How to speak Russian fluently in no time

Discover how to speak Russian fluently

Most high school or regular Russian courses start by teaching you dull grammar rules and complex language notions. There has to be a better way! We, at Mondly - the language app loved by millions of people worldwide, take a different approach.
Our language experts care deeply about your ability to have real conversations in Russian as fast as possible. That's why, rather than bombarding you with complex notions at the beginning of your course, we start by involving you in a real conversation. Through this approach, you will be able to have your first Russian conversation after only 5 minutes of using our app. Encouraging, right?

Our linguists have also identified one of the major secrets of how to speak Russian:

  1. 1. Listening to fluent speakers in a natural setting. Because our brain is wired to absorb the information we hear, our experts made listening an essential part of learning Russian.
  2. 2. As a result, during all our lessons you will hear natives speak in Russian clearly, correctly and in context. This way, you will pick up the natural Russian pronunciation of core words effortlessly.

Speaking Russian

Speak Russian fluently from day 1

Did you know that learning by doing is the most effective learning method? Practice Russian a little bit every day and you’ll speak like a native forever! Start right now with these top 10 most common Russian words and phrases pronounced by fluent Russian speakers.

  1. 1. Привет. = Hello.

    First impressions matter. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Learning as little as “hello” in Russian can work wonders in your interactions with the natives. So here’s exactly how to pronounce it:


  2. 2. Как дела? = How are you?

    The next polite thing to do is ask “how are you?”. Sometimes, you can even skip the hello and directly ask how things are going. Here’s how to pronounce it in Russian:

    Как дела?

  3. 3. Как тебя зовут? = What is your name?

    When you travel abroad, you usually make a lot of new friends. Whether we are talking about the nice stranger on the plane, your host or the driver, here’s how to ask them what their name is:

    Как тебя зовут?

  4. 4. Рада познакомиться. = Nice to meet you.

    The natives will always regard your attempt to speak their language as a sign of respect towards their culture. Another basic phrase you can use when making new friends is “nice to meet you”. Click and listen to how is it pronounced:

    Рада познакомиться.

  5. 5. Пожалуйста. = Please.

    Manners are a must everywhere you go. And Russia makes no exception. Saying “please” the right way and at the right time will open many doors in your path. To pronounce it in Russian, you simply say:


  6. 6. Спасибо. = Thank you.

    Mothers are the best thing that ever happened to us. Not only did they raise us, but they also taught us basic manners like saying “thank you” in the proper contexts. Following their example, here’s how to say “thank you” in Russian:


  7. 7. Не за что. = You're welcome.

    It doesn't matter where you are in the world. Common sense translates the same in all languages. Here's how a person from Moscow would say “you’re welcome”:

    Не за что.

  8. 8. Извините, пожалуйста! = Excuse me!

    We only need 7 seconds to make an impression that may last a lifetime. And sometimes, the only difference between a good impression and a bad one is just a simple “excuse me”. Listen to how it's pronounced in Russian:

    Извините, пожалуйста!

  9. 9. Сколько это стоит? = How much does it cost?

    Shopping sprees are an essential part of every city break. The vacation isn’t over until you buy souvenirs for each member of your family. So here’s how to ask “how much does it cost?” in Russian:

    Сколько это стоит?

  10. 10. До свидания. = Goodbye.

    If you want to maintain the good first impression you managed to make with your flawless Russian greetings and introductions, end the conversation by saying “goodbye” exactly like a native:

    До свидания.

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Russian conversations for perfect pronunciations

The most important part of learning Russian is getting a chance to practice what you learned by speaking the language. Otherwise, it’s all lost, like most of what we’ve learned in school.
That’s exactly why our language experts have included Russian speaking exercises in every lesson. No need to find a Russian friend to help you rehearse. No need to go to a Russian speaking country. How can this be possible?

We have created a high-tech computer program you can use to have a smart conversation with (really!). We call it the Mondly Chatbot. Sit back and it engages in a conversation with you using a friendly, native Russian voice. Don’t be shy: respond to its questions or even ask it one. Like magic, it will understand what you are saying and respond like a regular person would. No wonder millions of people around the world have already tried our Chatbot to learn how to
speak Russian.
Russian conversation

Learning to speak Russian in Virtual Reality

The great minds of our time consider Virtual Reality (VR) to be the future of technology. Acknowledging the tremendous potential of this technology, we worked with our world-class linguists to shape the future of language learning through Virtual Reality.
Meet Mondly VR, the first virtual reality application that helps you learn to speak Russian. Put your VR headset on and feel immersed in a world of languages. Order some Russian pancakes in a restaurant in Moscow, have an exciting Russian conversation on a train going to Kiev or check into a hotel in Saint Petersburg. It’s the closest thing to being there and that’s exactly what makes it so effective in learning Russian.
Remember that deer in the headlights feeling when someone asks you a question and you desperately dig through your memory trying to figure out what to say in response? In VR, you learn how to speak Russian by practicing the same situations in the comfort of your own home. Practice as many times as you like in a safe environment and get instant feedback until you get it right. As a result, you’ll gain the confidence to apply what you have learned in the real world. Ultimately, Mondly is all about teaching you how to speak Russian so you can have real-life conversations with natives. No doubt about it, Mondly VR supercharges your learning and makes learning to speak Russian extremely effective.
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Did you know?

Russian landmark

Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? You might be one step closer to becoming one by knowing Russian! Why? Russian is the international language of space because, in case of an emergency, instructions are given to astronauts in Russian. This is because to reach the International Space Station you need to take a Soyuz, a Russian spaceship. That’s why learning Russian is part of the training of every aspiring astronaut. Some even go to Moscow for a short period of time to immerse themselves in the language.
Coming down to Earth, Russian is spoken in countries all over the world, especially in countries around Russia that have been part of the former USSR such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Estonia, Moldova, Latvia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.
It doesn’t stop here. As a lot of Russians emigrated over the last century, there are Russian speaking communities in the United States, Canada and Israel.

Russian landmark

Speaking Russian has major benefits

Being able to speak with over 275 million Russian speakers

Russian is the 7th most spoken language worldwide, so you'll definitely have a lot to gain by learning conversational Russian. For example, you'll be able to interact with people anytime you visit Russia or Ukraine

Traveling to Russian speaking countries gets way better

Wherever you plan to travel to Moscow or Kiev, speaking Russian will enhance your experience significantly. You will be able to experience Russian speaking countries like a native and have an authentic experience in the process.

Speaking Russian can save your career

Being able to speak Russian increases your employability significantly and makes you stand out from the crowd. This means that you will have better chances of getting a well paid job in the first place, better chances of getting promoted or getting a better job in a Russian speaking country.

Speaking Russian makes you smarter

Studies indicate that being bilingual or a polyglot increases the grey matter in your brain. This means that speaking Russian makes you smarter than you currently are. So, what are you waiting for?

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