Russian Vocabulary

Here are the Russian words you might need to talk about your family.

Immediate Family

Отец - father

Мать - mother

Папа - dad

Мама - mum

Брат - brother

Сестра - sister

Сын - son

Дочь - daughter

Жена - wife

Муж - husband

Родители - parents

Дети - children

ребенок - child

Extended Family

Бабушка - grandmother

Дедушка - grandfather

Внучка - granddaughter

Внук - grandson

Дядя - uncle

Тётя - auntie

племянник - nephew

племянница - niece

двоюродный брат - cousin (male)

двоюродная сестра - cousin (female)

Related Words

семья - family

родственники - relatives

близнецы - twins

детство - childhood

малыш, грудной ребенок - baby

мальчик - young boy

девочка - young girl

девушка - young woman

молодой человек - young man

мужчина - man

женщина - woman

человек - person

взрослый - adult

невеста - bride

жених - groom

медовый месяц - honey moon

брак - marriage

замужем, женатый - married

жениться, выходить замуж - marry

холостой - single

вдова - widow

вдовец - widower


Use this video to help you learn the vocabulary for family. Try saying each number after you hear it. Take me to YouTube.

Comprehension Practice Video

Alexandra's Family (YouTube) - Use this video to practice your comprehension of Russian, and hear these words used in context.

Recommended Books For Learning Russian

The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners - Probably the best course in a book.

Russian-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary - A visual dictionary with lots of illustrated examples.

A Comprehensive Russian Grammar - A great reference on Russian grammar.

The Big Silver Book of Russian Verbs - A great reference book of conjugated Russian verbs.

Russian Learners' Dictionary: 10,000 Russian Words in Frequency Order - A simple but powerful concept. Expand your vocabulary by learning the most used words first.