Russian Vocabulary Lesson: Going to the Movies

Posted on October 26th, 2012

Going to the movies - Russian vocabularyDon’t you just love going to the movies? For me it’s a whole ritual: I go with a very good friend of mine, we get a big bag of sweet popcorn (yes, I am a sweet tooth), a diet coke (and that’s how I usually cut down on sugar), and come in with plenty of time to watch all the commercials (well, someone has to watch them, right?). Just the thought of munching on fresh popcorn in front of the big screen makes me want to run to the movie theater now…

If you are planning to go to the movies this weekend, you might want to learn some movies vocabulary in Russian to show off to your Russian friends.
Let’s talk about movie genres first.

Movie Genres in Russian

Жанры кино [ZGAN-ri kee-NO] movie genres
Анимационный фильм [a-nee-ma-tsi-O-niy FEEL’M] animation
Боевик [ba-ye-VEEK] action
Вестерн [VES-tern] western
Детективный фильм [de-tek-TEEV-niy FEEL’M] detective movie
Детектив [de-tek-TEEV] detective
Документальный фильм [da-koo-myen-TAL’-niy FEEL’M] documentary
Драма [DRA-ma] drama
Исторический фильм [ees-ta-REE-chyes-keey FEEL’M] historical movie
Кинокомедия [kee-na-ka-MYE-dee-ya] comedy
Классический фильм [kla-SEE-chyes-keey FEEL’M] classic movie
Компьютерная анимация [kamp-YOO-tyer-na-ya a-nee-MA-tsee-ya] computer animation
Мелодрама [mee-la-DRA-ma] melodrama, tear-jerker
Мистический фильм [mees-TEE-chyes-keey FEEL’M] mystical movie
Мистика [MEES-tee-ka] mystical movie
Музыкальный фильм [moo-zi-KAL’-niy FEEL’M] musical film
Мультипликационный фильм [mool’-tee-plee-ka-tsee-O-niy FEEL’M] animation, cartoon
Мультик [MOOL’-teek] cartoon
Приключенческий фильм [preek-lyoo-CHYEN-chyes-keey FEEL’M] adventure
Романтический фильм [ra-man-TEE-chyes-keey FEEL’M] romance
Семейный фильм [see-MYEY-niy FEEL’M] family
Триллер [TREE-lyer] thriller
Фантастика [fan-TAS-tee-ka] fantasy
Фильм о любви [FEEL’M a lyoob-VEE] movie about love
Фильм ужасов [FEEL’M OO-zha-sav] horror movie

Now that you know movie genres in Russian, can you tell me what your favorite movie genre is?

Лично я люблю романтические фильмы и комедии. А вы?
I personally like romantic movies and comedies. And you?

You’ve arrived to the movie theater. Now what? let’s take a look at a few more words that will help you to find your way around.

Касса [KA-sa] ticket office
Кино [kee-NO] movie theater, cinema, movie
Фильм [FEEL’M] film, movie
Кинотеатр [kee-na-tee-ATR] movie theater, cinema
Зрительный зал [ZREE-tyel’-niy ZAL] cinema hall
Экран [ek-RAN] screen
Смотреть фильм [smat-RYET’ FEEL’M] watch a movie
Попкорн [pap-KORN] popcorn
Напиток [na-PEE-tak] drink

So, if you would like to buy two tickets to the movies, you would say to the cashier:
- Дайте, пожалуйста, два билетика на «Пираты Карибского Моря».

or you can also say:
- Два билета на «Пираты Карибского Моря», пожалуйста.

This is how you would order popcorn in Russian:
- Две кока-колы и один большой пакет попкорна, пожалуйста.

I know that sometimes it’s common not to use word “пожалуйста” in Russian, when ordering or buying something. You might hear sometimes people saying:

- Две кока-колы и один большой пакет попкорна. 

Without word “пожалуйста”. But I believe it’s always a good idea to be polite and nice to people around you, even if they are not so polite with you. My parents always taught me to be polite, courteous and respectful and I believe these are very important qualities, and they only bring out the best in people around us. This is why I think it’s always important to use words “пожалуйста” and “спасибо”.

After the movie is over, you most definitely will want to share your thoughts about the movie with your friend. Here are a few more words that will be helpful to you when chatting to your Russian friend:

Сценарий [stsye-NA-reey] script
Жанр [ZHANR] genre
Роль [ROL’] role, part
Критик [KREE-teek] critic
Блокбастер [blok-BAS-tyer] blockbuster
Трёхмерный [tryoh-MYER-niy] three-dimensional
3D фильм [tree DEE FEEL’M] 3D movie
Актёр [ak-TYOR] actor
Актриса [ak-TREE-sa] actress
Знаменитый (adj.) [zna-mee-NEE-tiy] famous
Знаменитость (n.) [zna-mye-NEE-tast’] celebrity
Звезда [zveez-DA] celebrity

Let’s have a look at a few examples:

Scenario 1:
- Мне так понравился этот фильм!
– Да, фильм действительно замечательный! Я люблю Стива Карелла. Он очень хороший актёр, и ему эта роль очень подходит.


Scenario 2:
- Какие жанры фильмов тебе нравятся?
– Я очень люблю боевики и комедии. Хотя, в последнее время я всё больше и больше смотрю анимационные фильмы. А какие жанры нравятся тебе?
– Мне нравятся мелодрамы, триллеры и фильмы ужасов. А ещё, я обожаю смотреть 3D фильмы в кинотеатре, на широком экране.


Scenario 3:
- Пойдём в кино в эту пятницу?
– Идём! А что мы смотреть будем?
– Давай, посмотрим новый фильм с Эмма Стоун. Она знаменитая американская актриса. По-моему, он называется «Прислуга».
– Отлично, договорились. Я тогда возьму нам два билетика в кассе.

These are all of the words I have in store for you today. Remember, when you are learning new words, try put them in sentences.This will help you gain knowledge of how the word is used in Russian speech and will make it easier for you to remember. Read more tips on how to learn new Russian words.

And, as always: have fun learning Russian! :)


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