Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "a child" in Russian

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ребёнок

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Meaning: a child, a kid, an infant

Pronunciation: [ree-BYOH-nuhk]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun. In some situations, the plural form "дети" is used instead of "ребята". It originates from the synonym "дитя".)

Rank: #162 (see frequency list)



A child having breakfast. Painting by Amalia Lindgren.
 Example sentences:
  • Ребёнок кре́пко спит.
  • A child is sound asleep.
  • Мать игра́ет с ребёнком.
  • A mother is playing with the kid.
  • Ната́лья родила́ ребёнка.
  • Natalia gave birth to a baby.
  • Де́вушка де́ржит ребёнка на рука́х.
  • A girl holds a child on her hands.
  • Он спит, как ма́ленький ребёнок.
  • He sleeps like a little baby.
  • Переста́нь вести́ себя́ как ребёнок.
  • Stop behaving like a child.
  • Ребя́та игра́ют во дворе́.
  • Kids are playing in the yard.
  • У вас е́сть де́ти?
  • Do you have children? (polite or plural)


 Related words:
  • дитя́ = a child
  • малы́ш = a baby
  • ребяти́шки = kids, children (diminutive plural)
  • ребя́тки = kids, children (diminutive plural)
  • ребёночек = a little kid (diminutive singular)
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Nominativeребёнокребя́та
Genitiveребёнкаребя́т
Dativeребёнкуребя́там
Accusativeребёнкаребя́т
Instrumentalребёнкомребя́тами
Prepositionalребёнкеребя́тах
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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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