8 ways to respond when someone compliments your Russian

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What do you say when someone compliments your Russian?

What’s your usual response to “Ой, ты хорошо говоришь по-русски!”?

If that phrase always leaves you feeling flustered, here are some useful responses (with audio!) for you to memorize…


1. Спасибо, стараюсь.
Thank you, I’m trying.


2. Спасибо, я ещё учусь.
Thanks, I’m still learning.


3. Мне очень нравится русский.
I really like Russian.


4. Я обожаю русский язык.
I adore the Russian language.


5. Я учу русский так часто, как могу.
I study Russian whenever I can.


6. С миру по нитке. А скажите мне, какое ваше любимое русское слово.
I’m learning it bit by bit./Every little bit helps. Please tell me your favorite word.


7. Могли бы вы исправлять мои ошибки?
Could you correct my mistakes?


8. Могли бы вы порекомендовать как улучшить мой русский язык?
Could you give me some recommendations on how to improve my Russian?


I hope this has given you some ideas for responding to compliments and keeping the conversation going. What is (or will be) your usual answer to “Tы хорошо говоришь по-русски!”? Leave me a comment below!


PS: Audio files provided by my wonderful husband. Спасибо большое, Денис! 🙂

12 Responses

  1. J.T.
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    Nobody complimented my Russian in Piter. So I suppose it was good enough.


    • Katherine
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      My husband complains that no one compliments his English anymore… or his Russian, for that matter. 😉

      Congrats on your trip, btw. I really enjoyed reading about your experiences there!

  2. Liz
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    I love this! Thanks to your husband!

    • Katherine
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      Hi Liz! He says “You’re very welcome!”

  3. nagstrong12
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    I love russia❤

    • Katherine
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      Hi! 🙂 Are you studying Russian? Do you plan to visit the country someday?

  4. Josh
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    I remember the progressive compliments I used to get in Russia as my Russian improved by guessing where I was from. Initially when I spoke poorly, they would guess if I was from Germany, as it got better people would ask if I was from the Baltic states. It felt really good when I got up to being from Ukraine, and at peak people would occasionally guess a different part of Russia.

    • Katherine
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      Progressive compliments, I love it!! :p To go from “German visitor” to “Russian-person-from-another-city” in just a few years is quite impressive, Josh. Молодец!

  5. Nagstrong12
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    Defanitly!! I read lots of blogs about Russia. A wonderful place to visit. One day it will happen???

    • Katherine
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      Cool! I hope you’ll have a wonderful experience there!

  6. Sue G
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    My usual response is “Спасибо, но я очень много забыла”. Josh, I once made it to being Estonian, but never progressed from there 🙂

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