Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "to go (on foot)" in Russian

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Meaning: to go (on foot), walk, move, visit, attend, wear

Pronunciation: [khah-DEET']

Part of speech: verb (imperfective aspect)

Rank: #247 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • В выходны́е мы обы́чно хо́дим в теа́тр и́ли в кино́.
  • On weekends we usually go to the theater or to the cinema.
  • На рабо́ту я всегда́ хожу́ пешко́м.
  • I always go to work on foot.
  • Вчера́ я пло́хо себя́ чу́вствовал, поэ́тому не ходи́л в университе́т.
  • Yesterday I was unwell, so I didn't go to university.
  • Вы уже́ ходи́ли на э́ту вы́ставку?
  • Have you already been to this exhibition?
  •  literal  Have you already gone to this exhibition?
  • Ты всегда́ хо́дишь в очка́х?
  • Do you always wear glasses?
  •  literal  Do you always go in glasses?
  • В волне́нии Али́са вста́ла и начала́ ходи́ть по ко́мнате.
  • In agitation Alice got up and started to walk around the room.
  • Наш сын уже́ хо́дит.
  • Our son can already walk.
  • Э́ти часы́ не хо́дят. Их ну́жно почини́ть.
  • This watch doesn't work. It needs to be repaired.
  •  literal  These watches don't go. They need to be repaired.
  • Не ходи́ туда́, там опа́сно!
  • Don't go there, it's dangerous (there)!
  • По газо́нам не ходи́ть!
  • Keep off the grass!
  •  literal  Don't walk on grass!

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • ходи́ть пешко́м = to walk on foot
  • ходи́ть босико́м = to walk barefoot
  • ходи́ть взад и вперёд = to walk to and fro (up and down)
      literal  to walk backwards and forwards
  • ходи́ть по магази́нам = to go shopping
      literal  to go around shops
  • ходи́ть в го́сти = to come round, to come to visit
  • ходи́ть го́голем (col.) = to strut (about)
  • ходи́ть по́д руку = to walk arm in arm
  • ходи́ть за ке́м-то как тень = to follow somebody like a shadow
      literal  to go after somebody like a shadow
  • ходи́ть за ке́м-то по пята́м = to follow on somebody's heels / to tread on somebody's heels / to hook oneself on to somebody
      literal  to go after somebody by their heels
  • ходи́ть вокру́г да о́коло = to beat about the bush
      literal  to go around and near
  • ходи́ть по́ миру = to beg, be a beggar; live by begging
      literal  to go around the world
  • ходи́ть на за́дних ла́пках (пе́ред ке́м-то) = to dance attendance (upon smb) / to jump through the hoops (for smb) / to judge fawn (over smb)
      literal  to go on hind legs
  • ходи́ть по рука́м = to pass from hand to hand, to go around
      literal  to go around hands
  • ходи́ть на голове́ (col.) = to stand on one’s head
      literal  to go on head
  • ходи́ть по стру́нке = to toe the mark (line)
      literal  to go along the string
  • (за приме́рами) далеко́ ходи́ть не на́до = one doesn't have to look / go far (for examples)
      literal  you don’t need to go far for examples
  • хо́дят слу́хи = rumors are flying around
      literal  rumors go
 Related words:
  • идти́ = to go, to walk
  • походи́ть = to go (for a while)
  • ход = motion, run, move
  • ходьба́ = walking, pacing
  • похо́дка = gait, walk, step
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Волко́в боя́ться – в лес не ходи́ть.
  • Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  •  literal  To be afraid of wolves is to not go to the forest.
  • Беда́ в одино́чку не хо́дит.
  • Misfortunes never come singly (alone). / It never rains but it pours.
  •  literal  Misfortune never goes alone.
  • В чужо́й монасты́рь со свои́м уста́вом не хо́дят.
  • When in Rome do as the Romans do.
  •  literal  They don’t go to an unknown monastery with their regulations.
  • Сапо́жник хо́дит без сапо́г.
  • The cobbler's (shoemaker’s) wife is the worst shod (goes barefoot).
  •  literal  The cobbler (shoemaker) walks without high boots.
  • Пова́дился кувши́н по́ воду ходи́ть, там ему́ и го́лову сложи́ть (сломи́ть).
  • The pitcher goes often to the well but is broken at last. / The pitcher goes so often to the well that it leaves its handle (mouth).
 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

I хожу́
you (singular) хо́дишь
he, she, it хо́дит
we хо́дим
you (plural) хо́дите
they хо́дят

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he ходи́л
she ходи́ла
it ходи́ло
we, you (plural), they ходи́ли

Future Simple Tense

The imperfective verb ходить is not used in the Future Simple Tense. Use the perfective verb пойти instead.

Future Compound Tense

I буду ходи́ть
you (singular) будешь ходи́ть
he, she, it будет ходи́ть
we будем ходи́ть
you (plural) будете ходи́ть
they будут ходи́ть

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) ходи́
you (plural) ходи́те

View full conjugation table for the verb pair ходить/пойти

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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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