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What are the top 10 phrases to use with children?

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I apologize in advance for the vague nature of the question, but what are some common Russian phrases you use with children? (This topic was not something that university-level Russian courses prepared me for.)

For example, "Дай лапу", "Дорога!", "Баиньки пора", etc. are expressions I imagine are typically used with children. But there must be many more of these that I don't know about.

I don't know how to ask my child if she needs to use the bathroom (perhaps Тебе надо в туалет?), wants more milk (perhaps Ещё молока?), etc.

Are there any classic phrases for children that I should know about and might not? Thanks in advance for any help on such an open-ended question.


asked Jan 22, 2013 by tupelo (320 points)

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Дава́й игра́ть = Let's play
Здесь нельзя́ игра́ть = Here you can't play
Ты уста́л? / Ты уста́ла? = Are you tired?
Мой ру́ки = Wash your hands
Скажи́, как тебя́ зову́т = Say what your name is
Веди́ себя́ хорошо́ = Behave yourself
Иди́ сюда́! = Come here!
Переста́нь! = Stop it!
Не стесня́йся = Don't be shy
Фу, ка́ка! = Yuck, that's dirty! (don't touch it)

Ты хоро́ший ма́льчик/де́вочка = You're a good boy/girl
Хо́чешь ещё? = Do you want more?
Почему́ ты не ешь? = Why don't you eat?
Покажи́, где у тебя́ боли́т = Show where it hurts
На́до приня́ть э́то лека́рство = You have to take this medicine
Сде́лай так = Do like this
Говори́ пра́вду = Tell the truth
Пора́ домо́й = It's time to go home

For many more phrases, read this phrasebook for children and adoptive parents

answered Jan 22, 2013 by Alex (13,670 points)
selected Jan 22, 2013 by tupelo