November 18, 2023

How Are You in Russian?

A lot of foreign learners struggle with simple questions like how are you. Especially in languages with different cultural context, greetings can vary greatly. Luckily, Russian is a relatively easy language to learn, but there are a few things you need to know about the Russian way of saying how are you.

First of all, you have to keep in mind that in Russia, the way you greet people depends on their level of power within society. For example, if you meet someone who is older than you, or takes a higher position at work than you do, it is polite to use the formal way of asking how are you: Kak vy pozhivaete?

On the other hand, if you are talking to your friends or family members, you can use the informal way of asking how are you: Kak dela?

Some younger people, especially girls, like to adjust the phrase Kak dela and say Kak delishki. The reason is that they feel it sounds sweeter and gentler, and funnier too!

Finally, another popular way of asking how are you in russian is kak zhivetsia? Unlike the other ways of asking how are you, kak zhivetsia implies that you already have a relationship with the person you are talking to. It's more appropriate to ask this to your close friends.

And of course, there are many sarcastic and rhyming phrases that are used as replies to standard or typical questions. Most of them are uttered just for the sake of rhyming or joking around, and they don't have any real meaning at all. For instance, if you ask someone "Kak ty?" and they reply with "khorosho" - this means that they don't really care about you and don't want to talk to you.


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