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  Russkiy Yazyk!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Privet! I noticed that the quizzes on Russian were focused on key phrases like 'Hallo', 'Goodbye' etc. and wanted to write one that is a bit more in depth of the language. Have fun playing!
Average, 10 Qns, reeshy, Oct 02 21
reeshy gold member
Oct 02 21
725 plays
  A Day in the Life: Idiomatically Speaking   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz introduces you to a few interesting and slightly weird Russian idioms that you could hear throughout the day. No knowledge of Russian is required. Look for clues in the questions and/or answer choices and have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, Reynariki, Sep 15 14
519 plays
  Basic Russian Words    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These are some of the basic words you might need if you go to Russia. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, lanire, Oct 14 11
3402 plays
  Basic Russian Verbs    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There was enough people interested in playing my first Russian words quiz, so I thought maybe someone would like to test their knowledge of verbs as well.
Average, 10 Qns, Lanire, Jun 28 23
Jun 28 23
2310 plays
  Foods in the Russian Language    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you ever find yourself hungry and lost in this part of the globe, here are some food names that are very common among the citizens in that country.
Average, 10 Qns, Irena98_00, Jan 17 23
Jan 17 23
2301 plays
  Everyday Russian Phrases    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How well do you know your survival Russian?
Easier, 10 Qns, mgeigert, Mar 31 18
Mar 31 18
2650 plays
  Russian Colours    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Let's see how well you know your Russian colours.
Average, 10 Qns, Famke, Sep 02 15
1520 plays
  Pavlova's Dogs    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Large groups of people in Russian Internet chatrooms can often result in the conversation becoming a train-wreck. Here are some of the basic useful phrases which are often used in Russian chats.
Tough, 10 Qns, harbilked, Dec 04 19
Dec 04 19
156 plays
  Basic Russian for Dummies    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Letters, Numbers, simple things like that. Since I can't actually write the characters, it is based on pronunciation.
Average, 10 Qns, zilla, Jan 25 23
Jan 25 23
3274 plays
trivia question Quick Question
How do you pronounce "to do"?

From Quiz "Basic Russian Verbs"

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Russian Language Trivia Questions

1. "Zima" is the Russian word for which season of the year?

From Quiz
Russkiy Yazyk!

Answer: Winter

"Zima" is indeed winter. "Vesna" is spring, "Leto" is summer, and "Ocen'" is autumn. Russian is the seventh most spoken language worldwide: approx. 164 million people speak it as their first language, and approx. 114 million speak it as a second language, giving a total of 278 million speakers! The title of this quiz, "Russkiy Yazyk" is of course Russian for "Russian tongue" or "Russian language".

2. What is the Russian word for 'colour'?

From Quiz Russian Colours

Answer: tsvet

Russians use the Cyrillic Alphabet invented by St. Cyril and based upon the Greek alphabet. It has 33 letters.

3. What does "buterbrod" mean?

From Quiz Foods in the Russian Language

Answer: sandwich

A "buterbrod" is a name for any kind of sandwich. It can be made with bologna, cheese, jam, or even honey. The most popular type among people in Russia is probably the simple butter sandwich.

4. What is the Russian word for 'no'?

From Quiz Everyday Russian Phrases

Answer: nyet & net & niet

The word for 'yes' is 'da'.

5. This verb is something pretty much all of us do every day. In its infinitive form it sounds "kushat'" in Russian. What's the English equivalent?

From Quiz Basic Russian Verbs

Answer: Eat

The verb "est'" is often used with the same meaning. As in French, it would change the ending depending whether it's singular and what point of view it is spoken from. In infinitive form the verb "est'" sounds exactly the same as the verb "to be", but when in the other forms it would change the endings in a different way.

6. What does 'dasvidanya' mean?

From Quiz Basic Russian for Dummies

Answer: goodbye

7. The Russian alphabet contains a letter which is usually approximated in English as "shch" as in pushchair. What does the Russian abbreviation "shcha" mean in English?

From Quiz Pavlova's Dogs

Answer: Now (happening at this moment)

The abbreviation "shcha" is used to denote "seychas" which means "now, currently" in English. The Russian word for "now, consequently" is "tieper'". The Russian alphabet also has characters for "ch" and "sh". Since there are often consecutive consonants grouping, and speech is often fast, in textspeak, the letter "ch" often gets replaced by "sh" or "shch"; other letters could also end up being omitted/replaced. A key example is the word for "what" which is is actually written as "chto" but in natural speech sounds more like "shto". This is closer to it's counterpart in Ukrainian, and demonstrates the fluidity of language, since Internet chatrooms can be open to anyone with access worldwide.

8. How do you say 'red' in Russian?

From Quiz Russian Colours

Answer: krasnyi

The Red Square in Moscow = 'Krasnaja ploshchad'. 'Rozevyi' means 'pink', 'vzroslyi' means 'mature' and 'mertvyi' means 'dead'.

9. Tula, one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Russia, is best known for two things: the tea-brewing devices called "samovars", and a very popular cookie-like pastry. What is its name?

From Quiz Foods in the Russian Language

Answer: prianik

A "prianik" is a sweet-tasting pastry. It has a hard shell outside which is covered with hardened white glaze. It is usually soft on the inside, making it easier to chew. Because of the spices that are added during baking, it has a unique taste unlike anything you have ever tried.

10. What do you say if you need to thank you someone in Russian?

From Quiz Everyday Russian Phrases

Answer: Spaseeba

You would hope to hear in return 'Pazhalsta'- 'You are welcome'.

11. What would be the infinitive form of the verb "drink"?

From Quiz Basic Russian Verbs

Answer: pit'

"Spat'" means "to sleep"; "smotret'" means "to look"; "plevat'" means "to spit". To tell somebody on Russian that you don't care about the person in idiomatic way, you would say that you want to spit on them.

