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Comment from: olimo [Visitor]
There is a curious thing. One of the ways to say, for example, "There is nobody in the room" in Russian is "В комнате ни души". "No soul" instead of "no body" :-)

Don responds: Indeed. In these contexts душа merely means ‘person.’
09/18/13 @ 17:05
Comment from: Roberta [Visitor] Email
Surely "душа" in Russian has much more resonance culturally than "soul" does in English. I want a dissertation on "the Russian душа", please.

Don responds: Alas, time does not permit me to write a dissertation on душа this semester... nor probably next. However I welcome guest writers on occasion, so if anyone would like to do a little writing...
09/18/13 @ 17:41
Comment from: Richard [Visitor]
Another very interesting post. Thanks!

In English we say "a cat has nine lives". Would the Russians say "у котá есть дéвять душ?

Don responds: Richard, alas, no, not as far as I know. I've been told that «живуч как кошка» is a near equivalent, but so far I don't think I believe it.
09/19/13 @ 12:55
Comment from: Brittany [Visitor]
Thank you so much for these posts! These posts are extremely helpful and I love the multiple examples to show how the word can be used in a variety of different ways. I do have a quick question, in the last example (эта книга была мне не по душе) why is по used? Thanks!

Don responds: «По» has a thousand uses, and one of them is a kind of measuring meaning. Thus «Машина мне не по карману» means “The car is too expensive for me” (~The car is not according to my pocket) or «Сухое вино мне не по вкусу» mean “I don't care for dry wine” (~White wine is not according to my taste). If you want a bit of amusement, look up the phrase «не по зубам».
09/21/13 @ 14:57
Comment from: MMM [Visitor] Email

Richard
In English we say "a cat has nine lives". Would the Russians say "у котá есть дéвять душ?
No, cats have nine lives in Russian too. "У кошек девять жизней".
02/06/14 @ 10:16

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