How would you counter someone that says something false, such as, "You don't speak Russian," then you say, "I do speak Russian!"? But how do you emphasize the do part?

  • "Ты не говоришь по-руский" is wrong and ungrammatical sentence.
    – Anixx
    May 18, 2016 at 0:09
  • @Anixx How do you word it?
    – casey
    May 18, 2016 at 0:10
  • @Anixx whenever you can edit, it's just more efficient to edit the question rather then point to an error - the author still will notice it.
    – shabunc
    May 18, 2016 at 0:35

2 Answers 2


There's no such thing like "do" as an auxiliary verb in Russian, thus, there's not such thing like direct analog. But here's a list of phrases than more or less convey the same as the "I do" construction:

  1. (colloquial) А вот и [нет,] говорю!
  2. (even more colloquial, even childish) - Очень даже и говорю!
  3. (more neutral) Да нет, [почему], говорю. (The same "отчего же, говорю")
  4. (bookish) Напротив, говорю.
  5. (even more bookish) Отнюдь, говорю.
  • Можно без добавлений, просто "говорю."Или в более распространенном предложении с логическим ударением на глагол.
    – V.V.
    May 18, 2016 at 7:42
  • @V.V. просто "говорю" соответствует "I speak Russian" rather than "I do speak Russian"!
    – shabunc
    May 18, 2016 at 7:49
  • Просто "говорю" в ответе соответствует ответу But I do (speak. Russian ).
    – V.V.
    May 18, 2016 at 7:55
  • "Нет, говорю" проще всего.
    – bipll
    May 23, 2016 at 18:46
  • How would you just say "I do" or "He doesn't" on their own?
    – casey
    Aug 31, 2016 at 22:12

This kind of "do" is not indicated in the text. All possible variants are either bookish or colloquial. An exact equivalent is emphasized by intonation.

  • Вы не говорите по-русски.
  • Я́ говорю. (default is "Я говорю́").

Additional words, such as "-то" in "я-то говорю" instead of the intonation change indicates the intention of the speaker to argue. Only the intonation change is as plain and simple, as "do".

  • That's true, it could be two different stresses on Я. "Вы не говорите по-русски. - Я́ говорю" or "И кто это говорит? - Я́ говорю". Spells the same, sounds differently. May 19, 2016 at 9:02

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