Russian Words: School and Studying

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Just like in the United States, education in Russia is compulsory. In fact, education is a right of all citizens established in the country's Constitution. Classrooms are also very similar to those in the West and have some of the same materials, such as books, notebooks, desks, etc. The following vocabulary lists of Russian words related to school and studying can help you navigate academic situations.

In the Classroom

Classes in Russian schools usually have up to 25 pupils. In larger schools, there are sometimes as many as 10 to 20 classes per grade.

Russian Word English Word Pronunciation Example
Урок Lesson ooROK Начинается урок (nachiNAyetsa ooROK)
- The lesson is starting
Звонок Bell zvaNOK До звонка пять минут (da zvanKA pyat' miNOOT)
- There are five minutes left until the bell
Парта Desk PARta Школьная парта (SHKOL'naya PARta)
- A school desk
Класс Classroom, grade klass Он в третьем классе (OHN f TRYETyem KLASsye)
- He's in third grade
Планшет Tablet planSHET Включите планшеты (fklyuCHEEtye planSHEty)
- Switch on the tablets
Ноутбук Laptop notebook У нее новый ноутбук (oo nyYO NOviy noteBOOK)
- She has a new laptop
Учебник Schoolbook ooCHEBnik Откройте учебники (atKROYte ooCHEBniki)
- Open your books
Учитель/учительница Teacher ooCHEEtel'/ooCHEEtel'nitsa Новая учительница (NOvaya ooCHEEtel'nitsa)
- A new teacher
Тетрадь Notebook/exercise book tytRAT' Он пишет в тетради (OHN PEEshet f tytRAdy)
- He's writing in a notebook
Ручка Pen ROOCHka У вас не будет лишней ручки? (oo VAS ne BOOdet LEESHney ROOCHki?)
- Would you have a spare pen?
Карандаш Pencil karanDASH Кому нужен карандаш? (kaMOO NOOZhen karanDASH)
- Who needs a pencil?
Линейка Ruler liNEYka Длинная линейка (DLEENnaya liNEYka)
- A long ruler
Стирательная резинка Eraser stiRAtel'naya reZEENka Надо купить стирательную резинку (NAda kooPEET stiRAtel'nuyu reZEENkoo)
- I need to buy an eraser

Academic Subjects

Most Russian schools teach at least one foreign language, usually English, German, or French. Core academic subjects include math, Russian language and literature, science, geography, and history.

Russian Word English Word Pronunciation Examples
Предмет Subject predMET Французский - мой любимый предмет (franTSUSkiy - moi lyuBEEmiy predMET)
- French is my favourite subject
Алгебра Algebra AHLghebra Завтра контрольная по алгебре (ZAFtra kanTROL'naya pa AHLghebre)
- Tomorrow we have a test in algebra
Русский язык Russian language RUSSkiy yaZYK Русский язык и литература (RUSSkiy yaZYK ee literaTOOra)
- Russian language and literature
Литература Literature literaTOOra Что задали по литературе? (SHTOH ZAdali pa literaROOre)
- What's the homework for literature?
География Geography gheaGRAfiya Мне не нравится учитель по географии (mne ne NRAvitsa ooCHEEtel' pa gheaGRAfiyi)
- I don't like my geography teacher
История History eeSTOriya Обожаю историю (abaZHAyu isTOriyu)
- I love history
Геометрия Geometry gheaMYETriya По геометрии трояк (pa gheaMYETriyi traYAK)
- I got a three in geometry
Английский English anGLEEYskiy Кто ведет английский? (KTOH vyDYOT anGLEEskiy)
- Who is teaching English?
Биология Biology beeaLOHgiya Она терпеть не может биологию (aNAH tyrPYET ne MOZhet beeaLOHgiyu)
- She can't stand biology
Химия Chemistry HEEmiya Контрольная по химии (kanTROL'naya pa HEEmiyi)
- A chemistry test
Физика Physics FEEzika Преподаватель физики (prepadaVAtel' FEEziki)
- A physics teacher
Французский French franTSOOSkiy Пятерка по французскому (pyTYORka pa franTSOOskamoo)
- A five (top grade) in French
Немецкий German nyMETskiy Кабинет немецкого (kabiNET neMETSkava)
- German language classroom
Физкультура Physical education (PE) feezkool'TOOra Физкультуру отменили (feezkool'TOOroo atmyNEEli)
- PE has been cancelled

Around Campus

Most universities have their own campuses that include facilities similar to schools in the U.S., such as separate buildings with accommodations for out-of-town students, libraries, cafeterias, sports halls, outdoor sports areas, and more. These are some of the most commonly used words around campus.

Russian Word English Word Pronunciation Examples
Общежитие Student accommodation/halls abshyZHEEtiye Я живу в общежитии (ya zhiVOO v abshyZHEEtiyi)
- I live in the student halls
Столовая Canteen (cafeteria) staLOvaya Большая столовая (bal'SHAya staLOvaya)
- A large canteen
Библиотека Library bibliaTYEka Не разговаривайте в библиотеке (ne razgaVArivaite v bibliaTYEke)
- Don't talk in the library
Актовый зал Assembly hall AHktaviy zal Собираемся в актовом зале (sabeeRAyemsya v AHKtavam ZAle)
- We are meeting up in the assembly hall
Лекция Lecture LYEKtsiya Очень интересная лекция (OHchen inteRESnaya LYEKtsiya)
- A fascinating lecture
Аудитория Lecture theatre ahoodiTOriya Аудитория была почти пуста (ahoodiTOriya byLA pachTEE poosTA)
- The lecture theatre was almost empty
Конспекты Notes kansPEKty У него всегда подробные конспекты (oo neVOH vsygDA padROBnyye kansPEKty)
- He always makes detailed notes
Сдача экзаменов Taking the exams SDAcha ehkZAmenaf Надо готовиться к сдаче экзаменов (NAda gaTOvitsa k SDAche ehkZAmenaf)
- Need to get ready for the exams