Category: "Professions"

Студент, студентка

February 29th, 2012 — posted by Don
The Russian words студент and студентка are false cognates... sort of. A false cognate is a word in one language that sounds similar to a word in another language but does not share the same meaning. For instance, the English word ‘embarrassed’ is a… more »

Врач

August 29th, 2011 — posted by Don
The generic Russian word for doctor is врач. It is an end-stressed, first declension noun: SgPl Nomврачврачи Accврачаврачей Gen Preврачеврачах Datврачуврачам Insврачомврачами Russia has some great doctors. Although they often do not have access… more »

Стюардесса

September 21st, 2010 — posted by Bella
Whenever you go on a plane, the person who makes it a safe and pleasant flight is the flight attendant. In Russian you would call her стюардесса. The literal translation is stewardess,but that hasn't been politically correct in the U.S. since the late… more »

Мастер

July 28th, 2010 — posted by Don
On Saturday I was sitting just outside the men's section of the place where I get my hair cut here in Kazan, when a guy walked up and asked «Сколько там мастеров?» A second-year student of Russian would probably have translated the sentence "How many… more »

Ботаник

February 17th, 2010 — posted by Don
The word ботаник means botanist. It declines perfectly regularly, assuming of course you know the seven-letter spelling rule: SgPl Nomботаникботаники Accботаникаботаников Gen Preботаникеботаниках Datботаникуботаникам Insботаникомботаниками A… more »