Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "then" 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: then, after that, next

Pronunciation: [zah-TYEHM]

Part of speech: adverb

Rank: #343 (see frequency list)

The sky got dark and then there was thunder.
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 Example sentences:
  • Он прочитáл Гóголя, затéм Толстóго.
  • He read Gogol, then Toltsoy.
  • Нéбо потемнéло, а затéм гря́нул гром.
  • The sky got dark and then there was thunder.
  • Сначáла он говори́л об истóрии России, а затéм перешëл к европéйской истóрии.
  • First he was speaking about Russian history and then he switched to the European history.
  • Я как раз затéм и приéхала!
  • I came exactly because of that! (said by female)
  • Я немнóго отдохну́, а затéм приступлю́ к рабóте.
  • I will relax a little bit and after that I will get down to work.
  • Cнег, а затéм морóзы приду́т в столи́цу Росси́и.
  • Snow, and then frosts will come to the capital of Russia.
  • Сначáла у больнóго поднимáeтся температу́ра, затéм начинáeт болéть гóрло.
  • First the patient has a high temperature and then he gets a sore throat.
  •  literal  First the patient's temperature raises and then his throat starts hurting.
  • Затéм перейдëм ко вторóму пу́нкту.
  • Then we'll switch to the second point.
  • Я пришëл затéм, чтобы спроси́ть, как иду́т делá.
  • I came because I wanted to ask how the things were going.
  • Я позвáл вас затéм, чтóбы предложи́ть одну́ вещь.
  • I asked you to come because I wanted to suggest you something.
  •  literal  I asked you to come because I wanted to suggest you one thing.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • затéм, чтóбы... = for; because
 Related words:
  • потóм = then, after that
  • пócле = after

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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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