Wieviel ist das in richtigem Geld?

by Nathan Hamm on 1/14/2005 · 10 comments

Because it’s Friday. And other useful phrases in a variety of languages. The Russian omissions are wonderful.

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Tatyana January 15, 2005 at 11:41 am

“There is a corpse in bed. Please change the sheets.”

Have Laurence seen it? Very useful for somebody staying in Moscow…

student January 15, 2005 at 4:38 pm

“Don’t you speak English?
Ty chto, angliyskiy ne ponimaesh’?”

Tim Newman January 16, 2005 at 1:32 am

Heh heh heh!! I’ll remember that site.

Tim Newman January 16, 2005 at 1:35 am

That’s not all! I have two more photo albums!
Eto ne vsyo! U menya yeshchyo dva al’boma fotografiy!

Oh, how very very true! Look at number 3 here.

Tim Newman January 16, 2005 at 1:37 am

By the way, why is that:

U menya yeschyo…

and not

U menya yest…


Tim Newman January 16, 2005 at 1:43 am

Aha, I have engaged my brain. It means “I have more…” rather than “I have…”, right?

asror January 16, 2005 at 2:19 am


Nathan Hamm January 16, 2005 at 2:37 am

Maybe I’m weird, but I pretty much only use yest’ to emphasize that I have something. U menya normally suffices. If I remember right, yest’ is kind of vestigial, like a buffalo’s wings.

I don’t know why Tim, but for some reason it helps me to think about the literal translation of Russian phrases. They’re kind of funny if nothing else.

Tim Newman January 16, 2005 at 4:54 am

I’ll try that Nathan.

I see the literal translation for “I want to make a complaint” is “Where is the book for complaints?”

From my experience, you may as well write your complaints in a book, because as sure as hell nobody will listen to them.

Tatyana January 16, 2005 at 9:13 am

Bingo, Tim.
Congratulations, you’ve just demystified that elusive enigma, Russian soul.

[Book of complains, or, as I’d say, -go complain to United Nations!]

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