ру́сский язы́к (Russian)

Photo by Денис Евстратов on Unsplash
Photo by Денис Евстратов on Unsplash

Russian is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia and the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages. It is also the largest native language in Europe, with 144 million native speakers in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Russian is the eighth most spoken language in the world by number of native speakers and the seventh by total number of speakers. The language is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Russian is also the second most widespread language on the Internet after English.

Native Speakers: 150,000,000

Region: Russian Federation

Writing System: Cyrillic

Language Family: Indo-European, Balto-Slavic, Slavic, East Slavic, Russian

Basic Phrases in Russian

Hello Privet Привет
Goodbye Do svidaniya До свидания
Yes Da Да
No Net Нет
Excuse me… Izvinite Извините
Please pozhaluysta пожалуйста
Thank you spasibo спасибо

Online Resources for Learning Russian