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Russian: Phrases of exasperation.

Hi! I just started learning Russian along with my brother and my girlfriend. I'm looking for some good Russian phrases expressing exasperation, shock, or disappointment that aren't generally regarded as (too) offensive.

Things along the lines of: Oi vey! Good grief! Oh boy... Crap! My goodness! Uh-oh. Oops...

Things like that. Any help is appreciated! Thanks! JTaubel

November 18, 2015


  • Блин! (literally "pancake", but in fact this could be an euphemism for a more rude word)
  • Чёрт! (Devil!)
  • Ёлки! (this, again, is a euphemism for a curse word), also all kinds of derivatives: Ёлки-палки! Ёлки-моталки! Ёлки-метёлки! Ёлки зелёные!
  • Ёшкин кот! (a euphemism again)
  • Ой!
  • Упс! (oops! made Russian)
  • Ничего себе! (Really?), also more colloquial Нифига себе! Ни хрена себе! (euphemisms for ruder words) - these express surprise or shock
  • O боже... - Oh goodness - expresses surprise or exasperation


I'd totally forgotten блин! I love it, thanks for reminding me. I kind of want to start using pancake as a mild expletive in English...


We have блин in the course but had no time to add чёрт. Maybe, in the next version.


Oh, I did spot a colloquial expressions (or similar don't remember exactly what it was called!) skill down at the bottom, I'm guessing I'll find it in there! Nice :)

First to get through science...


Но "упс" же вовсе не русское. От него же за версту несет тимбилдингом, дриллдауном и прочей силиконовой долиной.

К "ой" я бы добавил "ох". И рискнул бы добавить "ёпрст". Из менее рискованных: "ё-моё" и "зараза!"


My хозяйка in Russia used to say ой, мама! But she was in her fifties or sixties at least and this was 15 years ago, so that might be quite old fashioned!

  • 2017

"чёрт побери" (❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤) is neutral and a very famous expression, but a bit dated.
Used as a password in the famous Soviet movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diamond_Arm


Also, Чёрт возьми! or simply Чёрт! (Damn!)


Боже мой is a famous expression, although I don't know if Russians actually use it.


In informal speech, it's more often used in the sense of Oh my God who the hell cares


Эх! - expresses disappointment (not sure what the English equivalent is)
Блин! - Crap! or Oops!


You can't go wrong with ой and ай!

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