How To Talk About Animals In Russian

You may know about Russian bears, but do you know how to say bears in Russian?
January 9, 2020
How To Talk About Animals In Russian

So far, we lack the technology to talk to animals in Russian, but that doesn’t stop you from talking about animals in Russian. Learning the basics of animal vocabulary can be a fun way to take a break from the more intense parts of learning Russian. Step back from memorizing grammar and just find out what all those animals you love are called. Hey, you never know when you’ll end up at the Moscow Zoo.

To get you started, we assembled a guide to some of the basic animals in Russian that you’ll want to know. To hear the vocabulary pronounced by a native speaker, press the play button next to each word!

General Animal Vocab

pet — домашнее животное

wild animal — дикое животное

farm animal — сельскохозяйственное животное

sea creature — морское животное

fur — шерсть

to feed — кормить, покормить (imperf., perf.)

veterinarian — ветеринар

Names Of Animals In Russian

dog — собака

cat — кошка

fish — рыба

mouse — мышь

hamster — хомяк

rabbit — кролик

rat — крыса

guinea pig — морская свинка

chicken — курица

duck — утка

cow — корова

pig — свинья

sheep — овца

goat — коза

horse — лошадь

bird — птица

penguin — пингвин

fish — рыба

dolphin — дельфин

octopus — осьминог

blue whale — синий кит

shark — акула

bear — медведь

wolf — волк

snake — змея

frog — лягушка

squirrel — белка

giraffe — жираф

deer — косуля

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Thomas Moore Devlin
Thomas grew up in suburban Massachusetts, and moved to New York City for college. He studied English literature and linguistics at New York University, but spent most of his time in college working for the student paper. Because of this, he has really hard opinions about AP Style. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and getting angry about things on Twitter. He's spent a lot of time trying to learn Spanish, and has learned a little German.
Thomas grew up in suburban Massachusetts, and moved to New York City for college. He studied English literature and linguistics at New York University, but spent most of his time in college working for the student paper. Because of this, he has really hard opinions about AP Style. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and getting angry about things on Twitter. He's spent a lot of time trying to learn Spanish, and has learned a little German.

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