How to Say "No" in Russian

Learn how to say "no" in Russian with this online Russian language lesson from Howcast.

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How to say no in Russian.

The most common way, which you may know is nyet.

One more time. nyet.

Now you give it a try. nyet.

Great, but if you really disagree with someone, you can say

ka-tye-go-RI-chye-ski nyet.

The first word of that ka-tye-go-RI-chye-ski hits the accent on the fourth syllable.

I'm just going to say that word, ka-tye-go-RI-chye-ski and then you say nyet.

All together it's ka-tye-go-RI-chye-ski nyet.

Ka-tye-go-RI-chye-ski nyet.

Now, you give it a try.

Great! Another way to express disagreement is to say NYEH-ah.

I'll say it slower.

NYEH-ah.

NYEH-ah.

Now, you try.

Great! Now if you really want to disagree with someone and say no way, no how! A phrase for that can be,

ni-KAK nyet.

The accent is on the second syllable of that first word. So let me say it slower.

ni-KAK nyet.

ni-KAK nyet.

Now, you try.

Really good.

Lastly, a sort of slangy way of saying no is, NYE-too-shki.

It's derivative of the word Nyet, and the accent is on the first syllable.

It sounds like this when I say it slow.

NYE-too-shki.

One more time.

NYE-too-shki.

Now you try.

Great! So those are some of the ways in which you can say no in Russian.

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