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All questions about translation of words, phrases, idioms or collocations from English to Russian. Read the FAQ section about translations.

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Expressing uncertainty while making a statement (I think…)

What's an acceptable way to make a statement while at the same time expressing some uncertainty about that statement / giving an indication that's it's only your opinion? i.e. the Russian equivalent ...
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Participle clause x main clause agreement

This is again from the B2 exam that I am trying to prepare for. The question is: Всесторонне обсудив тему... А) работа была начата Б) было произведено начало работ В) можно начинать работу Г) работа ...
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Expressing the idea of a “holdout”

Is there a Russian word (not a long phrase) that describes a "holdout"? This word means someone who resists doing something themselves that most other people are in favor of, e.g., not leaving an area ...
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The origin of “на авось”

The Russian idiom сделать что-то на авось is very interesting indeed. I know that it may be similar to the English idiom on the off-chance, which means relying on the remote possibility (if you can ...
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What does “убежден в злом” mean?

I came upon this sentence in Dostoevsky's Записки из подполья: И я тем более убежден в злом, так сказать, подозрении, что если, например, взять антитез нормального человека, то есть человека ...
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Usage of “все” vs “ещё”?

So I just came across the following sentence: Прошло 2 года,а я все слушаю If I had to make a guess I'd translate this to something like: It's been two years and still i'm listening It appears ...
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Dimitry vs Dmitry, “не писала в письмах ъ”, text from around 1900

I am slightly confused by this sentence: Она много читала, не писала в письмах ъ, называла мужа не Дмитрием, а Димитрием, а он втайне считал ее недалекой, узкой, неизящной, боялся ее и не любил ...
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“Horseradish, why are you fucking?”

I'm trying to understand part of Путешествие шлюпа «Диана» из Кронштадта в Камчатку, совершенное в 1807, 1808 и 1809 годах. The author Golovnin names a Kamchadal song «Ай, вот тебе хрену, ай вот тебе ...
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What names of people (real or mythical) could a person compare oneself to in order to give the air of super-normal strength? [closed]

I was watching a show called In the Army now, and at 20:03, the journalist refers to himself as иван поддубный, which was translated as superman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js955f5zdXU. So my ...
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How to translate “Устранить замечания” to English? [closed]

I am going to "fix comments" or "eliminate notes" or "remove remarks"? I think that those phrases changes the meaning of "Устранить замечания".
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What is the difference between научиться and выучить?

What is the difference between научиться and выучить? I understand that they both mean "to learn" but are they used in different contexts?
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“blunder/work/inch/push/sneak my way into/across/through/out of” – in Russian

1) I've somehow managed to blunder my way into a management position. = Я как-то умудрился (???) ... In English, we often use the structure "verb of motion + one's way + preposition" such as: ...
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In Russian, how do you say “only to”?

1) I don't want to put in overtime day in and day out to get ahead in life, only to pop my clogs at 50 at the height of my career. In English, the structure "only to" comes in handy to express the ...
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How do Russian speakers say “like a stump”?

Looking back on a time when we ran into what briefly seemed like a bear in the woods, I wanted to say something in Russian to the effect of our finding ourselves fear-struck and helplessly "riveted to ...
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How to say 'the novelty has worn off' in Russian?

What would be the translation of this idiom? I can't seem to find it anywhere online and I'm not too sure if новизна прошла would be an accurate translation.
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In Russian, how do you say “Where do you get off telling me what to do?!”

I've just learnt on another post that starting a sentence with «с чего» serves to set an unfriendly and rhetorical tone. So I was wondering if I could say something like: И с чего ты взяла, что ...
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In Russian, how do you say “air quotes”?

I was having a conversation with my friend who has been toying with the idea of living in Tokyo, and I said: It's all very well going all starry-eyed about life in Tokyo, but you'll land back on ...
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“Бы” as colloquial conditional

I've seen the following expressions: Пошёл бы ты работать! Получить бы работу в этой компании! My textbook translates them as "You should get a job!" and "It would be nice to get a job with ...
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Translation of “to hawk up a loogie”

This is an informal phrase. I can find both "hawk" and "loogie" in my English dictionary, but neither one is in my Russian-English dictionary. I found the verb "плюнуть", but I'm guessing that means ...
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What is the difference between “низкий” and “нижний”?

The French and English dictionaries I have consulted translate "низкий" and "нижний" in ways that I find operationally indistinguishable. Are these adjectives synonyms or is there a clear, ...
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“Ещё” в смысле “уже” [closed]

What is an English equivalent of the phrase Ещё Аристотель отмечал, что... , т.е. ещё в смысле уже? One might say Already Aristotle observed that..., but its meaning seems to be slightly different (?)....
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Как сленговое “шестерка” переводится на английский? [closed]

Как сленговое "шестерка" переводится на английский?
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Brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Russian

After consulting a couple of dictionaries (that don't always agree with each other), I have found this list of translations: Brother-in-law: sister's husband: зять wife's brother: шурин husband's ...
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Double negation in Russian

Es gibt nichts, das ich mir nicht leisten könnte! = There's nothing I can't afford! I just noticed this original German sentence with a double negative construction is for some reason translated (by ...
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In Russian, how do you say “shall we say, graduated” euphemistically?

