Category: "Jokes"

Привет, чао

May 15th, 2009 — posted by Don
In English we have some little rhyming phrases that people occasionally throw in conversations for cutesy effect. For instance, when saying goodbye, you might hear: “See you later, alligator.” “After while, crocodile.” Russian is not bereft of its… more »

Килограмм, кило

May 8th, 2009 — posted by Don
Not too surprisingly, the Russian word for kilogram is килограмм. Note the double м. The genitive plural is килограммов, but after numbers you often find a zero-ending form. That is, you will encounter both пять килограммов and пять килограмм in the… more »


April 28th, 2009 — posted by Don
The Russian word for coffee is кофе. It's an indeclinable noun, which means it never changes its ending for case or number. Despite the ending, it's a masculine noun, not a neuter one. In other words, one is supposed to say чёрный кофе, not чёрное… more »

Девственник, девственница

March 4th, 2009 — posted by Don
The Russian word for a male virgin is девственник, and a female virgin is девственница. The provenance of the word is obvious — дева means maid or maiden, one who is presumably devoid of sexual experience. True story: on my second trip to Russia I… more »

Анекдот, шутка

February 20th, 2009 — posted by Don
The words анекдот and шутка can both be translated into English as joke, but they don't mean the same thing. A joke that you say out loud that has a punchline is анекдот. When you replace the salt in the salt shaker with sugar, that's шутка. Russians… more »