I came across many people roleplaying Russian in game but many of them lack the knowledge of pronunciation and it really bugs me. Now it is time to mute your Discord and read this guide thoroughly if you are intended in roleplaying a Russian character.
Let's start with names. You can use Google Translate for many cases, pick the desired name and click on the little Listen button on the left.
List goes on like that, you can use that service for the name that you wish to hear.
The biggest problem you will encounter with those names will be caused by the letter Ы if there is nothing similar to that in your native language, which can't be actually translated into the English latin alphabet. Click here to hear.
City and Town Pronunciations
Novaya Petrovka, Petrovka (pyetrofka) part is important. (New Petrovka)
Military Base - Voyennaya Baza
Airfield - Aerodrom
The problematic letter Ы
Stary Sobor-Novy Sobor (Старый Собор - Новый Собор)
Examples are enough, one more thing that you should be aware of is most of these towns' names end with 'SK', like Chernogorsk, Elektrozavodsk. Make sure you say SK not KS, I've come across with this mistake many times. Difference:
Don't be like this;
Now let's learn fundamental sentences and words.
Zdravstvuyte (overkill eh?, this is to greet someone that you approach with respect)
Okay, Good Kharasho
Brother - Brat, Bratan
There - Tam
Here - Zdyes', Tut
He's dead - She's dead On ubil - Ana ubila
SHOOT! Strelyat' (my nickname Strelok means Shooter)
How are you? What's up?
Kak dyela? (How are you doing?)
How are you?
Kak ty? (Ты) - Ty (you-singular)
Kak vy? (Вы) - Vy (you-plural/respectful)
My name is.. Menya zavut..
Thanks - Thank you (Spasiba, Pasiba, Spasibo Tebe)
Understood - Ponyal (but pronounced like ponyul)
Nothing - Nichevo
Never - Nikogda
I don't know - Ya (I) ne (don't) znayu (I know) / ne (not) znayu (I know),
Come on! Davay!
What is this? Shto eta?
It is.. Eta.. (like eta oruzhiye, it's a gun/this is a gun)
Fucking cool - Zayebis' (remember that it's a bad word used in a good manner and shouldn't be used if you're near someone respected)
What do you want from me? Shto ty hochesh ot menya?
Show me your hands! Pokazhi (show) menya (me) svoj (own) ruki (hands)!
Or a live example made by me:
Now bad words as they always use them, you can refer to the following video for many examples at once:
Pizda, yebat', blyat', pizdets (all mean fuck, fucked, fucked up, shit, damn)
Thanks for reading, if I have any mistakes please bring it to my attention. I hope it will be any of use.