How to Say Happy Birthday in Russian… And How to Celebrate a Birthday, Russian-style!

happy birthday in russian

Everyone loves a день рождения (birthday), right?

Okay, maybe not everyone. But everyone has a birthday.

And lots of people enjoy parties. So, what could be better than a birthday вечеринка (party)?

Russians love any reason to celebrate

And …

12 Famous Russian Sayings, Quotes and Proverbs Every Russian Language Learner Should Master

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“To be, or not to be, that is the question.” —”Hamlet” by William Shakespeare.

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” —”Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” by John Lennon.

“The buck stops here.” —Sign on President Harry S. …

Seize the Day! The Russian Days of the Week Made Easy

russian days of the week

I don’t know about you, but I’d say my personal theme song is the 1981 hit “Working for the Weekend” by the Canadian band Loverboy.

Considering this is my mantra, I was particularly amused recently while watching “Downton Abbey,” when …

Mastering Russian Vowels: All the Rules You Need to Know


“The Pirates’ Code is more what you’d call guidelines than actual rules.”

If you’re a fan of the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series, you may recall this memorable quote spoken by Davy Jones, the feared captain …

10 Russian Tongue Twisters for Perfect Pronunciation and Super Speaking Skills


Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.

If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,

Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Say that three times fast!

Even …

Let’s Go: 13 Russian Verbs of Motion to Move Your Learning Forward


Remember the Lenny Kravitz song, “Are You Gonna Go My Way?”

Fortunately, the song is in English.

Otherwise, if poor Lenny were singing in Russian, he would have asked more than a dozen different variations of that one question.

Despite …

See, Hear, Speak: 20+ Basic Russian Phrases Presented in Multiple Ways


I find phrase lists depressing.

I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, though.

They can be incredibly helpful and have been provided to the public by many kind people, from Rick Steves to the fine bloggers here at FluentU.

It’s …