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What does the phrase "Да нет" mean?

Does it mean yes, or does it mean no, or something else?
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What is the Russian translation of "excited about something"?

I find it very hard to translate "excited" to Russian. Dictionary says "взволнованный, возбуждённый" which doesn't fit in most cases. For example how would you translate the following sentences: ...
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How to address people in the street?

Suppose you want to ask someone for directions or to attract someone's attention. What is the appropriate way to address this person? Context: ..., подскажите, как выйти на улицу Чехова? or ......
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Equivalent adjective of 'thirsty' in Russian

When you're hungry, you say Я голоден. When you're thirsty you say Мне хочется пить. Is there an adjective in Russian that means thirsty? Perhaps derived from жажда (thirst)? Has there ever ...
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Is there a Russian equivalent of "red flag"?

In English, the term red flag is used as a metaphor to mean a sign suggestive of a possible danger or problem: (1) Boyfriend not showing you his home is a huge red flag. (Link) (2) I've just spent ...
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Is it odd to say "До свидания" to somebody if you are unlikely to ever meet them again?

I have a habit of saying 'До свидания' (Au revoir; until we meet again) when terminating a conversation. Would this seem strange if I'm not likely to actually meet that person again, such as a clerk, ...
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Certain words supposedly in Russian that I can't verify!

My late mother-in-law's story of her captivity in the Soviet Union as a German civilian forced laborer after WW2 contains a number of words which are apparently Russian, but for which I cannot find ...
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How to say "Kafkaesque" in Russian?

What is the best way to convey the meaning of the English word "Kafkaesque" in Russian as succinctly and correctly as possible? I'm interested in both noun and adjective versions. I understand "...
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A Russian word describing radio and television

I know there is a word in Russian that describes all the print media — пресса. Is there any word in Russian that would describe only radio and television?
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самец машинистки

Как называется мужчина, чья профессия - печатать на машинке?
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verb "email" in russian?

How to say "email" with a single word?
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Translation for "PhD"

I came across different translations of PhD. I'm always unsure how to use those. The title itself, as lingvo states, can be translated as доктор философии. I've sometimes heard доктор наук too, which ...
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Difference between российский and русский

I have not yet understood the difference (if any) between the terms российский and русский. I'd like to know whether one is a special case of the other and if the use of the former is old-fashioned. (...
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How to say "handwaving" in Russian? [closed]

If someone gives a derivation of a formula in math, physics, etc. without justifying the steps, you can say in English that the person is giving a "handwaving argument" or "this step is handwaving". ...
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How do you say "Geek"/"nerd" in Russian?

Is there a way to express "geek"/"nerd" idiom in Russian without a whole paragraph describing what or who a nerd/geek is? The only thing I can think of that would be culturally equivalent would be "...
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How should I translate "the fighting boar" in Grenfell's poem into Russian?

My Russian teacher, whom you know by his tough approach to teaching the language, strongly pushed me to try to translate English poems into Russian, and we agreed I'd have a look at Hymn to the Wild ...
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What is feminine form of "борец"?

I thought it was "борыня" but was corrected.
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Как называется удлинитель, снабжённый двумя или более розетками?

Как называется удлинитель, снабжённый двумя или более розетками?
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An idiom similar to 'сам чёрт ногу сломит'

Consider the following idiom: Тут сам чёрт ногу сломит. As I perceive it, it describes something very complex that one can hardly get through. It can be either something physical like a maze or ...
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Как называется боль в мышцах после тренировки?

Известно, что после тренировки, особенно после длительной паузы, мышцы несколько дней болят. Как называется это явление? Ребята, я с вами не выйду гулять. У меня ??? после тренировки.
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How do Russians translate "breaking news" caption on TV?

How do Russians translate "breaking news" caption on TV?
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Is there a single word to mean съедобный for drinks?

What съедобный is to food, __________ is to drinks. Of course, one can say которую можно пить, and there's the word питьевой, but both are not quite equivalent in meaning and usage to the ...
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Word for "Formal Address"

Question is about using вы instead of ты. I already know Serbian, so I know when you use one and when the other (Vi i Ti), what I'm interested in is, how is this form of address called in Russian? In ...
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What do I call somebody being a smart ass in Russian?

What do I call somebody being a smart ass in Russian? UPDATE Well, I would say smart asses are: arrogant, annoying, think they are witty and funny, but they are not, think everybody cares of what ...
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Are there Russian words for "close-minded" and "open-minded"?

I'm translating an English text into Russian and got stuck trying to find a Russian word for "close-minded." None came to my mind, so I looked in Reverso and I saw the following translation ...
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Why can't we say "I'll win" in Russian using only one word for "win"?

Why can't we say "I'll win" in Russian using only one word for "win"? Of course, we can use "одержу победу" (any other synonyms?). Maybe in the past it was possible and then for some reason the word ...
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Как назвать список предстоящих дел?

