Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "than" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.

чем

To hear sound, please download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.


Meaning: than, instead of, what (instrumental case of "что")

Pronunciation: [chyem]

Part of speech: conjunction, particle

Rank: #77 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Любо́й вы́бор лу́чше, чем никако́го.
  • Choice is better than no choice.
  • Она́ вы́ше, чем я.
  • She is taller than I.
  • Англи́йский она́ зна́ет лу́чше, чем я -- ру́сский.
  • She knows English better than I [know] Russian.
  • Чем скоре́е, тем лу́чше.
  • The sooner the better.
  • Чем сиде́ть и ничего́ не де́лать, ты бы помо́г кому́-нибу́дь.
  • You'd better help someone instead of hanging about doing nothing.
  • Чем скрыва́ть, ты бы лу́чше сра́зу сказа́л.
  • You'd better told straight away instead of concealing. (informal)
  • Чем вы занима́етесь?
  • What are you doing? (formal or plural)
  • Чем мы риску́ем?
  • What do we risk with?


 Idioms and set expressions:
  • чем ..., тем... = the ... the...
  • чем свет = at daybreak
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Лучше поздно, чем никогда.
  • Better late than never.
  • Лучше один раз увидеть, чем сто раз услышать.
  • A picture is worth a thousand words.
  • Лучше добрые соседи, чем далёкая родня.
  • Better a good neighbor than a bad relative.
  • Лучше синица в руках, чем журавль в небе.
  • Better a tomtit in your hand than a crane in the sky.
  • Лучше споткнуться, чем упасть.
  • A stumble may prevent a fall.
Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 MasterRussian.com. All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.



Got questions?

Ask them in the Russian Questions and Answers — a place for students, teachers and native Russian speakers to discuss Russian grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and other aspects of the Russian language.



















Copyright 2001-2017 MasterRussian.com | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

 Learn Russian every day for free! 
 Clicks the "Like" button below to get daily updates on Facebook!
Click "Add to circles" to learn Russian on Google+



 Search MasterRussian

Custom Search

English » Russian dictionary



Like MasterRussian on Facebook


WORD OF THE DAY
 RSS | iGoogle | My Yahoo!

Word: оставить
Meaning: to leave, forget, give up
Pronunciation: [ahs-TAH-veet']

Learn Russian words »



TODAY'S STREET SIGN



Russian: Свежее пиво в кегах
English: Fresh beer in kegs


FOLLOW US ON TWITTER


MasterRussian on Twitter