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­čÜî Why does ÔÇśYellow blue bus,ÔÇÖ mean ÔÇśI love youÔÇÖ? - 15 odd English phrases to help learn Russian

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Memorize these lifehacks to quickly learn basic Russian expressions.
YouÔÇÖve probably heard that Russian is one of the worldÔÇÖs most difficult languages, but do you know that some phrases in English sound similar to ones in Russian? In most cases the real ÔÇśRussianÔÇÖ pronunciation is not exactly the same; but our list is as close as youÔÇÖll get. Learn these, but donÔÇÖt forget that theyÔÇÖve got completely different meanings in Russian.

1. ÔÇśYellow blue busÔÇÖ ÔÇô I love you

How to say, ÔÇťI love you,ÔÇŁ in Russian? The romantic expression, ÔÇťya lyublu vas,ÔÇŁ sounds similar to ÔÇťyellow blue bus.ÔÇŁ ÔÇťYa lyublu vasÔÇŁ is the polite version, but if you address your feelings to someone dear and close, then you can say ÔÇťya lyublutebya.ÔÇŁ

2.┬áÔÇśHorror showÔÇÖ - Fine

HereÔÇÖs the paradox: the Russian word ÔÇťkhoroshoÔÇŁ sounds like ÔÇťhorror showÔÇŁ in English.

3.┬áÔÇśCoke dealerÔÇÖ ÔÇô How are you?

If your Russian friend asks you, ÔÇťkakdela?ÔÇŁ then he means, ÔÇťhow are you?ÔÇŁ However, this phrase is easy to confuse with ÔÇťcoke dealer.ÔÇŁ

4.┬áÔÇśWhat can I do?ÔÇÖ ÔÇô IÔÇÖll find vodka!

The Russian meaning of this phrase sounds like the answer to the English question. If you ask this question, ÔÇťWhat can I do?ÔÇŁ then a Russian might think youÔÇÖre looking for vodka ÔÇô ÔÇťvodka naidu.ÔÇŁ

5.┬áÔÇśPale manÔÇÖ ÔÇô Russian dumpling

Imagine youÔÇÖre sitting in a restaurant in Moscow and want to eat. But how to order? Just say, ÔÇťpale man.ÔÇŁ No matter how odd this sounds, youÔÇÖll get the famous meat dumplings because these words sound like the Russian word, ÔÇťpelmen.ÔÇŁ DonÔÇÖt forget to ask for mayonnaise.

6.┬áÔÇśMy own assÔÇÖ - Mayonnaise

Speaking of whichÔÇŽ Yes, Russian cuisine can be fattening and full of mayo. To indulge in this ask for ÔÇśpale manÔÇÖ with ÔÇśmy own ass,ÔÇÖ which sounds a lot like the way Russians pronounce ÔÇťmayonnaise.ÔÇŁ

7.┬áÔÇśChess knockÔÇÖ - Garlic

If you want to spice up your dinner with garlic then just say ÔÇťchess knock,ÔÇŁ which sounds a lot like the Russian ÔÇťchesnook.ÔÇŁ

8. ÔÇśTall chalkÔÇÖ - Push

On the first glance, this phrase makes no sense, but it sounds in Russian like ÔÇťtolchok.ÔÇŁ This word has two meanings, ÔÇťpush,ÔÇŁ or ÔÇťbreakthrough,ÔÇŁ depending on the context. Also, ÔÇťtolchokÔÇŁ is a slang word for ÔÇťtoilet.ÔÇŁ

9. ÔÇśTrue barÔÇÖ ÔÇô The tube

Go to Russia, open a bar and name it ÔÇśTruba.ÔÇÖ It will quickly become a main meeting point for linguistic geeks.

10. ÔÇśTwo pizzasÔÇÖ ÔÇô Stupid guy

Sure, ÔÇťpizzaÔÇŁ sounds the same in any language, but if you suddenly want ÔÇťtwo pizzas,ÔÇŁ then your Russian friend might be offended because it sounds a lot like ÔÇťtupitza,ÔÇŁ which means ÔÇťa stupid guy,ÔÇŁ or ÔÇťidiot.ÔÇŁ

11. ÔÇśOur device is KoreaÔÇÖ - Get dressed soon

YouÔÇÖre in a hurry, but your partner canÔÇÖt decide what to wear? Just tell him or her: ÔÇťour device is Korea!ÔÇŁ and she or he will hear, ÔÇťodevaysyaskoree.ÔÇŁ (WeÔÇÖre not sure whether this one was sponsored by Samsung or not.)

12. ÔÇśNastyÔÇÖ ÔÇô Anastasia

If a Russian woman introduces herself as ÔÇťnasty,ÔÇŁ it doesnÔÇÖt mean sheÔÇÖs mean, or wants to get down and dirty. Anastasia, or Nastya, is one of the most popular female names in Russia.

13. ÔÇśThe chair is warmÔÇÖ ÔÇô Evening bell

We bet youÔÇÖve heard this old Russian song. The lyrics were adopted by Ivan Kozlov from Thomas MooreÔÇÖs poem, Those evening bells, and set to music by Alexander Alyabyev in the mid-19th century. The Russian version ÔÇťvechernyzvonÔÇŁ sounds much like ÔÇťthe chair is warm.ÔÇŁ

14. ÔÇśServe coffeeÔÇÖ ÔÇô Church

When traveling to Russia, youÔÇÖll see a lot of beautiful old churches. The Russian word ÔÇťtserkovÔÇŁ (church) is easy to learn; just sat, ÔÇťserve coffee,ÔÇŁ without a pause between the words.

15. ÔÇśNice driverÔÇÖ ÔÇô Bless you! or YouÔÇÖre welcome!

Try to say slowly, ÔÇťni-cedri-ver.ÔÇŁ Was it fine? Na zdorovye!
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