Есть ли в русском языке название для списка дел, которые предстоит выполнить, и, может быть, выполнить не в самое ближайшее время, списка отложенных дел? В английском языке, например, для этого можно ...
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What is the Russian word that sounds like "bleen"

What is the Russian word that sounds like "bleen" that is a mild swear word. Ben Rich (Bald and Bankrupt) suggest it translates to "bloody hell". It is said 6:48 in this video (caution has a man ...
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Как сказать "young blood" по-русски?

There is a slang English phrase "young blood" which can be used in place of "you". When a person speaks to someone who is significantly younger, and wants to indicate that something this younger ...
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What are the original Russian words for a prostitute?

Prostitution is referred to as the oldest profession, but the modern Russian word for a prostitute, "проститутка," is a relatively new borrowing, which started being used in the Russian language just ...
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Russian equivalents of the English idiom "So much for (a peaceful vacation)!"

First ..., and now this!? So much for a peaceful vacation! In English, you use the expression "so much for X" ironically and dejectedly when something didn't turn out the way you'd hoped. ...
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Эквивалент английского cheesy?

Вот одно из определений слова cheesy из Urban Dictionary: This is an important word and nobody has it right yet. What it means is: Trying too hard, unsubtle, and inauthentic. Specifically that ...
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Correct rendering of "I was honking at him" in Russian

How do Russians say "I was honking at him"? Here I have several options, but none of them sounds okay to me: Я бибикал ему. (sounds too childish and silly) Я сигналил ему. (can mean signaling only by ...
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How to say "a don'ter" in Russian?

There is a word "исполнитель" for "a doer" in Russian. We say "a don'ter" if the person moans about what he wants but never actually does anything to achieve it. Is an expression "не исполнитель" ...
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What are some good Russian equivalents for the word "badass?"

I recently stumbled upon the following over in the English Language & Usage StackExchange: What is a good synonym for “badass” that would be usable in a high school setting? Truth be told, I ...
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female “стрелец”?

Is there any Russian word to denote the subject? Стрелец in any of its meaning. But a female one, pls. Potential (correct but not witnessed) words are also welcome. If no single word is possible… more ...
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Russian equivalents of English idiom "what a ..."?

E.g. What a beautiful day! or What a jerk!. The phrase doesn't have in general any positive or negative connotation, but is just a general exclamation about the perceived (large) magnitude of ...
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Is there a preposition in Russian language like "of" in English?

I'm trying to get the parallel preposition for "of" in Russian language and I'm really confused a little bit. I want it to explain to a Russian how to use "of" in an English sentence, but I can't find ...
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Как называется та часть от стоимости, которая остаётся после скидки?

Сумма оплаты за товар/услугу, которая остаётся после предоставления скидки. Есть ли слово, которым можно выразить это значение?
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Что сделал мальчик с воздушным шариком?

Я тут составляю задачу для студентов. Она звучит примерно так: В ряд расположены N воздушных шариков разных цветов. Мальчик проходится по последовательности шариков и, как только видит два соседних ...
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Как сказать "Thank you for honoring us by coming" по-русски?

Context: We invited a celebrity a while ago and want to follow up by sending him an email showing our gratitude.
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How should I interpret the word наверное?

When I look up the word наверное I always see two definitions: Probably, most likely Certainly, for sure These two definitions mean completely different things to me but I don't know how to ...
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Words that usually would follow the verb "приняться"

Is there any way to refine the definition of the word "приняться"? The Большой толковый словарь Кузнецова gives the following definition: ПРИНЯТЬСЯ, примусь, примешься; принялся, -лась, -лось; ...
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Don't let it/her ruin your day

I was searching for the ways to use this expression in Russian. I couldn't find any Russian expression so I had to use Google translate. However, I don't know if these sound natural or if these are ...
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А как раньше говорили о температуре за окном? How did people talk about temperature before?

Было ли у русского народа понятие об этой величине или они просто обходились словами «тепло», «прохладно» и т. д.? Ведь «температура» — заморское слово. Интересно, есть ли у него исконно русский если ...
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How to translate "Responsive" into Russian?

Can you tell me please how can i translate Responsive into Russian? The context is web-design, and Responsive means that the website adapt itself depending on the device through which it is viewed (...
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How does товарищ sound nowadays? (social aspects)

Is it completely normal to call товарищ to one of my Russian friends? I like the word, but I don't now if its meaning is somehow more politically charged than friendly. Are there reasons to avoid ...
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Как подписать письмо?

Как подписать письмо, если я пишу родственникам (бабушке и дедушке)? У меня с ними не близкие отношения, поэтому я не уверена, как подписать. Единственное, что приходит в голову, - "Ваша Настя". Или ...
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Russian translation for "it made me feel good (bad)"

I cannot find a good way to translate such expressions as It made me feel good (bad). Russian verb заставить means to make somebody do something against their will, and doesn't really fit here. ...
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How to express the idea of "not exactly" humorously?

Хотя, полагаю, скромностью мы не отличаемся... In English, you can use the phrase "not exactly" to humorously express the idea of "far from" or "hardly", as in: "we are not exactly {= far from} known ...
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