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To begin in Russian 🇷🇺

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to begin начинать
How to say “to begin” in Russian? “Начинать”. Here you will learn how to pronounce “начинать” correctly and in the comments below you will be able to get all sorts of advice on to begin in Russian like tips & tricks to remember it, questions, explanations and more.

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Tips to Remember the Russian Word:
– Associate "нач" with "start" in "natural," since starting can feel natural.
– Think of "нач" as the beginning sound of "nachos," to trick your brain into remembering.

– "Начинать" is an imperfective verb, which means it is used to denote an ongoing or repeated action rather than a completed one.
– It is used to express beginning an action or process.

Other Words That Mean the Same Thing:
– Начать (nachat') – Perfective form of "начинать."
– Стартовать (startovat') – To start (often used more in the context of a race or project).
– Приступать (pristupat') – To embark on or start, often used in the context of taking on a new task.


1. Infinitive:
– начинать (nachinat')

2. Past Tense:
– Я начинал/начинала (ya nachinal/nachinala) – I began (male/female)
– Ты начинал/начинала (ty nachinal/nachinala) – You began (informal, male/female)
– Он начинал (on nachinal) – He began
– Она начинала (ona nachinala) – She began
– Мы начинали (my nachinali) – We began
– Вы начинали (vy nachinali) – You began (formal/plural)
– Они начинали (oni nachinali) – They began

3. Present Tense:
– Я начинаю (ya nachinayu) – I begin
– Ты начинаешь (ty nachinayesh') – You begin (informal)
– Он/она/оно начинает (on/ona/ono nachinayet) – He/she/it begins
– Мы начинаем (my nachinayem) – We begin
– Вы начинаете (vy nachinayete) – You begin (formal/plural)
– Они начинают (oni nachinayut) – They begin

4. Future Tense:
– Я буду начинать (ya budu nachinat') – I will begin
– Ты будешь начинать (ty budesh' nachinat') – You will begin (informal)
– Он/она/оно будет начинать (on/ona/ono budet nachinat') – He/she/it will begin
– Мы будем начинать (my budem nachinat') – We will begin
– Вы будете начинать (vy budete nachinat') – You will begin (formal/plural)
– Они будут начинать (oni budut nachinat') – They will begin

Examples of Sentences:

1. Past Tense:
– Я начинал новый проект в прошлом году. (Ya nachinal novyy proyekt v proshlom godu.) – I began a new project last year.

2. Present Tense:
– Она начинает учиться играть на гитаре. (Ona nachinayet uchit'sya igrat' na gitare.) – She is beginning to learn how to play the guitar.

3. Future Tense:
– Мы будем начинать занятия в десять часов. (My budem nachinat' zanyatiya v desyat' chasov.) – We will begin classes at ten o'clock.

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