Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "what" in Russian

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какой

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Meaning: what, which, what sort of, how

Pronunciation: [kah-KOY]

Part of speech: pronoun

Rank: #42 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Како́е сего́дня число́?
  • What is the date today?
  • Из како́й вы страны́?
  • What country are you from? (polite or plural)
  • Кака́я хоро́шая но́вость!
  • What a good news!
  • Како́й у тебя́ рост?
  • What is your height? / How tall are you? (informal)
  • Како́й сего́дня день неде́ли?
  • What day of the week is it today?
  • Каки́е у Вас краси́вые глаза́!
  • What a beautiful eyes you have! (polite)
  • Како́й цвет вам нра́вится бо́льше всего́?
  • What color do you like most? (polite or plural)
  • Мы не нужда́емся ни в како́й по́мощи!
  • We do not need any help! (rather formal)
  • Кака́я из э́тих книг интере́снее?
  • Which one of these books is more interesting?
  • Како́го цве́та у тебя́ глаза́?
  • What color are your eyes? (informal)
  • Како́й э́то разме́р?
  • What size is this?
  • Како́й он до́брый!
  • How kind he is!
  • Како́й я учёный?
  • What kind of a scientist would I make? (a rhetorical question)
  • Тепе́рь ты зна́ешь, како́й я челове́к.
  • Now you know what kind of person I am.
  • Како́й тёплый день!
  • What a warm day!


 Idioms and set expressions:
  • такой... какой = such ... as
  • какой ... ни = whatever
  • какой ни на есть = just any
  • Каким образом? = How?; Which way?
  • с каких пор = since when
  • хоть какой = any you like
  • какой угодно = any you like
  • какой бы... = whatever...
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Это ни в какие ворота не лезет.
  • This is out of all reason.
  •  literal  This doesn't fit into any gate.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
case
singular
plural
masculine
neuter
feminine
Nominative
како́й
како́е
кака́я
каки́е
Genitive
како́го
како́го
како́й
каки́х
Dative
како́му
како́му
како́й
каки́м
Accusative
(anim/inanim)
како́го/
како́й
како́е
каку́ю
каки́х/
каки́е
Instrumental
каки́м
каки́м
како́й
каки́ми
Prepositional
како́м
како́м
како́й
каки́х
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.



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