I am very curious about the Russian word “Toska.” The word that is difficult to translate in English and means loosely: melancholy, longing, boredom, spiritual anguish. How is this word written and accented in Russian using Russian letters? What does it look like? Also, how do you pronounce it? Thanks.

  • Тоска is pronounced as "таска" with the stress on last syllable. – Artemix Aug 8 '14 at 17:40
  • Thank you so much... just a quick follow-up.. In English you would not call it "toska?" with an S? What would it look like in Russian using cyrillic? Thanks again. – Julia Aug 8 '14 at 18:11
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    I don't understand your question. "Toska" in cyrillic letters is "тоска". – Artemix Aug 8 '14 at 19:14
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    Google Translate reads aloud [tuskaah] similar to how "тоска" is pronounced in Russian: translate.google.com/#en/ru/tuskaah Just click on "speaker" icon at the lower right corner of the left text box. – Artemix Aug 8 '14 at 19:26
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Тоска - [tʌˈska]

стеснение духа, томление души, мучительная грусть; душевная тревога, беспокойство, боязнь, скука, горе, печаль, нойка сердца, скорбь.

further reading a definition from the dictionary by Dal you can find here

and good web formatted description and further meanings you can find here

  1. сильное душевное томление, душевная тревога в соединении с грустью и скукой, тягостное уныние


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You can hear the exact pronunciation here for example:



Опять тоска, опять любовь!


How is this word written and accented in Russian using Russian letters?


It accented (big character means accent):
Like "task"+"A". Where A=[a]

  • It seems like using latin letters to show the pronunciation is not a best idea. Task, for instance, sounds like "тэск". This is misguiding. – Artemix Sep 20 '14 at 11:25
  • May be you are right. Wiktionary gives two pronunciatons -- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /tɑːsk/ ; (US) IPA(key): /tæsk/ . So Rus. word has pronunc. [tɐsˈka] (from Wiktionary) or simply [tasˈka]. – Andrey Sep 20 '14 at 16:33

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