Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "people" 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.


Meaning: people, nation, folk

Pronunciation: [nah-ROHT]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #240 (see frequency list)

The river Volga is called "mother" by common people.
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 Example sentences:
  • Говоря́т, испáнцы - весëлый нарóд.
  • They say that Spanish people are cheerful.
  • В метрó бы́ло мнóго нарóду.
  • There were many people in the subway.
  • Однó из кáчеств ру́сского нарóда - гостеприи́мство.
  • Hospitality is one of the qualities of Russian people.
  • В Росси́и мнóго мáлых нарóдов.
  • In Russia there're many minority nations.
  •  literal  In Russia there're many small nations.
  • Он вы́шел из нарóда: его роди́тели бы́ли крестья́нами.
  • He's of humble origins, his parents were peasants.
  •  literal  He came from common people, his parents were peasants.
  • В нарóде Вóлгу назывáют мáтушкой.
  • The river Volga is called "mother" by common people.
  •  literal  In the nation they call Volga "mother".
  • Нéкоторые поли́тики лю́бят ходи́ть в нарóд.
  • Some politicians like doing campaign among the masses.
  •  literal  Some politicians like going to people.
  • Нарóду слéдует предоcтáвить бóльше прав.
  • It's necessary to grant more rights to common people,
  • А где же нарóд?
  • So, where the people are?
  • Я могу́ мнóго рассказáть о коренны́х нарóдах Сéвера.
  • I can tell a lot about indigenous peoples of the North.
  • Cтудéнты - нарóд зáнятый.
  • Students are busy people.
  • Мне сты́дно пéред нарóдом.
  • I feel ashamed before the guys.
  •  literal  I feel ashamed before the people.
  • Нарóд, ну что вы такóе говори́те!
  • Hey guys, what are you talking about?
  •  literal  People, what are you saying?

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • при всëм честнóм нарóде = in public
  • мáлыe нарóды = minorities
  • простóй нарóд = humble people
  • вы́йти из нарóда = to be of humble origins
  • пойти́ в нарóд = to do campaign amongs the masses
 Related words:
  • лю́ди = people
  • нáция = a nation
  • национáльность = a nationality
  • нарóдный = folk (adjective)
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Глас нарóда - глас Бóжий.
  • The Voice of the People Is the Voice of God.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Genitiveнаро́да (наро́ду)наро́дов

Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

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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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