Past Tense

Russian Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Russian. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. 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 past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, 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 past 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.

Past Tense in Russian

Past Russian Audio
I saw youЯ видел тебя
Ja videl tebja
I wrote with a penЯ писал ручкой
Ja pisal ruchkoj
You loved applesТы любил яблоки
Ty ljubil jabloki
You gave moneyТы дал деньги
Ty dal den'gi
You played tennisТы играл в теннис
Ty igral v tennis
He read (past tense) a bookОн читал книгу
On chital knigu
He understood meОн меня понял
On menja ponjal
She had a catУ нее был кот
U nee byl kot
She knew my friendОна знала моего друга
Ona znala moego druga
We wanted to learnМы хотели учиться
My hoteli uchit'sja
We thought Spanish is easyМы думали, что испанский - легкий.
My dumali, chto ispanskij - legkij.
You (plural) worked hereВы работали здесь
Vy rabotali zdes'
You (plural) spoke FrenchВы говорили по-французски
Vy govorili po-francuzski
They drove a carОни водили машину
Oni vodili mashinu
They smiledОни улыбались
Oni ulybalis'


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List of Colors in Russian

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Russian

Colors Russian Audio
Dark colorтемный цвет
temnyj cvet
Light colorсветлый цвет
svetlyj cvet


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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

English Russian Audio
Black is his favorite colorЧерный его любимый цвет
Chernyj ego ljubimyj cvet
I have black hairУ меня черные волосы
U menja chernye volosy
Red is not his favorite colorКрасный - не его любимый цвет
Krasnyj - ne ego ljubimyj cvet
She drives a yellow carОна водит желтую машину
Ona vodit zheltuju mashinu
The sky is blueНебо голубое
Nebo goluboe
Your cat is whiteВаша кошка белая
Vasha koshka belaja
I enjoyed myself very muchМне очень понравилось.
Mne ochen' ponravilos'.
I agree with youСогласен с тобой
Soglasen s toboj
Are you sure?Ты уверен?
Ty uveren?
Be careful!Осторожнее!
Cheers!Будем здоровы!
Budem zdorovy!
Would you like to go for a walk?Не хотите прогуляться?
Ne hotite proguljat'sja?

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Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Russian about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Russian Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Russian homepage.

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