How to say excuse me in Russian: prostite

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How to say excuse me in Russian: prostite

Learning Russian for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say excuse me in Russian: prostite
Say it out loud: “prah stee tye

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Some more helpful words in our Russian Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – tualet  (tu a let)
come with me – idite za mnoy  (ee dee tye zah mnoy)
do you speak english? – Vy govorite po angliyski?  (Vy gah vah ree tye poh ahn gleey skee?)
excellent – otlichno  (ah tlee chnah)
excuse me – prostite  (prah stee tye)
good / bad – horosho / ploho  (hah rah shoh / ploh hah)
how do you say…? – kak skazat'...?  (kak skah zaht…?)
how much is this? – skol'ko eto stoit?  (skohl koh etah stoh eet?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – mozhno?  (moh zhnah?)
maybe – mozhet byt'  (moh zhet byt)
no problem – net problem  (nyet prah blyem)
please – Pozhaluysta  (Pah zhah looy stah)
sorry – izvinite  (eez vee nee tye)
thank you – Spasibo  (Spah сee bah)
what is that? – chto eto takoe?  (shto etah tah koh ye?)
where is… – gde...  (gdye…)
yes / no – Da / net  (Dah / nyet)
you are welcome – Na zdorovye  (Nah zdah roh vye)

And here’s how to say excuse me in other languages!

Arabic–Uzran  (uz ran)
Chinese–Dǎrǎo Yīxià  (Da Rao Ee Shya)
Croatian–oprostite  (oh pro stee tay)
Czech–promiňte  (pro MYEEN tay)
Finnish–anteeksi  (an teh ex ih)
French–Excusez moi  (excuse eh mwah)
German–entschuldigen sie  (ent shool' duh gen zee)
Italian–scusi  (skoo zee)
Japanese–Sumimasen  (Soo Mee Mah Senn)
Korean–Sillyehapnida.  (Shil Le Ham Ni Da.)
Polish–przepraszam  (pshe pra' sham)
Portuguese–Desculpe  (jeh scoo pee)
Russian–prostite  (prah stee tye)
Spanish–perdón  (pear dōn)
Swahili–kumradhi  (koom rah dhee)
Thai–Kho Thot  (kaw TOAT)
Turkish–afedersiniz  (ah feh dar sinz)
Vietnamese–Xin Lổi  (Sin Loy)

In every culture, courtesy gets you a long way. There is no faster way to get yourself ignored and ultimately hopelessly lost than not knowing how to approach a native in a polite manner. Fortunately, the phrase "excuse me" (prostite) cuts across all cultures as a form of politeness and getting attention. Once you learn this in Russian and work towards learning it in the language of the country you wish to visit, you are halfway towards getting all the help you will need.

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