Knowing how to say hi in Russian will vastly improve your ability to converse with people who speak Russian. “Zdravsvtvuyte” - здравствуйте (ZDRAST-vuy-tye) is used when speaking to many people or someone with whom you are not on a familiar level of speaking. Perhaps the easiest (and shortest) way how to say hi in Russian is “privet” - привет (pre-VYET). How to say hi in Russian can also vary by time of day. For good morning there is “dobroe utro” - доброе утро (DOUGH-bro-ye U-tra). Good afternoon would be “dobry den” - добрый день (DOUGH-bree d’YAYn). Good evening is “dobry vecher” - добрый вечер (DOUGH-bree VYE-cher). Knowing how to say hi in Russian is something you will likely be able to master quickly. The options you have are either single words or short phrases. Another way of how to say hi in Russian colloquially is “zdorovo” - здорово (zdo-ROW-va). If you are greeting someone on the phone say “allo” - алло (all-O). There are many ways how to say hi in Russian, so don’t be shy - try them all!