How can I say "why are you making a duck face" in Russian?

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    What does it mean? If you tell me, I will tell you how to say it in Russian.
    – Anixx
    Mar 17, 2013 at 20:57
  • google.com/… Mar 17, 2013 at 22:01

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The literal translation is “Зачем ты выпячиваешь губы?” You can also say “Зачем ты гримасничаешь?”

  • Why is the down vote?
    – Yury
    Mar 18, 2013 at 1:56
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    +1, this is much more natural-sounding than the other answers Mar 20, 2013 at 20:26
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    +1 "Выпячивать губы" looks to me the closest definition in Russian to the phenomenon shown on google images for "duckface". "Губки трубочкой" does not exactly fit because in duckface it is a combination of protruded lips AND some kind of smile. In other words lips are forward, but not round but flat. "Губки бантиком" maybe is better fit than "трубочкой" but I think it is mostly used for describing a face of a person (child) offended by something and about to cry.
    – farfareast
    Mar 30, 2013 at 23:23

That sentence makes me smile. Sure enough, to its credit, Urban Dictionary, being an open resource, at the same time would unlikely be considered the most trustworthy one on the web in this respect, and yet, here is an entry I like:"A facial expression utilized by attention-seeking teenage girls in which they push their lips outward and upward to give the appearance of large, pouty lips. Amanda Fuchs makes a duckface in all of her profile pictures."

Some coquetry given, I would suggest something like Милая, к чему такое"поцелуйное"личико? or Ты уверена, что твоя утиная гримаска здесь уместна?

Internet yields another sample:"...сбегала к зеркалу, скроила утиную морду - реально кажется. что суперсекси..." which indicates that the English authentic(?), not sure about its etymology, phrase has been successfully infiltrating the Russian everyday speech).


why are you making a duck face?

  • Зачем ты делаешь лицо «уточкой»?
  • Зачем ты делаешь губы «уточкой»?

making a duck face - сделать/показать «уточку» (short form)

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    Делать "дакфейс" can also be used.
    – Yellow Sky
    Mar 18, 2013 at 8:39
  • @YellowSky чё ты дакфейсишь тут!
    – shabunc
    Feb 16, 2017 at 13:41

зачем делать губки бантиком???

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    Please refrain from reposting information already present in other answers.
    – Aleks G
    Mar 24, 2013 at 18:48
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    I am not sure what you are referring to when you say it's already been presented. I don't see any earlier answer/response mentioning "бантик". Please explain yourself. Apr 1, 2013 at 19:59

Young people mostly use a word "дакфейс" (read exactly like englich 'duck face' ), specially when facing a phenomenon of a young woman wearing this facial expression on a photo. A verb would be "сделать дакфейс" (perfect form), and here is another common example:

На новом фото Катя опять с дакфейсом

(Katya makes a duck face on her photo again)

Other examples in this thread feel a bit odd to me. They are correct indeed but suit older people or some official speech better (f.e. journal, book), however, the duck face phenomenon is clearly out of the list of topics discussed in journals or between politics.


Почему ты придуриваешься уткой?

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    This is not correct at all. It doesn't convey the same meaning whatsoever.
    – Aleks G
    Mar 24, 2013 at 18:48

"Хватит дуться" or "Чего ты дуешься?". It is slang.

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    – Olga
    Mar 30, 2013 at 6:13
  • My gut says, the sitational uses are different for the OP question and suggested translation. I'd say that дуться is pout. Jan 5, 2018 at 19:00

the old form of duckface in russian is "губошлёп". you can say "зачем ты прикидываешься губошлёпом?". or if you talk this to women "почему ты надуваешь губки?")

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