Sunday, March 25, 2012

A bit of Russian humour. Brace yourself

  Sometimes even I don't understand certain Russian stuff. Russian folklore gave birth to quite many strange things. The other day a friend sent me an old joke that I just had to share with you. Let's see if it makes you smile :).

По реке плывёт кирпич, деревянный как стекло, ну и пусть себе плывёт, нам не нужен пенопласт.

A brick is floating down the river, as wooden as glass. Let it float, we don't need that styrofoam.

Yep, you read it right. I don't have anything else to say.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Indian folktale turned into a Soviet cartoon

  I've watched this cartoon countless times. A beautiful and kind golden antelope helps a little boy escape from the evil raja's hands. It's a story about greed and friendship, and there are many cute animals there ^^.

Золотая антилопа (zolotaya antilopa)
The Golden Antelope



USSR, 1954.
Script by Nikolay Abramov.
Directed by Lev Atamanov.
More info about this cartoon here (in Russian).

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A weird type of a Russian dog

  You've met this dog before, you just didn't know it was called a dog. In Russian language the symbol @ is called собака (sobaka, a dog) or собачка (sobachka, a small dog). I don't know any other name for @ in Russian.

When you tell your email to someone, you say собака for @:
xxxx@xxx.com — хххх собака ххх точка ком
очка, tochka - a dot)

There are two theories about the origin of this word. One states that @ in certain Soviet computers had a shorter “tail” and looked more like a dog. Another version is that in some game called Adventure there was a dog following a player, and @ was its symbol.

Russian language can be cute as well! :)

Read also about what Russian email and soap have in common here.
Read a Wikipedia article about @ in Russian here.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Russian word with 3 "E" in a row

  My grandfather once asked me, if I knew a word with three "e" in a row. I couldn't think of any. He told me that the word was длинношеее, long-necked (neutral form). I didn't believe it and had to write it down to see for myself :).

длинношеее
dlin-no-she-ye-ye

It's made from длинный (long) and шея (neck). Masculine form is длинношеий, feminine - длинношеяя.

For example, длинношеее животное — long-necked animal
or длинношеее создание — long-necked creature.


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