Common Russian Terms to Learn When Travelling to Moscow


The capital and most populous city of Russia, Moscow is one of the world’s largest economy and is a growing tourist destination. Be it the Old Arbat Street, the Red Square, or the world-renowned Saint Basil’s Cathedral, people make way to this city to learn, explore and have leisure. So, if you are travelling to Moscow, it is important to familiarize yourself with some common Russian terms so you can easily communicate with the people.

Let’s take a look at some usual Russian words and phrases:

Making A Conversation

No trip is complete without talking to a local and listening to their stories, (even if you don’t understand) so that you can share your experience about people you met after you are back home. For a friendly talk, you can use phrases like:

Hello – ZDRASTvujte

Bye – PokA

Thank-You – spaSEEba

Yes – DA



Whenever we meet someone, it’s natural to exchange greetings. So when you’re in Moscow, you need to greet people in their language. So, cram these key phrases:

Good Morning – DObroe OOtra

Good Evening – DObriy VYEcher

Good Night – DObroy NOchee or spaKOYnay NOchi


There are ample opportunities in Moscow to purchase souvenirs and things for you to take home. But it could be a little hassling to ask price and do bargain with the shopkeepers if you don’t know their language. Take a look and learn:

How much costs? – SKOL’ka STOit?

Nyet, spasibo – No, thank you

Asking for Help

Though no one wants to face a bad situation on their trip, but you should be ready to deal with emergencies. So take a look at the below-mentioned phrases:

Help – PamaGEEte

Call Police – VIzoVEEtie PoLITsiyou

Call  Ambulance – VIzoVEEtie SKOrouYOU POmoshch

Learning these Russian terms will help you in making your trip smoother. If you know more terms, then do share in the comments section. Happy Travellling! 

Kanika Sharma

Kanika Sharma works as a Content Developer at Ajura. For the past 5 years, she has been writing for various renowned blogs. Being an engineering graduate, her background allows her to connect with cutting edge technologies and relate them with real world scenarios.
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