Russian Lesson 9 (Questions and Misunderstanding)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Russian which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used 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.


Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Russian. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + "how" commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. 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.

Interrogative Form in Russian

Questions Russian Audio
How?kak? каким образом?
kak? kakim obrazom?

Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full Russian sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Russian Questions in a Sentence

Can I come?Могу ли я прийти?
Mogu li ja prijti?
Can I help you?Могу ли я вам помочь?
Mogu li ya vam pomoch'?
Can you help me?Не могли бы вы мне помочь?
Ne mogli by vy mne pomoch'?
Do you know her?Знаете ли вы её?
Znaete li vy ejo?
Do you speak English?Говорите ли вы по-английски?
Govorite li vy po-anglijski?
How difficult is it?Насколько это трудно?
Naskol'ko jeto trudno?
How far is this?Насколько это далеко?
Naskol'ko jeto daleko?
How much is this?Сколько это стоит?
Skol'ko jeto stoit?
How would you like to pay?Как вы будете платить?
Kak vy budete platit'?
What is this called?Как это называется?
Kak jeto nazyvaetsja?
What is your name?Как Вас зовут?
Kak Vas zovut?
What time is it?Сколько времени?
Skol'ko vremeni?
When can we meet?Когда мы можем встретиться?
Kogda my mozhem vstretit'sja?
Where do you live?Где вы живёте?
Gde vy zhivjote?
Who is knocking at the door?Кто стучится в дверь?
Kto stuchitsja v dver'?
Why is it expensive?Почему это дорого?
Pochemu jeto dorogo?


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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Russian, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Russian

Misunderstanding Russian Audio
Can you repeat?Не могли бы Вы повторить?
Ne mogli by vy povtorit'?
Can you speak slowly?Не могли бы Вы говорить помедленнее?
Ne mogli by Vy pomedlennee?
Did you understand what I said?Вы поняли, что я сказал?
Vy ponjali, chto ja skazal?
Don't worry!Не переживайте!
Ne perezhivajte!
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?)Прошу прощения?
Proshu proshhenija?
How do you say "OK" in French?Как будет ""ОК"" по-французски?
Kak budet ""OK"" po-francuzski?
I don't know!Я не знаю!
Ja ne znaju!
I don't understand!Я не понимаю
Ja ne ponimaju
I need to practice my FrenchМне нужна практика французского
Mne nuzhna praktika francuzskogo
Is that right?Правильно?
Is that wrong?Это неправильно / не так?
Jeto nepravil'no / ne tak?
My French is badЯ плохо говорю по-французски
Ja ploho govorju po-francuzski
No problem!Без проблем / конечно
Bez problem / konechno
Sorry (to apologize)Извините
To speakговорить
What does that word mean in English?Что это слово значит по-английски?
Chto jeto slovo znachit po-anglijski?
What is this?Что это?
Chto jeto?
What should I say?Что мне следует сказать?
Chto mne sleduet skazat'?
What's that called in French?Как это будет по-французски?
Kak jeto budet po-francuzski?
Write it down please!Напишите, пожалуйста
Napishite, pozhalujsta


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Daily Conversation in Russian

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Russian Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Russian

English Russian Audio
ThisЭтот (эта, это)
Jetot (jeta, jeto)
ThatТот (та, то)
Tot (ta, to)
In The Morningутром
In the eveningвечером
At Nightночью
Really!На самом деле? Правда?
Na samom dele? Pravda?
Hurry up!Скорей!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Russian about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Russian Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Russian homepage.

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