Calling all beginner Russian learners! This widely spoken Slavic language can be intimidating to learn, not only because of the Cyrillic alphabet and unusual pronunciation with abundant consonant clusters but also the extensive case system and the vocabulary, which is quite different from English.
But Russian is certainly not impossible, and if you put in the necessary time, you’ll pick it up more easily and quickly than you expect. Over time, you can extend your vocabulary to Tolstoy levels, but for now, you should focus on the most important and basic words, such as pronouns, prepositions, and simple words, as well as basic, everyday phrases necessary for survival in Russia.
Knowing these words won’t make you fluent in Russian, but it’ll kick-start your Russian-language adventure. To get started, use this handy infographic to learn over 65 of the most important Russian adjectives, nouns, verbs, and more in both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets.