ūüöĆ Why does ‚ÄėYellow blue bus,‚Äô mean ‚ÄėI love you‚Äô? - 15 odd English phrases to help learn Russian

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Memorize these lifehacks to quickly learn basic Russian expressions.
You‚Äôve probably heard that Russian is one of the world‚Äôs most difficult languages, but do you know that some phrases in English sound similar to ones in Russian? In most cases the real ‚ÄėRussian‚Äô pronunciation is not exactly the same; but our list is as close as you‚Äôll get. Learn these, but don‚Äôt forget that they‚Äôve got completely different meanings in Russian.

1. ‚ÄėYellow blue bus‚Äô ‚Äď I love you

How to say, ‚ÄúI love you,‚ÄĚ in Russian? The romantic expression, ‚Äúya lyublu vas,‚ÄĚ sounds similar to ‚Äúyellow blue bus.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúYa lyublu vas‚ÄĚ is the polite version, but if you address your feelings to someone dear and close, then you can say ‚Äúya lyublutebya.‚ÄĚ

2.¬†‚ÄėHorror show‚Äô - Fine

Here‚Äôs the paradox: the Russian word ‚Äúkhorosho‚ÄĚ sounds like ‚Äúhorror show‚ÄĚ in English.

3.¬†‚ÄėCoke dealer‚Äô ‚Äď How are you?

If your Russian friend asks you, ‚Äúkakdela?‚ÄĚ then he means, ‚Äúhow are you?‚ÄĚ However, this phrase is easy to confuse with ‚Äúcoke dealer.‚ÄĚ

4.¬†‚ÄėWhat can I do?‚Äô ‚Äď I‚Äôll find vodka!

The Russian meaning of this phrase sounds like the answer to the English question. If you ask this question, ‚ÄúWhat can I do?‚ÄĚ then a Russian might think you‚Äôre looking for vodka ‚Äď ‚Äúvodka naidu.‚ÄĚ

5.¬†‚ÄėPale man‚Äô ‚Äď Russian dumpling

Imagine you‚Äôre sitting in a restaurant in Moscow and want to eat. But how to order? Just say, ‚Äúpale man.‚ÄĚ No matter how odd this sounds, you‚Äôll get the famous meat dumplings because these words sound like the Russian word, ‚Äúpelmen.‚ÄĚ Don‚Äôt forget to ask for mayonnaise.

6.¬†‚ÄėMy own ass‚Äô - Mayonnaise

Speaking of which‚Ķ Yes, Russian cuisine can be fattening and full of mayo. To indulge in this ask for ‚Äėpale man‚Äô with ‚Äėmy own ass,‚Äô which sounds a lot like the way Russians pronounce ‚Äúmayonnaise.‚ÄĚ

7.¬†‚ÄėChess knock‚Äô - Garlic

If you want to spice up your dinner with garlic then just say ‚Äúchess knock,‚ÄĚ which sounds a lot like the Russian ‚Äúchesnook.‚ÄĚ

8. ‚ÄėTall chalk‚Äô - Push

On the first glance, this phrase makes no sense, but it sounds in Russian like ‚Äútolchok.‚ÄĚ This word has two meanings, ‚Äúpush,‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúbreakthrough,‚ÄĚ depending on the context. Also, ‚Äútolchok‚ÄĚ is a slang word for ‚Äútoilet.‚ÄĚ

9. ‚ÄėTrue bar‚Äô ‚Äď The tube

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

10. ‚ÄėTwo pizzas‚Äô ‚Äď Stupid guy

Sure, ‚Äúpizza‚ÄĚ sounds the same in any language, but if you suddenly want ‚Äútwo pizzas,‚ÄĚ then your Russian friend might be offended because it sounds a lot like ‚Äútupitza,‚ÄĚ which means ‚Äúa stupid guy,‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúidiot.‚ÄĚ

11. ‚ÄėOur device is Korea‚Äô - Get dressed soon

You‚Äôre in a hurry, but your partner can‚Äôt decide what to wear? Just tell him or her: ‚Äúour device is Korea!‚ÄĚ and she or he will hear, ‚Äúodevaysyaskoree.‚ÄĚ (We‚Äôre not sure whether this one was sponsored by Samsung or not.)

12. ‚ÄėNasty‚Äô ‚Äď Anastasia

If a Russian woman introduces herself as ‚Äúnasty,‚ÄĚ it doesn‚Äôt mean she‚Äôs mean, or wants to get down and dirty. Anastasia, or Nastya, is one of the most popular female names in Russia.

13. ‚ÄėThe chair is warm‚Äô ‚Äď Evening bell

We bet you‚Äôve heard this old Russian song. The lyrics were adopted by Ivan Kozlov from Thomas Moore‚Äôs poem, Those evening bells, and set to music by Alexander Alyabyev in the mid-19th century. The Russian version ‚Äúvechernyzvon‚ÄĚ sounds much like ‚Äúthe chair is warm.‚ÄĚ

14. ‚ÄėServe coffee‚Äô ‚Äď Church

When traveling to Russia, you‚Äôll see a lot of beautiful old churches. The Russian word ‚Äútserkov‚ÄĚ (church) is easy to learn; just sat, ‚Äúserve coffee,‚ÄĚ without a pause between the words.

15. ‚ÄėNice driver‚Äô ‚Äď Bless you! or You‚Äôre welcome!

Try to say slowly, ‚Äúni-cedri-ver.‚ÄĚ Was it fine? Na zdorovye!
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