I’ve...shall we say, graduated from my life as a hacker. I want to say this in Russian, and I'm not sure how to idiomatically express the "shall we say, graduated" bit with euphemism. Rather than ...
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Tintin glossary

I am using some Tintin books to expand my understanding of casual speech. Tintin books are (in my opinion) a great way to supplement dull textbooks. However sometimes the language can be a bit too ...
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Russian equivalent of “You took your (own) sweet time (doing …)”

Ты не торопилась (+ infinitive ...)! There were a couple of occasions where I wanted to say this to my girlfriend who has a habit of spending hours on end doing shopping. This is the only phrasing I ...
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Recommended tool for transliterating image text to English

I've stumbled across an excellent future that is only labelled in Russian and am wondering whether there are good tools for taking Russian text — as an image — and transliterating it. (From context I ...
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Addressing professors over email

How does one start an email to a professor? I am curious about how it is done in Russia, but also how it should be done in Russian in the United States. Over here, especially in small classes (like my ...
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What is the closest equivalent to “Armchair <profession>”?

In English there’s the use of armchair as a modifier with a profession or occupation to ironically indicate that the person in question has mostly theoretical (and not necessarily expert) knowledge on ...
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Как правильнее транслитерировать/перевести имя Jian-Yang?

Как правильнее транслитерировать/перевести имя Jian-Yang ? (персонаж из "Silicon Valley")
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How to say reference in Russian?

I would like to find a translation of the word "reference" into Russian in the following sentence: "Please provide the names and contact information for three references" Here reference is a person ...
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best translation for несчастливая?

The first sentence of Anna Karenina follows: Все счастливые семьи похожи друг на друга, каждая несчастливая семья несчастлива по-своему. What would be a better translation for "несчастлива"? "...
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What does “Мужики с дрынами” means? [closed]

Last weekend a read a book where was a sentence: "Из леса вышли мужики с дрынами." What does "мужики с дрынами" means?
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Russian Samovar [closed]

I just bought a Russian samovar, and cannot read this type of Russian script... could you provide the modern Russian script? Thanks!
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Could a translation error lead to squares to not be considered as rectangles?

I'm reading a certain set of kindergarten/lower primary maths textbooks that is written by American authors for a non-American company. Whenever students are asked to identify the number of ...
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Did Putin literally say, “Those who serve us with poison will eventually swallow it and poison themselves”?

It's going around that Putin said: 'Those who serve us with poison will eventually swallow it and poison themselves'. see: Darude Putin: “Those who serve us with poison will eventually ...
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Перевод слова “takeaway”

Есть ли аналоги слова "Takeaway" в русском языке? Контекст такой: I've read a book. Here are my takeaways. Вопрос не в переводе фразы в целом, а в том, есть ли аналогичные слова или короткие фразы ...
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Helping understand translation of `вы бы ещё не так заплакали`

Beginner here, I have a sentence with it's translation, but need some help understanding why. На его месте вы бы ещё не так заплакали. So the translation is In his place, you would cry even ...
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What is the play-on-words regarding the word “табельный” in this context?

I was sent this meme by a friend, and although I can read and understand it in a literal sense, I am failing to understand what about the usage of these words is comical. I believe the text roughly ...
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How would you say it in Russian: “world's most okayest employee”

I stopped for a minute trying to come up with a translation what would preserve the nuances, could not find any decent one. Need help UPDATE: sorry for having to explain what's implied: the words at ...
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Can anyone tell me the names of these Russian objects? [closed]

https://ibb.co/mMSZG6 https://ibb.co/bKqApR https://ibb.co/iXUgw6 What are the names of these? I assumed they were КолобоK and собака to say of some.
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Meaning of Russian phrase “как ходит за кошкою кошка”

I'm trying to understand this section from a humorous song. ... бабушка Света Пьёт кофе с морошкой, Любуясь в окошко, Как ходит за кошкою кошка. Based on my limited knowledge of Russian, ...
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How were these expressed in the original Russian of Yevgeny Zamyatin's “We”? [closed]

Warning: Potential Spoilers of Yevgeny Zamyatin's We! My book club recently finished reading an English translation of Yevgeny Zamyatin's We, originally published in 1924 in Russian. We don't know ...
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Best translation for “Quality over quantity”

What is the best translation into Russian of the common English expression "Quality over quantity"? I have not found any answers on the internet. (Bear in mind that I'm a native Russian speaker.)
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What does “башо́к” mean?

I've heard "в бошке" during a singing class, one was referring to the head, or a part of it. What does it exactly mean?
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How to say “revision” (for exams) in Russian?

What is the best translation for "revision" or "review" (of material for exams) in Russian? Google Translate offers "пересмотр" but I thought it might be "повторение" -- I saw that word as a section ...
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Russian equivalent of the idiom “crown jewel”

I'm looking for a Russian idiom which would be the closest analog of "crown jewel" as in, for instance, "the crown jewel of my collection". I'm not satisfied with "главное украшение" since that's ...
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How to translate “whataboutery”

The term whataboutery means "Responding to criticism by accusing one's opponent of similar or worse faults" (wikipedia). The closest I found is the whole phrase В огороде бузина, а в Киеве — ...
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Declension of adjectives in conjunction with the verb “быть”

I want to express that I had a short night. Night is a feminine noun, so I would decline the adjective accordingly: Моя ночь была короткая. I know that short forms exist and can be applied, when ...