Present Tense

Russian Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Russian. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Russian Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Russian, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Russian

Present Russian Audio
I see youя тебя вижу
ja tebja vizhu
I write with a penя пишу ручкой
ja pishu ruchkoj
You love applesТы любишь яблоки
Ty ljubish' jabloki
You give moneyТы даёшь деньги
Ty dajosh' den'gi
You play tennisты играешь в теннис
ty igraesh' v tennis
He reads a bookон читает книгу
on chitaet knigu
He understands meон меня понимает
on menja ponimaet
She has a catу нее есть кот
u nee est' kot
She knows my friendона знакома с моим другом
ona znakoma s moim drugom
We want to learnМы хотим учиться
My hotim uchit'sja
We think Spanish is easyмы считаем, что испанский язык - легкий
my schitaem, chto ispanskij jazyk - legkij
You (plural) work hereвы работаете здесь
vy rabotaete zdes'
You (plural) speak FrenchВы говорите по-фрацузски
Vy govorite po-fracuzski
They drive a carони водят машину
oni vodjat mashinu
They smileони улыбаются
oni ulybajutsja


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Russian

Accidentнесчастный случай
neschastnyj sluchaj
Ambulanceскорая помощь
skoraja pomoshh'
Headacheголовная боль
golovnaja bol'
Heart attackинфаркт
Help meпомогите мне
pomogite mne
Stomach acheболь в животе
bol' v zhivote


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Daily Conversation in Russian

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Russian Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Russian

Are you okay?ты в порядке?
ty v porjadke?
Call a doctor!вызовите врача!
vyzovite vracha!
Call the ambulance!вызовите скорую помощь
vyzovite skoruju pomoshh'
Call the police!позвоните в полицию
pozvonite v policiju
Calm down!Успокойтесь
I feel sickмне нездровится
mne nezdrovitsja
It hurts hereЗдесь болит
Zdes' bolit
It's urgent!это срочно!-
jeto srochno!-
Where is the closest pharmacy?где ближайшая аптека?
gde blizhajshaja apteka?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Прекрасно выглядишь!
Prekrasno vygljadish'!
You have a beautiful nameУ тебя красивое имя
U tebja krasivoe imja
This is my wifeЭто моя жена
Jeto moja zhena
This is my husbandЭто мой муж
Jeto moj muzh

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Russian about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Russian Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Russian homepage.

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