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Topics related to finding a word or a phrase that fits a meaning. Describe the intended meaning, connotation, and/or context in as much detail as you can.

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Рассмешить to смеяться is like (what?) to улыбаться?

The Russian word for to make someone laugh is рассмешить. Is there a valid (related) word for to make someone smile? I sometimes see word улыбнуть, however I believe it's a colloquial expression. ...
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How do you say 15 minutes before 6

I know четверть часа means 15 minutes, I suppose it figures into the answer.
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What is feminine form of "борец"?

I thought it was "борыня" but was corrected.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 do Russians translate "breaking news" caption on TV?

How do Russians translate "breaking news" caption on TV?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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