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Few, not much in Russian 🇷🇺

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few, not much мало
How to say “few, not much” in Russian? “Мало”. Here you will learn how to pronounce “мало” correctly and in the comments below you will be able to get all sorts of advice on few, not much in Russian like tips & tricks to remember it, questions, explanations and more.

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Tips to remember the Russian word "мало"

– Associate "мало" with "mal" in Spanish or French, which means "bad"—having a small amount is usually bad or insufficient.
– Visualize "malo" (a wrong or bad amount) to remember that "мало" means a small or insufficient quantity.


"Мало" is used to express a small quantity or amount, something insufficient or not enough.

Other words that mean the same thing

– немного (nemnogo): a little, not much
– немногочисленный (nemnogochislennyy): few in number, sparse

Alternate meanings and slang

In casual or spoken Russian, "мало" might sometimes mean "not often" or "seldom," though this usage is less common. For example, "Он мало гуляет" (On malo gulayet) means "He seldom goes for a walk."

Examples of sentences that use it

– У нас мало времени.
(U nas malo vremeni.)
We have little time.

– Мало людей пришло на вечеринку.
(Malo lyudey prishlo na vecherinku.)
Few people came to the party.

– В холодильнике мало еды.
(V kholodil'nike malo yedy.)
There's little food in the fridge.

– Он мало ест.
(On malo yest.)
He eats little.

– Она мало знает об этом.
(Ona malo znayet ob etom.)
She knows little about it.

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