Perhaps it was those cold nights in Siberia, sitting around in the dark house. Or on the city streets of Moscow, where citizens focus on their ‘bychit’ boldness (to conduct yourself like a bull). Whatever the reason, there isn’t a language on Earth that has more attitude and personality in its swearing than Russian.
Cursing in Russian is, when approached the right way, quite an enjoyable thing to do. Without the ‘bychit’ attitude, you may find yourself offending, offended, and in quite a precarious situation if you use swear words in general conversation. Let’s take a look at basic Russian curse words and how they translate into English. Then, we’ll cover some handy language learning techniques to help you master them and put the phrases into practice.
How to curse in Russian: The basics
DIckhead: хуи́ло, хуйло́
A dick for you: Хуй тебе́!
That’s bullshit: хуйня́
Holy shit: Охуе́ть!
Suck my dick: Соси́ мой хуй!
To fuck: еба́ть
How to curse in Russian: Visual elements make a huge difference
A quick YouTube search for Russian curse words brings up a number of video results for both pronunciation and written forms of Russian curse words. It is important to remember that viewing and reviewing the words will make you more likely to remember them.
Here’s a great starter:
How to curse in Russian: Use cue cards
Cue cards are a great technique to use for general language learning. Add swear words, and the process gets that much more enjoyable. Adding visual cues to the Russian curse words can help you learn them faster. Use white flash cards to memorize your vocabulary words.
Write the curse words on a cue card, with the English translation on the back side. This is a fun game to practice with friends. The cue cards also make a great and hilarious surprise to leave on a friend’s car dashboard or slip into their laptop when they aren’t looking.
How often do Russian speakers swear?
About the same amount as the average English speaker. It’s important to curse with confidence and meaning in Russian, similar to how you communicate through the language anyway. Russians pull a lot of meaning and attitude out of swear words. Incorrect use can cause unintended offense or be misinterpreted. Spend some time hanging out with a few native Russian speakers and you’ll catch on quickly.
How To Curse In Russian: Putting It All Together
While studying Russian curse words, go over each term, repeating it out loud. If you don’t remember what the vocabulary means, look on the back of your cue card to see the English translation. Review the pronunciation by watching the YouTube video, clicking on the pronunciation in Google Translate or listening to online audio clips. After a few repetitions, while looking through the cards, you’ll remember the vocabulary through both the audio and visual associations. Continue repeating the vocabulary out loud until you memorize it.
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As we noted earlier repetition is key to success. Use your key cards, practice with a friend, or better yet – do some Skyping with a fluent Russian speaker. You two can swear at each other like one of you just punched the other’s son square in the face. Bet you never thought learning a new language could be so much fun!
The moral of the story is to just do it. Learn the words. Use the words. Then, expand your Russian vocabulary to cover basic daily interactions and conversations. Practice every day and we promise – you’ll see some fucking results.