How to Say Good Morning in Russian

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The most popular way to say good morning in Russian is Доброе утро (DOBraye OOtra), which literally means good morning. However, there are many more ways to greet someone in the morning, depending on the social context and situation. Some can be used in any social setting while others are only suitable for use with family and friends.

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Доброе утро

Pronunciation: DOBraye OOTra

Translation: good morning

Meaning: good morning

Доброе утро is the most common and universal way to greet someone in the morning in Russian. It can be used in any situation and register, from casual interactions to official communication.

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С добрым утром

Pronunciation: s DOBrym OOTram

Translation: good morning / I wish you a good morning

Meaning: with good morning

Another popular way to say good morning is с добрым утром, meaning that the speaker wishes someone a good morning. This expression is used the most in messages and when addressing an audience. However, it can also be used in everyday speech. The register of this phrase is universal and suits any context, whether it is casual or professional.

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Утро доброе!

Pronunciation: OOTra DOBraye

Translation: good morning

Meaning: morning (is) good

Word order in Russian is more flexible than in English. Changing the word order triggers subtle changes in meaning, too, rendering this way of saying good morning more casual and quirky than the straightforward доброе утро.

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С утречком!

Pronunciation: s OOTrychkam

Translation: morning

Meaning: with a little morning, to a nice morning

An informal way to say good morning, this expression is only used in a casual context, for example, when addressing family or friends. The word утречко (OOTryshka) is an affectionate form of утро (OOTra)—morning—and means little morning. Using the affectionate form of a noun is very common in Russian and points to the speaker's intention to sound happy, affectionate, funny, or sarcastic.

In this context, the expression can also be used in an ironic way to indicate that the morning has qualities that the speaker considers ironic, for example, that it is the morning after a particularly bad or big night.

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Pronunciation: DOBraye

Translation: morning

Meaning: good

Using Доброе! instead of the full expression Доброе утро is similar to the English usage of morning instead of good morning. It is suitable for informal situations such as talking to friends, family, and good acquaintances, or, alternatively, in relaxed settings.

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Как спалось?

Pronunciation: kak spaLOS'?

Translation: did you sleep well? how did you sleep?

Meaning: how did you sleep?

Another informal morning greeting, Как спалось? is used in conversations with friends, family, and acquaintances and is the equivalent of did you sleep well.

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Выспался / Выспалась / Выспались?

Pronunciation: VYSpalsya / VYSpalas' / Vyspalis'

Translation: did you sleep well?

Meaning: did you get enough sleep?

This is also an informal expression to be used among friends and family. It has a familiar register and is not suitable for formal settings.

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Ты проснулся / проснулась?

Pronunciation: ty prasNOOLsya / prasNOOlas'

Translation: Are you awake?

Meaning: have you woken up?

Used in casual conversations, this expression means the same thing as its English translation but can also have a more affectionate register, which is used in interactions with loved-ones, children, and close friends.

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Pronunciation: preeVYETstvooyu

Translation: Hello

Meaning: I great you

A universal way to say hello, the word приветствую has playful connotations and can be used at any time of the day, including in the morning. Although it sounds official, it is almost never used in a formal way.

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Pronunciation: prasyPAYsya

Translation: time to wake up

Meaning: wake up!

This is a playful or serious way to wake someone up in the morning, depending on the context. It means exactly the same thing as its English translation.

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Чудесного дня!

Pronunciation: chuDYESnava DNYA!

Translation: Have a wonderful day!

Meaning: I wish you a wonderful day

This morning greeting can be used at the end of a conversation in the morning and is a positive and loving way to wish someone a great day. Use with friends and family, as the intensity of this expression can be perceived as strange if you use it with people you don't know very well.

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Хорошего дня!

Pronunciation: haROsheva DNYA!

Translation: Have a good day!

Meaning: I wish you a good day.

This is a universal way to wish someone a good day in the morning and can be used in all situations and settings, casual or formal.

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