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YOU and you

The Russian language is full of traps: even the simple pronoun "you" can get you in trouble if you choose the wrong version of it! Learn how to be polite or rude, stay formal or get intimate just by using the right kind of "you" in this episode of Ruspod Shorts.

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singular version of "you", used to talk with friends, relatives, or people who don't deserve respect

как тебя зовут?
[kahk tyeh-BYAH zah-VOOT?]

what's your name? (informal)

откуда ты?
[ut-KOO-dah tyh?]

where are you from? (informal)

меня зовут...
[myeh-NYAH zah-VOOT]

my name is...


the short and the longer version of the name


plural and formal version of "you", used either with multiple people, or with strangers, older people, and in formal settings

откуда вы?
[ut-KOO-dah vyh?]

where are you from? (formal)

как вас зовут?
[kahk vahs zah-VOOT?]

what's your name? (formal)

не «вы», а «ты»
[nyeh vyh ah tyh]

not the formal "you", but the informal "you"