Vocabulary

Personal Pronouns

Ah, the personal pronouns. At first, they looked really difficult because they change more than English’s personal pronouns…but now, after months of practicing them, they aren’t too bad. Let’s take a look at Russian’s personal pronouns!

Remember that the third person pronouns add (н) when they have a preposition, so you would say “к нему” instead of “к ему.” Also, remember that “его” is pronounced as “ево“!

Nominative:
я
ты
он
она
оно
мы
вы
они

Accusative/Genitive:
меня
тебя
его
её
его
нас
вас
их

Dative:
мне
тебе
ему
ей
ему
нам
вам
им

Prepositional:
обо мне
о тебе
о нём
о ней
о нём
о нас
о вас
о них

Instrumental:
мной
тобой
им
ей
им
нами
вами
ими

If you are having trouble remembering these personal pronouns, right them down and practice them as often as you can. Always remember that the Accusative and Genitive pronouns are the same!

It is also best to study the pronouns from top to bottom. The Nominative ones are the most important to learn in the beginning, and then come the Accusative/Genitive, and so on. Make sure that you devote a lot of time to practicing these pronouns, because think of what it would be like not knowing how to say “me” in English…you wouldn’t get far, would you? You need to know the personal pronouns in Russian!

Good luck with your studies, feel free to comment with your personal-pronoun-memorization techniques!

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