Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "work" 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: work, job, labor, service

Pronunciation: [rah-BOH-tah]

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #140 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Я ищу́ рабо́ту.
  • I'm looking for a job.
  • Профе́ссор Ивано́в опубликова́л мно́го нау́чных рабо́т.
  • Professor Ivanov published many scientific papers.
  • У меня́ мно́го рабо́ты.
  • I have a lot of work to do.
  • Оле́г на рабо́те.
  • Oleg is at work.
  • Рабо́ты оказа́лось бо́льше, чем я ду́мал.
  • There turned out to be more work than I thought.
  • Веду́тся рабо́ты по подгото́вке к зиме́.
  • Winter preparation works are under way.
  • Ты́сячи челове́к оста́лись без рабо́ты и́з-за кри́зиса.
  • Thousands of people lost their jobs because of the crisis.
  •  literal  Thousands of people stayed without work because of the crisis.
  • Он за́нят свое́й рабо́той.
  • He is busy with his work.
  • Студе́нты отпра́вились на сельскохозя́йственные рабо́ты.
  • Students left to perform the agricultural work.
  • Мы зако́нчим э́ту рабо́ту за́втра.
  • We will finish this job tomorrow.
  • Рабо́та зако́нчена.
  • The work is finished.
  • Работа не волк, в лес не убежит.
  • The work is not like a wolf -- it would not run in the forest.
  • работодатель
  • employer

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • домашняя работа = homework
  • научная работа = scientific work, scientific paper
  • физическая работа = physical work; manual labor
  • умственная работа = intellectual work
  • постоянная работа = permanent job
  • искать работу = to look for a job; to look for work
  • быть без работы = to be unemployed
      literal  to be without work
  • решительно взяться за работу = to attack one's work resolutely
  • усердно работать = to work hard; to ply one's oars
 Related words:
  • работать = to work
  • работёнка = work (diminutive)
  • работник = a worker
  • работающий = working
  • занятие = occupation
  • труд = work, labor, effort
  • служба = service
  • творение = work, creation
  • изделие = article, product
  • публикация = publication, published work
  • статья = article
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Видно мастера по работе.
  • The work shows the workman.
  •  literal  A workman is seen by work.
  • Работа мастера хвалит.
  • The work shows the workman.
  •  literal  Work praises a workman.
  • Была бы охота, заладится всякая работа.
  • Where there is a will, there is a way.
  • Любимая работа не наскучит.
  • The favorite work will not make you bored.
  • Не работа старит, а забота.
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
  •  literal  It's care that makes you old, not work.
  • Работа в руках горит.
  • He is a beggar for work.
  •  literal  Work burns in hands.
  • Хорошая работа говорит сама за себя.
  • Good work speaks for itself.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Instrumentalрабо́той (рабо́тою)рабо́тами
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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