12. What number is pronounced 'chiteeree'?

From Quiz Basic Russian for Dummies

Answer: four

13. Who in the family are "deti"?

From Quiz Russkiy Yazyk!

Answer: Children

"Deti" means children - the singular is "ditya", although "rebyonok" (child) is more commonly used in the singular (pl. "rebyata"). "Brothers" would be "brat'ya", "parents" would be "roditeli", and "cousins" "kuzeny". Russian is part of the Indo-European language family, and along with Ukrainian and Belorussian (or Byelorussian) makes up the East Slavic languages.

14. What do Russians say when they want to name the colour of tree leaves (in the summer)?

From Quiz Russian Colours

Answer: zelenyi

Russian is a Slavic language. There are 11 Slavic languages, divided into East Slavic (Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian), West Slavic(Polish, Czech, Slovak, Sorbian) and South Slavic (Slovene, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian). Some of these languages, such as Sorbian, have very few native speakers, while others, like Russian, Ukrainian and Polish have a very substantial native-speaking population.

15. The most popular food in Russia is bread. Where would you go to buy it?

From Quiz Basic Russian Words

Answer: Bulochnaya

'Bulochnaya' is a bakery {store;} 'Igrushechnyi Magazin' is a toy {store;} 'Promtovary' are hardware and homeware {stores;} a 'Bolnitsa' is a hospital.

16. There is capital letter in Russian that looks like P. Which sound does this letter represent?

From Quiz Basic Russian for Dummies

Answer: R

The Greek letter 'ro' looks like that too, so we're really the odd ones out here.

17. In Russian, what action does the expression "khnij" indicate?

From Quiz Pavlova's Dogs

Answer: Crying

"Khnij" symbolizes someone (generally in a sad way) sobbing or crying, so basically just think of this as being like "waaaah" in English.

18. How about the White House? What do Russians call it?

From Quiz Russian Colours

Answer: Belyi Dom

'Dom' means 'house', 'glupyi' means 'dumb', 'lukavyi' means 'cunning' and 'krasivyi' means 'beautiful'. In Russian there are seven cases: nominative, vocative (little used), accusative, prepositional, genitive, dative and instrumental. Each with its own endings and uses.

19. This is a very well known Russian soup. Its main ingredients are beets and cabbage. The unique flavour and color comes from the beetroot. What is it called?

From Quiz Foods in the Russian Language

Answer: Borscht

"Borscht" is usually eaten with dark rye bread and a dollop of sour cream on top. It is one of the classics of Russian cuisine.

20. What is the Russian phrase for 'Good day'?

From Quiz Everyday Russian Phrases

Answer: Dobri dyen

An informal greeting at any time would be 'Preevet'

21. What would you say if you wanted to use the verb "to speak"?

From Quiz Basic Russian Verbs

Answer: govorit'

If you want to show the insignificance of what you were speaking about, you would use the analogue of the verb "to chat" that sounds "boltat'" in Russian language. The verb "pisat'" is an interesting verb because if the voice highlights the first syllable then it takes the meaning "to pee", but if the voice highlights the last syllable the verb means "to write".

22. The word 'dye-sit' (pronounced "dee-yeh-sets") is what number?

From Quiz Basic Russian for Dummies

Answer: ten

23. If "utro" means "morning", how would you say "in the morning"?

From Quiz Russkiy Yazyk!

Answer: Utrom

"-om" is the standard ending in the instrumental case for neuter nouns ending in "-o" and also for masculine nouns ending in a consonant - for example, "karandash", meaning "pencil", would become "karandashom" - "with a pencil". Russian is the official language in Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. While it is widely spoken in the Ukraine, it is not an official language. It is also an official language of the United Nations.

24. The sky is so beautifully 'blue'. What is the Russian for 'light blue'?

From Quiz Russian Colours

Answer: goluboi

This was a tricky question: 'goluboi' is actually 'light blue', 'sinyi' is regular blue,'fioljetovyi' is 'violet' and 'glubokyi' is 'deep'. Russian is spoken by more than 100 million native speakers and several millions of non-natives in the world.

25. How do you say 'How are you?' in Russian?

From Quiz Everyday Russian Phrases

Answer: Kak dela

You might expect to hear 'Narmal'no'-'OK'- in reply.

26. What is Russian currency called in Russian?

From Quiz Basic Russian Words

Answer: Rubl'

Russian currency is pronounced and spelt 'Rubl' in Russian, but spelt 'Rouble' or 'Ruble' in English.

27. The Cyrillic script letter that looks like an 'X' (but with a vertical line running through the middle) has what sound?

From Quiz Basic Russian for Dummies

Answer: zh

As in 'measure'.

28. In the context of Internet chatrooms, what does the Russian verb "gulyat'" mean?

From Quiz Pavlova's Dogs

Answer: To carouse, to have a good time

The verb "gulyat'" can also mean to have a leisurely stroll, however in the virtual world of online chatrooms it means to have fun and enjoy yourself, which is also another meaning of this verb in the real world. This could involve (avatars) being occupied in certain different activities; the advanced level of modern computerization allows many possibilities that are too inappropriate to mention on Funtrivia!

29. Whenever you think of a Russian delicacy, the first thing that pops into your head is caviar. What would you call any kind of caviar in Russia?

From Quiz Foods in the Russian Language

Answer: ikra

Beluga, sevruga, and osetra caviars are among the most expensive caviars in the world.

30. Here's a verb I hope you won't have to use. How do you say "to be sick"?

From Quiz Basic Russian Verbs

Answer: bolet'

Surprisingly, the same verb is used to express a person who is a fan of some sports team and is cheering the team to win.

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