I'm looking for a russian word for the englisch term wish book or book of wishes (list of wishes exists on paper, like a book of wishes).

I stumbled upon сонник but this means dream book or book of dreams so it's not the right one.

Would it be just книга жела́ние? I'm also not sure if I can mix feminime words with neuter words.

Many thanks!

  • What's a "wish book" in English? Is it just a book with some wishes written in it? If so it would be книга желаний in Russian.
    – Quassnoi
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 11:38
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    Maybe, книга жалоб и предложений?
    – Anixx
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 11:49
  • there's no such thing in Russia, no concept => no word for it.
    – shabunc
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 13:03

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We don't call it книга. I don't even know if there is such thing in Russian. Книга жела́ние is grammatically incorrect, it should be книга жела́ний. What exactly do you mean by wish book? Is it a printed list of wishes a person has to pick from or is it a complete list of wishes a person has at all? Or maybe it is just a catalog of goods?

The thing you are asking about is called список желаний. The sample sentence would be "У меня есть список желаний, в который я записываю то, что очень хочу получить, и вычёркиваю сбывшиеся желания."

  • Yes, it is a book where one can write his own wishes into it. For example: "I want to start learning chinese in 2016." You keep this book and add wish after wish and someday you cross/strike some wishes because they have already been fulfilled. If you write down your wishes your subconscious mind will work towards them. But don't mix it up with a dream book. ;-) Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 11:45
  • edited the answer
    – Vladimir
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 12:07
  • Thanks! I compared Google and it's 6 million against 800 thousands (книга / список) Because I'm looking for a book I take the former one. Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 13:37
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    I think this concept just filtered into Russian language from English, and people who did that just made a literal translation. I was quite surprised when I googled книга жела́ний. I did not even know such thing existed in Russia.
    – Vladimir
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 14:11
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    I'd rater use 'книжка' or 'тетрадь'. 'Книга' typically means a ready typographic product, not intended for manual writing. 'Книжка' may be used for a small 'книга', but it can also denote a semi-fabricated product partly intended for filling ('записная книжка', 'книжка-раскраска', 'сберегательная книжка' etc). 'Тетрадь' is a copy-book, usually devoid of any print except lining or checkering.
    – ach
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 14:39

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