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Emergency Russian

When You Really Need It!

If you are far from home, caught out in a Siberian blizzard and badly in need of a cup of coffee, stagger into the local bistro and use the following Russian vocab on the locals.......

Don't worry, they have a great sense of humour! They needed one in the old USSR. For me to learn to speak Russian is impossible so I am learning just a few words as I come across them; a sort of shotgun method of learning the language or of at least getting a smile out of a Russian when I use it! It makes life on board just a bit better if I can say good morning or something. The words below are my personal collection of Russian vocab, my private linguistic cheat sheet! A sort of Russian for Real Dummies!

This page is as much for me as it is for web readers. Some words are quite interesting, such as "bistro". My Russian advisers inform me that when Russian soldiers, who were in Paris after the Napoleonic Wars, wanted speedy service from the local restaurateurs they would shout "bistro bistro!" and wave a sabre in the air. They got their coffee post-haste! So coffee shops, the fast food joints of the day, came to be called bistros. If you go to Paris you can find the first coffee shop that was called a bistro, I am not sure of the name but a local will help you out.

 

bistro
quickly! hurry!
When a Russian shouts "bistro!" you listen!
arbuz
watermelon
Indigenous to Southern Africa
arbuza
a few watermelons
More than one but less than five
arbuzov
lots of watermelons
Five or more
izvinitte
excuse me
OK!
provier
check
As in "check your pay calculation"!
sleydushi
next
Who wants his money? Sleydushi!
myod
honey
Any connection with mead?
oladie
flapjack
As good as Russian food gets!
ya perejuvau
I am worried
But not often!
da
yes
"Speak English?" "Da!" "OK, you got the job!"
nie or nieyt
no
bolshoi
big, grand
bolshoya
very much
malenkiy
small
R backwards
I
As in I understand. Pronounced Ya.
R backwards ponyal
I understand
Ya! Ya! Ya!
menya
me
priatnava apatita
bon appetit
The Poles say "Smuchnegal".
niezashtor
Don't mention it
As in "you are welcome" in the USA
ozero
Lake
expidirivat
Expidite
frikadel
Small meatball
Same as in Afrikaans
borsh
Cabbbage soup
Ukrainian national dish
spokoini wachti
Pleasant watch
spokoini nachti
Good night
levo na bord
Port
provo na bord
Starboard
shushlik
Kebab
shampoor
Kebab skewer
Popular with Cossaks
sotka
100 square metres
Russian measure of land.
sotki
2 to four sotka
sotok
More than 4 sotka
palka
stick, small pole
palki, palok
datcha
holiday home
Usually built on shest sotok of land.
priveet
hi
Casual
poka
bye
Casual
zdrastvuytie
hallo
Formal
dasverdanya
good bye
Formal
shast li vor hor
see you later
nol
zero
oden
one
dva
two
tree
three
chetyre
four
pyat
five
shest
six
sem
seven
vosem
eight
devyat
nine
desyat
ten
ochin manorga
too much
vchera
yesterday
sivodnya
today
zaltra
tomorrow
herashore
good, ok
kit
whale
kitti, kittov
kot
Male cat
kochka
Female cat
chut chut
easy, easy. A little.
ya nie gavaro por Ruski
I don't speak Russian
prevoshodno!
Excellent
a tor!
Wow!
slangski!
yad
poison
tak
yes
Polish and Ukrainian
podpis
sign
As in sign a signature
Mys dobroy nadezhdy
Cape of Good Hope
As in Home!! Yippy!! The Fairest Cape!
grib
mushroom
gribnoy
mushrooms in something
As in mushroom soup
deshevle gribov
cheaper than mushrooms
sna
dream
melor
soap