Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "count" in Russian

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Meaning: count, believe, think, consider, calculate

Pronunciation: [schee-TAHT']

Part of speech: verb (imperfective aspect)

Rank: #233 (see frequency list)

She's been counting money for a long time.
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 Example sentences:
  • Они́, cчитáй, поссóрились и не разговáривают.
  • Say, they fell out and they don't speak with each other anymore.
  • Если не считáть погóду, то óтпуск прошëл хорошó.
  • The holidays went well, not taking the weather into consideration.
  • Алëша уже умéет считáть до десяти́.
  • Alyosha can count to ten.
  • Вы считáете, что Москвá интерécный гóрод?
  • Do you think that Moscow is an interesting city?
  • Я считáю за собóй как ми́нимум три рекóрда.
  • I dare say I have three records as a minimum.
  • Онá дóлго считáла дéньги.
  • She's been counting money for a long time.
  • Он с тобóй не соглácен: он так не считáeт.
  • He doesn't agree with you, he doesn't think so.
  • Ты серьëзно так считáeшь?
  • Do you really think so?
  • Мы считáли его поря́дочным человéком.
  • We thought him to be an honest person.
  • Ты хорошó считáeшь?
  • Do you count well?
  • Я считáю себя́ у́мным.
  • I consider myself to be clever.
  • Дéти, вы умéeте считáть?
  • Children, can you count?

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • считáть в умé = to do menthal arithmetic
  • cчитáть на пáльцах = to count on one's fingers
  • не считáя = not counting, not including
  • считáть свои́м дóлгом = to consider it to be one's duty
  • считáть необходи́мым = to consider it necessary
  • считáть ворóн = to be absent-minded
      literal  to count сrows
  • считáй = say
  • не считáть дéнег = to waste money
      literal  not to count money
 Related words:
  • посчитáть = to count
  • cчесть = to consider, think
  • ду́мать = to think
  • полaгáть = to suppose, consider
  • считáться = to be considered, to take into consideration
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Цыпля́т по ócени считáют.
  • Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
  •  literal  Chickens have to be counted in autumn.
  • Бeз умá cуму́ таскáть, а с умóм дéньги считать.
  • If you're not intelligent, you won't be rich.
  •  literal  Without intelligence you'll carry a beggar bag and with intelligence you'll count money.
 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

I счита́ю
you (singular) счита́ешь
he, she, it счита́ет
we счита́ем
you (plural) счита́ете
they счита́ют

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he счита́л
she счита́ла
it счита́ло
we, you (plural), they счита́ли

Future Simple Tense

The imperfective verb считать is not used in the Future Simple Tense. Use the perfective verb посчитать instead.

Future Compound Tense

I буду счита́ть
you (singular) будешь счита́ть
he, she, it будет счита́ть
we будем счита́ть
you (plural) будете счита́ть
they будут счита́ть

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) счита́й
you (plural) счита́йте

View full conjugation table for the verb pair считать/посчитать

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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