10 Essential Russian Words to Sound Fluent
There are some colloquial words commonly used in everyday conversations among Russian speakers. While these words are not exactly slang, they are also not typically used in their original sense, functioning instead as mere fillers.
It's important to know them because if you listen to everyday Russian speech, you will encounter them all the time.
1. НУ (well, so, now)
It's a tricky one. Cause we use it all the time.
And it doesn't really mean a specific thing! For example:
Я так не думаю. - I don't think so.
Ну, я так не думаю. - Well, I don't think so.
The first sentence sounds more definitive, while the second may indicate that the person is less certain, but not always. It depends on the intonation of the speaker.
So yeah, you never know when to use it.