How to say good / bad in Russian: horosho / ploho

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How to say good / bad in Russian: horosho / ploho

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

To say good / bad in Russian: horosho / ploho
Say it out loud: “hah rah shoh / ploh hah

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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 good / bad in other languages!

Arabic–Jayed / Saye'  (ja yed / sa yeh)
Chinese–Hǎo / Bùhǎo  (Hao / Boo Hao)
Croatian–dobro / loše  (doe bro / lō shay)
Czech–dobrý / špatný  (doe BREE / schpaht NEE)
Finnish–hyvä / huono  (hih vah / who oh noh)
French–bon / mauvais  (boh / moo vay)
German–gut / schlecht  (goot / shlest)
Italian–buono / male  (boo ohn oh / mah lay)
Japanese–Ii / Warui  (Ee /Wah Roo Ee)
Korean–Johayo. / Nappayo.  (Jo Ah Yo. / Na Bba Yo.)
Polish–dobry / zły  (do' bree / zlee)
Portuguese–Bom / Mau  (bohm / mah-oo)
Russian–horosho / ploho  (hah rah shoh / ploh hah)
Spanish–bueno / malo  (bway no / mah lo)
Swahili–nzuri / mbaya  (n zoo' ree / mm by' uh)
Thai–Di/Mai Di  (dee/MAI dee)
Turkish–iyi / kötü  (ee yay / kuh tuh)
Vietnamese–Tốt / Xấu  (Tow / Sao)

Something good is one that pleases you while something bad is one that doesn't please you. This words are opposite of each other and are used to identify one feelings about something e.g. on the first trip in the native land, your host may ask you "was the experience today "good / bad" (horosho / ploho)? Get instant access to the Russian Language Set.

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