How to wish luck in Russian | Free Russian Video Lesson

Different ways to wish good luck to someone in Russian


Do you know how to wish good luck in Russian? Or how to ask a person to wish you good luck in Russian? It is actually quite easy. There are several most common phrases that you can use to do it.


This post is a part of the video lesson on how to encourage, praise someone and how to wish good luck in Russian. You can find a free Russian video lesson at the bottom of this page (if you haven't already watched it).


I recommend you to watch a series of these free Russian lessons to learn basis Russian words and phrases, like How to encourage someone in Russian, How to praise someone in Russian, How to be polite in Russian, etc.


Here is a list of Russian words and phrases to wish good luck to someone:


1) Пожелай мне удачи (pazhilái mne udáchi) - Wish me good luck (informal)

Пожелайте мне удачи (pazhiláite mne udáchi) Wish me good luck (plural / formal)

This is a way to ask someone to wish you good luck in Russian. For example, when you have an important exam, you can ask your friend to wish you good luck.

Ex.: У меня завтра важный экзамен, пожелай мне удачи! (I have an important exam tomorrow, wish me good luck).

2) Удачи! (udáchi) - Good luck!

It is the most common and short way to wish someone good luck. You can personalize it by adding a pronoun

Ex.: Удачи тебе! (informal)

Удачи вам! (formal / plural)


3) Ни пуха ни пера (ni púha ni pirá)

Break a leg / Fingers crossed

Direct translation: neither fur nor feather

It is an outdated wish of good luck to someone. Has to be answered with “к чёрту!” (lit. – to the devil)


This Russian expression comes from hunters' traditions. It was believed that if you wish a hunter to have a good hunt, the devil was going to prevent him from this. So, they were 'tricking' a devil by wishing to have no catch. The hunter responded "to the devil" in order to please him. You can still hear this expression, at schools and universities before exams.

However, it was commonly used in Soviet times among people, but nowadays people prefer saying just "Удачи!" to wish someone good luck in Russian.


You can watch a full explanation of these Russian expressions in the video lesson below.


Free Russian Video Lesson "How to encourage someone in Russian"

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