Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Russian New Year song about a Christmas tree

  This song is classic. I can't imagine a Russian person who doesn't know it. It's called «В лесу родилась ёлочка» (literally: in the forest a little fir was born).

Friday, December 16, 2011

“How old are you?” in Russian

  If you want to know someone's age, in English you ask “How old are you?” And in Russian you say...

“How many summers are you?”
Сколько тебе лет?

лето - summer
лет means years but originally it was summers.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Russian vocabulary: eating

 Do you eat a lot? Or maybe you become full after just a few bites? Today I'll show you how to describe yourself eating-wise in Russian.

Eating vocabulary:

food — еда
to eat — есть, кушать
hunger — голод
hungry — голодный
to become hungry — проголодаться
glutton — обжора
have a sweet tooth – быть сладкоежкой
sweet tooth — сладкоежка (literally: the one who eats sweets)
gourmet – лакомка, гурман


голодный как собака — really hungry (literally: hungry like a dog)
есть как цыплёнок — to eat very little, to barely touch food (literally: to eat like a chicken)
Путь к сердцу мужчины лежит через желудок. — The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gagarin and butterflies

  This is a short and really cute Russian cartoon that you can enjoy without even knowing any Russian. I'll tell you one word from it, though - “поехали! poyehali!” That's what Yuri Gagarin said before his ship took off to space. It means “Let's go!”


Directed by Aleksey Kharitidi.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Feeling lazy, Russian style

  How to say you're lazy to do something in Russian? Quite easy! Мне лень. That's it. It's pretty convenient when you're feeling all lazy to say anything longer, right? ;-)

On to examples!
лень - laziness

Надо помыть посуду, но мне лень.
Dishes should be washed, but I don't want to do it.

— Таня, почему ты не сделала это?
— Лень!
«Tanya, why didn't you do it?» - «I felt lazy!»

Ему было лень вынести мусор.
He couldn't be bothered to take thrash out.
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