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Meaning of “Меня слышно?”

When I play online games I often hear people who have just connected say what sounds like "Меня слышно?" I think this means "Can you hear me?" because they want to know if their microphone works. ...
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Difference between “бренчать” and “тренькать”

Hey can anyone explain to me the difference between these words, and maybe наматывать as well? I was doing guitar-vocab, my usual resources seem to be drawing a blank?
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When did Красная Площадь begin to shift from Beautiful to Red?

I suppose this one will be tough, or actually impossible, to crack by looking at Russian in isolation — there is no way to know what writers at what point had which meaning in mind, short of ...
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Meaning of “намылить ему шею”

Пожалуй, стоило бы намылить ему шею за то, что из-за него я так долго был лишен вашего общества. I wonder if this expression means "give him a (verbal) dressing-down"? Does "намылить" have anything ...
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How should I understand and translate “закатить истерику”?

Some time ago I took a test in which I had to translate some short texts from Russian into English. One of them contained the following sentence: По приходу домой она закатила истерику. My solution ...
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Разница между “вокзал” и “станция”?

Какая разница между вокзал и станция?
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Чем отличаются “пере-” и “об-” “рабатывающий”?

То есть, почему один завод называется "нефтеперерабатывающим", а другой- "деревообрабатывающим". Может быть, просто от благозвучности? Есть ли конкретная разница между "перерабатывать" и "...
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Meaning of пацан

A friend of mine wrote: Ты скоро будешь разговаривать по-русски, как настоящий пацан. I realize this is a compliment, however I looked it up in several dictionaries and got a basic meaning of boy,...
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“хорош” и “хватит”

Очень часто в последнее время встречаю слово "хорош" как синоним на "хватит". Употребляют его даже в книгах, действие которых развивается в прошлом. Но мне кажется, что в старых книгах я никогда не ...
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How is погода (weather) a count noun?

Wiktionary says that the word погода (weather) has a plural form: погоды. I see in Google that although the word is usually used in the singular form, the plural form is used either. For example, ...
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Can переспать be used to mean “oversleep”?

If someone comes late to work and gives the excuse "Я переспал", will people understand this to mean that he overslept, or would it have a different connotation?
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How does the expression “мало ли” mean what it does?

Don't just swallow anything they throw at you! Мало ли какие слухи про нее ходят... I assume the sentence means: You never know / Who knows what kind of (unreliable) gossip may be circling around ...
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What's the function of the word “ли” in the following contexts?

What's the function of the word "ли" in the following contexts? I came across of this word in many sentences in a conversation book, and I really don't understand it and where I have to put ...
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What's the difference between “ходить” and “идти”?

As far as I understand they both mean "go", but I'd like to know when I should use each. Are these words interchangeable?
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Express “relatives” in Russian

What is the best way to express "relative(s)" in Russian? For example... 1) You're my favorite relative. 2) How many relatives do you have? I've come across some candidates (e.g., родные, родня, ...
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Is “слишком” redundant in “не слишком … много …”? If not, what is its function?

Не слишком у меня много памятных вещей из детства. It seems to me that "не слишком" and "не ... много" both mean more or less the same thing. Which makes me wonder what is the function of this ...
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Meaning of штатный and внештатный?

Штатный appears in contexts referencing "staff" and "standard" (dissimilar words in English). What is the best way to grasp the meaning of word штатный? Is it only used in specific technical set ...
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what do people mean by saying сложно переоценить это?

It is not quite clear what people mean by saying сложно переоценить. Can anyone explain? The literal translation would be hard to overestimate, which doesn't make sense.
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Difference between “мать” and “мама”?

What's the difference between these two? Is мама considered "childish"?
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What does mean “математик в законе”?

I encountered a description of a person as "математик в законе". Does it mean he is a criminal?
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Nuances between “распугивать” and “отпугивать”

Вы мне клиентов распугиваете. Вы мне клиентов отпугиваете. Am I correct in assuming that the prefix "от-" simply conveys the idea of someone moving away from a place, whereas the suffix &...
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What is the origin of “бо”

I'm curious about the word/ending "бо". For example in the word, ибо, which is basically и + бо with бо meaning потому что, так как итд, а ещё слово "либо" имеет это окончание, но что оно значит? This ...
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What is the difference between “дерзкий,” “наглый,” and “нахальный”?

Wiktionary gives the following definitions of дерзкий, наглый, and нахальный: дерзкий: brazen, impudent, impertinent, insolent, cheeky, pert bold, daring, audacious наглый: impudent, impertinent, ...
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How should I understand the word “повем” in the line “кому повем печаль мою”?

This is a quotation from Chekhov's story "Тоска"(See https://ru.wikisource.org/wiki/%D0%A2%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B0_(%D0%A7%D0%B5%D1%85%D0%BE%D0%B2)#cite_note-1). I have googled but couldn't find ...
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The Meaning of “Ещё”

At first, I wash taught that ещё means "yet". However, as I get deeper in grammar, I am seeing that sometimes it means " more" or even "else"! What is the actual meaning, and how can I differentiate ...
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How do “буран со снегом”, “метель”, “вьюга”, “пурга” differ in their meaning?

