How to ask for help in Russian

There are many situations where we may need someone’s help. Today we’re going to learn some important Russian words and expressions to ask for help in any situation. I really hope it will be useful for you and you will learn how to use these words and expressions correctly.

Two important words to ask for help in any situation

Let’s start with the common word “help!”, which is помогите [pa-ma-gee-te] in Russian. It literally means “help me”. It is a very common word, you can use it whenever you’re in trouble. For example, you’ve been just robbed by someone on the street. So, the phrase “Помогите! У меня украли сумку!” (Help me! They stole my bag!) will be suitable for this situation. Another example, “Помогите мне, пожалуйста, обменять валюту.” (Hlep me, please, to exchange my money.). So, you can use помогите in every situation when you need someone’s help. Well, if you need a help from your friend you use informal word помоги [pa-ma-gee]. It would sound weird if you say “помогите” to your friend.

Another word you can use to ask for someone’s help is спасите [spa-see-te] (literally: rescue me!). It is used when you’re in danger. For example, you fell in the river but you are not able to swim. You are sinking and screaming спасите, so that people could hear and rescue you.

Asking for help in a polite way 

Now let’s talk about less dangerous situations, where you can adress someone in a polite way to ask for help. For example, you’re lost in Russian city and want to find a way to the hotel (or to another place). You can ask for help using these phrases:

Извините, пожалуйста. Я потерялся. Как мне попасть в (the name of the place)?
Excuse me, please. I’m lost. How can I get…? 

Простите, не могли бы вы мне помочь? Мне нужно в (the name of the place). Как мне туда попасть? 
Excuse me. May you help me? I need to get to… How can I get there?

Помогите мне, пожалуйста, найти дорогу… 
Help me, please to find a way… 

Phrases to appreciate someone’s help

If someone helped you and you want to show gratitude, you can simply use спасибо (thank you) or большое спасибо (thank you very much). There are some other ways to appreciate someone’s help:

Вы мне очень помогли. Спасибо.
You helped me a lot. Thank you.

Спасибо за помощь.
Thank you for your help.

Что бы я без вас делал!
What would I do without you!

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