Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "city" in Russian

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Meaning: city, town

Pronunciation: [GOH-raht]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #149 (see frequency list)

The view of the city of Sochi from the sea.
 Example sentences:
  • Я люблю́ свой го́род.
  • I love my city.
  • В моём го́роде мно́го па́рков.
  • There are many parks in my city.
  • Ири́на живёт в го́роде Владивосто́к.
  • Irina lives in the city of Vladivostok.
  • Он лю́бит больши́е города́.
  • He loves big cities.
  • Вы из како́го го́рода?
  • What city are you from? (polite or plural)
  • Населе́ние го́рода Со́чи составля́ет 337 947 челове́к.
  • The population of the city of Sochi is 337,947 people.
  • В како́м го́роде роди́лся Пётр Пе́рвый?
  • What city was Peter the First born? (a/k/a Peter the Great)
  • Мы горди́мся свои́м го́родом.
  • We are proud of our city.
  • Го́роду испо́лнилось сто лет.
  • The city turned 100 years old.
  • Го́род располо́жен на берегу́ реки́.
  • The city is situated on the bank of the river.
  • Моя́ сестра́ живёт в це́нтре го́рода.
  • My sister lives in downtown.
  • Зи́мние Олимпи́йские и́гры 2014 го́да пройду́т в го́роде Со́чи. (2014 is pronounced as "две ты́сячи четы́рнадцатого")
  • 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in the city of Sochi.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • за городом = in the country; out of town
  • центр города = downtown
      literal  the center of the city
  • деловая часть города = downtown
      literal  the business part of the city
 Related words:
  • городо́к = a small town, township, village, community (diminutive from город)
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Что ни город, то норов, что ни деревня, то обычай.
  • So many countries, so many customs.
  •  literal  Another city -- another temper, another village -- another custom.
  • Ни к селу, ни к городу.
  • Neither here nor there.
  •  literal  Neither to a village, nor to a city.
  • Смелость города берёт.
  • Courage overcomes all obstacles.
  •  literal  Courage conquers the cities.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 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.

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