"Буран со снегом", "метель", "вьюга", "пурга" - What's the difference here?
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поде́лать vs сделать, both mean to make/to do and are perfective

Beginner here. I'm trying to figure out the difference between поде́лать and сделать. According to the above wiktionary links, they both mean to make / to do and are both perfective verbs. Are they ...
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What is the meaning of “Светло мне”?

I'm trying to learn russian, I would like to know what "светло мне" means. The complete phrase is: "Даже тёмной ночью светло мне".
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Why was the Russian letter X called “хѣръ”?

The official name of the letter X in the old Russian alphabet was хѣръ, which is how modern Russians call a dick. The names of most other letters of the old Russian alphabet are understandable: азъ (...
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Оплата, уплата, платеж, платежка - в чем разница?

Какая разница между словами: "оплата", "уплата", "платеж" и "платежка"? Спасибо!
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Difference between угрожать и грозить

The dictionary defines both угрожа́ть and грози́ть as “threaten.” Are they interchangeable in every case?
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Не по глазам - что это значит?

Здравствуйте. Никогда не встречал такого выражения, по контексту вроде бы со значением "сразу не увидел" или "прозевал" (например, просматривая список). Есть ли примеры использования этого выражения в ...
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What is the meaning of “то, что он пишет”?

I am confused by the phrases like "то, что он пишет" and by the construction "то, что" in general. For example, let us consider this sentence: (1) То, что он пишет, и так ясно. ...
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Difference between рассориться, перессориться, рассориваться, and перессорриваться

I've got these two questions in my homework at my university in Japan, where I learn Russian: Мне ни к чему с ним окончательно (...). Как можно со всем коллективом из-за такого пустяка (...)? ...
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Nuances between “что это за серьги” and “что там с этими серьгами”

Care to explain what's the deal with these earrings, why such a fuss? I wanted to express this idea in Russian. How are these two expressions nuanced here? I wonder if "что там с ..." ...
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Difference between возле, около and близ?

What's the difference between возле, около and близ? They all translate to near, but I suppose there's a proper context for each of these.
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Больше vs. более

Sometimes I am not sure and a little confused when to use больше and when to use более, can somebody explain it to me? For example which sentence is grammatically right?: Надо больше пить. or Надо ...
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Difference between 'желание' и 'охота'

Can желание and охота both be used as a synonym for the word 'desire' or do they differ slightly? If I'm not mistaken, sometimes охота appears to mean more like 'inclination.'
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“Разный” vs “различный”

What is the difference between the adjectives "разный" and "различный". Are they used in different situations?
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How to parse the expression “И речи быть не может”?

И речи быть не может. I understand that this phrase as a whole means "it's out of the question", but its sentence construction has me puzzled. Q1. Does this separated phrase "быть ... ...
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Meaning of поназакачивать

A friend on Skype sent me the following message and I don't understand one word of it, nor can I find any of the words in my dictionary: я поназакачивал в инете
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How can I say in Russian “to see each other” and “to be exclusive to each other,” in the context of dating?

I cannot find the Russian phrases for these two stages of dating and am humbly asking for your help. I know that Russians say Маша встречается с Ваней (which literally means Masha regularly meets ...
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Making sense of “кому как”

I came across this sentence: Кому как, конечно, это дело вкуса, я так просто, для примера. Something about кому как just feels off or unnatural to me. Maybe its because I assume the literal ...
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Концепт VS концепция

В чем семантическая разница между словами «концепт» и «концепция»? Верно ли говорить «концепт добра и зла»? Различие между лево и право — это концепция? Любовь — это концепт?
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“последствие” vs “следствие”

Мне наплевать на последствия. vs: Мне наплевать на следствия. On the surface, they both seem to mean "consequence", the sense presumably originating from the word "след/track/footprint&...
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What's the difference between “артист” and “актёр”?

In English, the relationship between "artist" and "actor" is fairly straightforward: an artist is someone involved in some form of creative art, whereas an actor is involved in acting, which is one ...
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What does «наяву» mean?

Google translate doesn't do a good job of explaining it. Could someone please give common context in which it is used?
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Is there a positive Russian word for a whistleblower?

Let's suppose some students gather every evening in a student dormitory and make loud noise till late night by playing guitar, talking, singing, laughing, etc., and a female student from the same ...
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i'm confused with the meanin of the word “предмет”

предмет=вещь? предмет=урок? if i got it correct in some cases it means "thing", in some cases it means "lesson"?
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Что в этом контексте значит “детский тренер до пояса”?

Фрагмент статьи: Февраль 2015 года. Из витринок, щедро расставленных в тучные годы вдоль городских улиц, исчезла реклама коммерческая; мутные пустующие стекла перемежаются рекламой социальной: ...

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