Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "once" 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: once, one day

Pronunciation: [ahd-NAHZH-di]

Part of speech: adverb

Rank: #565 (see frequency list)

It can only happen once (in your life).
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 Example sentences:
  • Я был на корри́де тóлько однáжды.
  • I have seen bullfighting only once.
  •  literal  I have been to bullfightig only once.
  • Тáкое мóжет случи́ться тóлько однáжды.
  • It can only happen once (in your life).
  • Однáжды мы заговори́ли о нáшем дéтстве.
  • One day we started talking about out chilhood.
  • Однáжды вéчером в сосéднем дóме нáчался пожáр.
  • One evening a fire broke out in the nighbour's house.
  • Однáжды у́тром он заяви́л, что ухóдит из дóма.
  • One morning he said that he was leaving home.
  •  literal  One morning he declared he was leaving home.
  • Однáжды ты поймëшь, что ошибáлся.
  • One day you'll understand that you were wrong.
  • Однáжды ты проснëшься знамени́тым.
  • One day you'll become famous.
  •  literal  One day you'll wake up famous.
  • Мне нравится фильм "Однажды в Америке".
  • I like the movie Once Upon a Time in America.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • однáжды у́тром = one morning
  • однáжды вéчером = one evening
 Related words:
  • оди́н раз = once
  • когдá-нибу́дь = someday
  • двáжды = twice

Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

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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