Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "myself" 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: myself, himself, herself, yourself

Pronunciation: [see-BYAH]

Part of speech: pronoun, particle

Rank: #40 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Анна посмотре́ла на себя́ в зе́ркало.
  • Anna looked at herself in the mirror.
  • В э́том вы мо́жете вини́ть то́лько себя́.
  • You can only blame yourself for this.
  • Расскажи́те что́-нибудь про себя́.
  • Tell something about yourself. (polite or plural)
  • Он при́нял госте́й у себя́ до́ма.
  • He received the visitors at his home.
  • Мои́ де́ти всегда́ хорошо́ веду́т себя́.
  • My children always behave well. ('себя' is not translated)
  • Он не тот, за кого́ себя́ выдаёт.
  • He is not the one he wants you to believe he is.
  • Мне как-то не по себе́.
  • I don't feel quite myself.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • не по себе = to be out of sorts; to feel awkward
  • читать про себя = to read to oneself
  • прийти в себя = to come to one's senses
  • ничего себе = not so bad
  • так себе = so-so
  • он очень xopош собой = he is very good-looking
      literal  he is very good with himself
  • Берегите себя! = Take care of yourself!
  • брать на себя = to assume
  • выйти из себя = to lose temper
  • сам по себе = on its/his/her own
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Instrumentalсобо́й (собо́ю)
Prepositional(o) себе́
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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