Russian. In this article you can learn some examples of usual Russian greetings.


  1. Привет (PrivEt) – it is the most widespread form of a greeting. Usually we say so when we already know each other.

You SHOULDN’T say Привет, when:

a) you speak with unfamiliar person at the first meeting

b) with people who is much older then you or higher at status (it will show your disrespect for them)

Derivatives of Привет:

Приветствую (PrivEtstvuyu) – it is possible to speak to unfamiliar persons and in general to everyone, but it’s more formal greeting

Приветище (PrivEtische) – I speak so to my friends, they usually laugh, very informal, hehee)))

  1. Здравствуйте (ZdrAvstvuyte, pronounced ZdrAstvuyte) – the formal form of a greeting, it is possible to welcome any, but friends and close people can think you’re joking 🙂

Derivatives of Здравствуйте:

Здрасьте (ZdrАs’te) – the short form, already less formal

Здорово (ZdorOvo) – very informal greeting, I use it only with very close friends

  1. Добрый [день, вечер] (DObriy [dEn’, vEcher] – a formal greeting which concerns concrete time of a day

Добрый день – Good Day

Добрый вечер – Good Evening

Доброе утро – Good Morning

Доброй ночи – Good Night

  1. Other informal forms of a greeting:

Салют (SalUt) – the greeting which has remained still since times of the French language

Салям (SalyAm) – usual greetings between Muslims, you can greet so if you precisely know that the person practices Islam

Моё почтение (MoyO pochtEniye) – very formal, guys can greet this way if they want girls to like them 🙂

Хеллоу (Hello) is for those who knows English language))

It’s very interesting and pleasant to learn Russian! You can begin with RLLC Reading Lessons for Beginners – they will help you to expand your vocabulary and start to understand Russian.

And how do you say “Привет” in your language? Waiting for your comments 🙂

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