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Several ways to say ¨Hi and bye¨ in Russian
Several ways to say ¨Hi and bye¨ in Russian
How to say ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ in Russian

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Привет Russian learners!

In today's lesson you will learn ¨SEVERAL WAYS TO SAY (HI) AND (BYE) ¨ in Russian.

Feel free to edit this page by adding new words and expressions!

Happy learning! :)

There are many different ways to say ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ in the Russian language. Let us have a look at them in details.

There are two ways to address to someone in Russian: formal and informal. Firstly, let us discuss the formal ways of greetings. There are not so many of them, actually.

The most common way to say ‘hello’ in Russian is ‘Здравствуйте’. It’s used very often in many different situations.  If it’s morning it’s also very polite to say ‘Доброе утро’ which means ‘good morning’.  If it’s daytime we say ‘Добрый день’ which means ‘good day’ or ‘good afternoon’. If it’s evening we usually say which means ‘good evening’. Finally, if it’s night we can say ‘Доброй ночи’ which does not mean ‘good night’, it’s still a greeting used at the night time.  But the last one is rarely used and some linguists consider this form of greetings as a wrong one. But the way I feel it, it’s pretty logical form, because it’s strange to say ‘добрый вечер’ if it’s night.

To sum it up, there are the most common formal expressions we use to say ‘hello’:

  1. Здравствуйте
  2. Доброе утро
  3. Добрый день
  4. Добрый вечер
  5. Доброй ночи (use it cautiously).

So, now let us have a look at the informal expressions which exist in Russian, there’re much more informal expressions than formal.

The first one, a very famous one, is ‘Привет’ which means ‘hi’. Russian is not English though, and it has lots of ways to say ‘hi’ by changing the word ‘Привет’. So you can hear something like this:

  • Приветик;
  • Приветики;
  • Прива (slang);
  • Прив;
  • Привки;
  • Прет (it’s still ‘Привет’ pronounced rather quickly);
  • Приветствую;
  • Привет-привет.

Let us go further. Remember the word ‘здравствуйте’ which is formal?  We use it in informal way, too.  How? Let’s find it out.  To say ‘hi’ using this word we change it to ‘Здравствуй’.  But they are also some words based on this word like:

  • Здарова;
  • Дарова;
  • Здрасьте;

The globalization processes is now everywhere around the globe , so it’s possible to hear the word ‘Хай’ or ‘Хэллоу’ pronounced exactly like their English brothers ‘hi’ and ‘hello’ in Russian manner, of course.

Now, let’ us talk about saying ‘goodbye’ in the formal way. There are not so few of them, actually! We have:

  • До свидания – the most popular one- means ‘goodbye’;
  • До скорой встречи (See You later, soon);
  • Прощайте (Farewell -  You are not going to see that person again);
  • Всего доброго/ хорошего/ наилучшего (Have a good day)
  • Хорошего дня/ хороших выходных (have a good day, weekends, etc.)

Now, let us talk about the informal ways! There are lots of them in Russian, hopefully this article will include as many of them as it possible. Let’s see what we have:

  • Пока! – means ‘bye’- very popular way to say ‘bye’
  • Пока-пока;
  • Покеда;
  • Бывай (cheers, take it easy);
  • Будь здоров! (take care)
  • Давай (it’s like ‘take care’, ‘take it easy) is also a very popular way to say ‘bye’
  • До скорого (see ya, in a while)
  • До связи (in touch, it means you have a way to contact with a person by phone or email, etc.)
  • Счастливо (You wish a good luck to a person);
  • С богом (it’s like Spanish ‘Adios’)

Some foreign expressions:

  • Адьёс! (a Spanish word ‘adios’)
  • Чау! (an Italian word ‘Ciao’)
  • Оревуар! (a French word ‘Au revoir’)
  • Ауфидерзейн (a German word ‘Auf Wiedersehen’).

More words to say hello and good bye in Russian[edit | edit source]

(with translations in several languages)








Hi ! Hello ! zdrahs tih vou ih tyeh Здравствуйте zdras ti vúi tie oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! zdrahs tih vou ih Здравствуй zdras ti vúi oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! prih vyeht Привет prí viet oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! zdah rah vah Здарова zda ra va oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! dah rah vah Дарова da ra va oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! zdrahs tyeh Здрасьте zdrás tie oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! prih vyeh tihk Приветик pri víet tik oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! prih vyeh tih kih Приветики pri vie ti ki oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! prih vah Прива pri va oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! prihv Прив priv oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! prihv kih Привки priv ki oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! pryeht Прет priet oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! prih vyehst vou you Приветствую pri vi est vú iu oi ! / olá !
Hi ! Hello ! prih vyeht- prih vyeht Привет-привет pri viet-pri viet oi ! / olá !
Good morning doh brah yeh ou trah Доброе утро do bra ie ú tra Bom dia
Good morning doh bree dyehn Добрый день do brii dien Bom dia
Goodbye dahs vih dah nyah До свидания das vi dá nia Tchau
See you later / soon dah skah roy vihs treh chih До скорой встречи das ca rôi vis tre tchi te vejo depois /

em breve

Farewell prah shah ih tyeh Прощайте pra chai tie Adéus
All the best ! vseh voh doh brah vah /

Hah roh sheh vah /

nah ih louch sheh vah

Всего доброго /

хорошего /


vse vo do bra va /

Hah ro che va /

nah ih loutch che va /

Tudo de bom !
Have a good day /



Hah roh sheh vah dnyah /

Hah roh sheeH

vuh hahd neeH

Хорошего дня /



Hah roh che va dniá /

Hah rô chiH /

vâ Had niiH



bom dia !

bye pah kah /

pah kah-pah kah /

pah kyeh dah

Пока ! /

Пока-пока /


pa ká /

pa ká - pa ká

pa kie da

Tchau !
Cheers, take it easy vuh bye Бывай vâ bái beijos, até mais
Take care boot zdah rohv Будь здоров buut zda rov Te cuida !
Take care /

Take it easy /


dah vah ih Давай da vái Te cuida !
See ya, in a while dahs kah roh vah До скорого das ka rô va até mais,

até logo mais

In touch, it means you have a

way to contact with a person

by phone or email, etc.

dahs vyah zih До связи das viá zi Mantenha

contacto !

You wish a good luck to a person shahs tlih vah Счастливо chas tli va Sorte !
It’s like Spanish ‘Adios’ sboh gahm С богом sbo gam Adeús

To conclude,  in this lesson we’ve discussed the most common ways to say ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ in Russian.

Now learn them and try to use as soon as possible.

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