7 Ways to Say Good Morning in Russian and 49 More Morning Words
Rise and shine! The sun is up and the day is ahead of you.
A simple Russian “hello” won’t cut it.
It’s time to learn how to say “good morning” in Russian!
Read on to see seven ways to wish someone a good morning, no matter who you’re talking to.
Plus, find out how to respond if someone wishes you a good morning, and learn over 45 more vocabulary words for talking about the morning in Russian.
Prepare to take on the day with this post!
- All-purpose Ways to Say Good Morning in Russian
- Formal Ways to Say Good Morning in Russian
- Casual Ways to Say Good Morning in Russian
- How to Respond to “Good Morning” in Russian
- Other Morning Vocabulary in Russian
- And One More Thing...
All-purpose Ways to Say Good Morning in Russian
Whether you’re in mixed company or you’re not sure of your social standing compared to the people you’re speaking with, these phrases are neutral, safe choices for morning greetings in Russian:
Доброе утро (Good morning)
This is the standard and polite way to greet someone in the morning, suitable for most situations and people.
Доброго рассвета! (Good dawn!)
This poetic expression is used to wish someone a serene and beautiful start to the day, often in artistic or literary contexts. It’s a bit more formal due to its poetic nature.
Солнечного утра! (Sunny morning!)
This greeting conveys a warm and positive start to the day. It’s used when you want to wish someone a bright and cheerful morning ahead, making it fitting for various situations, from friends to acquaintances.
Formal Ways to Say Good Morning in Russian
Since the typical Доброе утро works just fine in formal Russian situations, there aren’t really any special ways to formally greet someone that are morning-specific. However, you can use either of these two phrases in the morning to wish someone a good day or simply say hello:
Приветствую вас (I greet you)
This formal greeting is a polite and respectful way to acknowledge the morning and the person you’re addressing. It’s appropriate for professional settings or when showing courtesy to someone in a higher position.
Добрый день (Good day)
While not exclusively a morning greeting, “Добрый день” is a polite and formal way to greet someone during the daytime. It can be used in the morning as well, especially when you anticipate a productive day.
Casual Ways to Say Good Morning in Russian
If you’re saying good morning to your friends or in a casual situation, these more casual phrases are good options:
You can shorten Доброе утро to just Утро for a more casual greeting. It’s a concise and informal way to greet someone, often used between close friends or family members who share a comfortable relationship.
доброе Утречко (Good little morning)
An endearing and affectionate term to greet someone in the early hours, typically used in close relationships to convey warmth and intimacy.
How to Respond to “Good Morning” in Russian
Most of the time, if someone wishes you a hearty good morning in Russian, you can respond in kind by saying the phrase right back at them.
For variety’s sake here are some other ways to respond to “good morning” in Russian. Since most of these are neutral in formality, I’ve given you both the formal and informal variations of each phrase.
- Доброе. (Good morning. Literally: “Good.”)
- Спасибо, вам тоже. [formal] / Спасибо, тебе тоже. [informal] (Thank you, you too.)
- И вам доброе утро. [formal] / И тебе доброе утро. [informal] (And you a good morning too.)
- Спасибо, также желаю вам хорошего дня. [formal] / Спасибо, тоже желаю тебе хорошего дня. [informal] (Thank you, I also wish you a good day.)
- Привет! Да, утро началось отлично! [Informal] (Hi! Yes, the morning started great!)
- Доброе утро! Как вы сегодня? [formal] / Доброе утро! Как ты сегодня? [informal] (Good morning! How are you today?)
Now you know both how to say “good morning” in Russian, and how to respond it someone wishes it to you. Nice! To practice these expressions and learn even more situational ways to greet someone in the morning, you can use the FluentU program.
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Other Morning Vocabulary in Russian
Speak about your morning in Russian with confidence using these additional vocabulary related to mornings and morning activities:
|The day begins
|The sun rises
|Curtains are opened
Note that the meaning of Раннее утро is slightly different between English and Russian. It’s common to hear about anything past midnight as “morning” in English, but in Russian the “early morning” starts no earlier than 4-5 in the morning, when one is already past the midway point of his sleep.
Getting ready for the day
|Привести себя в порядок
|Plan the day
|Строить планы на день
|Make plans for the day
|Check the schedule
|Читать утреннюю газету
|Reading the morning newspaper
|Собираться в школу
|Get ready for school
|Выйти из дома
|Leave the house
|Поехать на работу
|Commute to work
|Уходить на работу
|Leave for work
Enjoy the rest of your morning, wish all your Russian-speaking friends a good morning in Russian and have a beautiful rest of your day!
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