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Part 8: Russian Swear Words - Russian language tutorial and phrasebook

Everyone wants to know a few Russian swear words. They sound great, you can show off easily, and if you have a problem it can be resolved in most countries if you say something like "poshel na khui, suka, blyad!" ("fuck off, asshole, fuck!"), because it sounds intense (just try saying it). Besides, Russians themselves think that our language is perfect for swear words, because there are so many of them and you can generate thousands and thousands more just by changing the endings and suffixes. So here's the basic list, but feel free to add your own (use This Is Like widget at the bottom of the page).


Rude and bad russian words (offensive words and expressions in Russian):

english russian pronounced
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shit   derr`mo listen listen
bitch   `suka listen listen
get out / fuck off   otva`li listen listen
shut up   zatk`nis listen listen
fuck! (rude!)   b`lyad'! listen listen
what the fuck?   `tchyo za ga`lima? listen listen
fuck off / fuck you (rude!) po'shyol 'na hui listen listen
asshole mu'dak listen listen
dick хуй `khu i    
cunt пизда piz`da    
to fuck ебать ebat'    
fucking crazy? охуел? okhu`el?    
this is fucked up это пиздец eto piz`dets    

Common usage of Russian swear words:

Ok, first of all, it's all about attitude (and intonation). If you haven't got the right attitude, using swear words can be very dangerous in Russia. There's a very good word in Russian called "bychit'" ("бычить") - it means to behave oneself like a bull. That's what you should be doing. You should always have a concrete physical feeling of crawling on top of something and hitting it very hard with your head. You can tilt your head down, raise your eyebrows, and open your eyes wide open. That will work. Once you got the attitude, try saying: "ty che, blyad?" (what the fuck?). Use this expression to show confusion. If you want to attack, say, "idi syuda" (come here!) and then, "schas po ebalu poluchish, suka, blyad!" (now i'll fucking kill you bitch, motherfucker!). Generally, adding "suka, blyad" to the end of each sentence is a good way to master swearing in Russian.

Now, here's a good video sample – if you can swear like that grandma, consider yourself a true Russian (or Ukrainian in this case):



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