List of Idioms and Proverbs in Russian Language

Russian idioms can be described as group of words whose the true meanings don’t match their literal meanings. Idioms are more like words of expression with specific meaning that so difficult when translating, but actually they are exists in any language. Idioms and Proverbs in Russian Language has their own unique, why don’t you visit How to Learn Russian for Beginners for basic Russian lesson, try to read them as part of your learning process. Well let’s take a look at list

Example of some Russian idioms and their English translation

RussianTranslationMeaning
Артельный горшок гуще кипитAn artel’s pot boils denserWorking with others produce better result
Без муки нет наукиWithout torture no scienceAdversity is a good teacher
В гостях хорошо, а дома лучшеBeing a guest is good, but being at home is betterWherever you go, there is no place like home
Глаза боятся, а руки делаютEyes are afraid, but hands are doing the jobYou never know your ability till you try
Делу время, потехе часTime for business, an hour for funThere’s a time for work and a time for play
Едешь на день, хлеба бери на неделюIf you go for a day trip, take some bread as a supply for a weekalways be prepared
Жизнь коротка, а дел многоLife is short, but there’s a lot to be doneLife is short
За спрос не бьют в носThey don’t hit you in the nose for askingAsking will not hurt you
И на старуху бывает прорухаEven an old lady makes mistakesEveryone makes mistakes, To err is human
Как нажито, так и прожитоHow is gained, and livedEasy come, Easy go
Лучше меньше, да лучшеIt’s better less but betterToo much thing is not good
Много шума из ничегоMuch noise from nothingMuch ado about nothing
Не всё то золото, что блеститNot every glittering thing is goldAll that glitters is not gold
Одна голова – хорошо, а две – лучшеOne head is good; two heads are betterTwo heads are better than one

RussianTranslationMeaning
Первый блин всегда комомThe first pancake is always a blobThings don’t work at the first time you run it
Раз на раз не приходитсяEach time it is differentYou can’t expect perfection every time
Сделал дело, гуляй смелоBusiness before pleasureWhen you have done the job, you may take a vacation
Тише едешь – дальше будешьRide slower – you’ll get furtherSlow and steady, surely wins the race
У бабы волос долог, да ум коротокWoman’s hair is long, and mind is shortExperienced is not determine by age, but who’s seen it all
Фараон гордился, да в море утопилсяPharaoh was proud, but drowned in the seaif you are arrogant, then it will deliver misery
Хлеб-соль ешь, а правду-матку режьEat bread and salt, cut the mother truthHonesty is the best policy
Цыплят по осени считаютDon’t count your chicken before they are hatchedOne should count chicks in autumn
Что было, то прошлоThings past cannot be recalledЧто было, то прошло
Шила в мешке не утаишьThe truth will always out; What is done by night appears by dayyou cannot hide an awl in a sack
Щедрость не имеет пределовGenerosity has no boundsGenerosity has no bounds
Язык до Киева доведётYour tongue can get you all the way to KievA clever tongue will take you anywhere

That’s all about list of idioms and proverbs in Russian language including literal translation and meaning. There are still lot of unique idioms and proverbs in Russian that you need to explore.  To enrich your vocabularies we recommend you to visit Basic Russian Words for Beginners after that continue to practicing with your collague with  Common Greetings in Russian to start your communications. Keep your spirit to learn Russian Language!

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