Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "very" in Russian

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Meaning: very, very much, greatly, quite

Pronunciation: [OH-cheen']

Part of speech: adverb

Rank: #86 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Я о́чень люблю́ свою́ рабо́ту.
  • I like my job very much.
  • Э́то о́чень тру́дно.
  • This is very difficult.
  • Сегодня очень жарко.
  • It's very hot today.
  • Я очень рад Вас видеть!
  • I'm very glad to see you! (formal, used by male)
  • О́чень приятно познако́миться!
  • Nice to meet you!
  • Я не очень понимаю.
  • I don't quite understand.
  • Я был очень удивлен.
  • I was very surprised.
  • Мне это очень нравится.
  • I like it very much.
  • Он очень богатый.
  • He's very rich.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • не очень = not very; not quite
  • Очень приятно! = Pleased to meet you! (used as a greeting)
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Кто себя очень любит, того другие не любят.
  • Self-praise is no praise.
  • Пускать пыль в глаза.
  • To throw dust in somebody's eyes.
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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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