As an avid tourist, it's nice to soak in the atmosphere of the country you're visiting, imbibing as many aspects of the local culture as we can. With this in mind, here's a dose of Russian that's sure to come in handy on your upcoming trip.
- As with every language, Russian too has a formal and informal tone to its basic greetings. The formal tone is reserved for strangers, seniors, and elderly people, whereas the informal tone may be used among peers, or someone whom you've come to know over time, and are friendly with.
- The language is replete with consonants being consistently palatalized, which is why we've emboldened the stressed syllable in our guide.
- The 'g' sound in Russian is always the hard sound, just like in 'garlic' and not like 'gender'.
(yah nee guh-vah-RYOO pah ROO-skee)
(vyh guh-vah-REE-tyeh pah ahn-GLEES-kee?)
(Duh-vee-ZEE-tyeh mee-NYAH duh)
With all the language apps available on our smartphones these days, one is never really at a loss of words anywhere around the world. Also, with the increasing reach of English, communication is getting increasingly easier. But yes, learning the local language and making an attempt to speak it is sure to gain you encouragement from the citizens. Try it out in Russia, and see how it goes.