Taiko's Guide to Russian Language


Written on Friday, November 13, 2009 by KayChink


The first post of the year!! Well, since next year will be my last year in Russia, why not I teach you on how to speak in Russian? Like any other languages, there are grammatical rules, declensions, cases and all the crap. It took me 4 years to actually understand the flow of this language but still couldn't express it very well. However, I've discovered the hidden technique on how to master this language. Chingus, I present to you.. Taiko's Guide to Russian Language. Let it be smiles in your face for this festive year!! XD

You will not learn the language if you don't know cultural things like swear words and bad phrases, slang after all. This is why I decided to give you an opportunity to see how you can use these words in a real situation. Russian is a language that sounds edgy and expressive to non-Russian speakers. It's not surprising to learn that the swear words in Russian sound pretty fierce as well.

Thus, to enhance your knowledge in Russian Language, I've provided you with the instructions on how to swear in Russian. Just follow these easy 1-2-3 steps and you'll end up singing in Russian in the shower!

STEP 1. Learn swear words from Russian friends. Your friends can be a great source of information and swear words, and can also provide you with the proper pronunciation of the words and phrases as well as the meanings.

i) Blyad
literally, “whore.” This word is usually encountered in its contracted form “blya,” a particle used mainly for emphasis, adding a touch of lurid color at the end of absolutely any phrase. “Ty chyo, blya?” (What the fuck are you doing/saying?) could be an act of friendly raillery or the verbal prelude to a headbutt.
The B-word is also a common cri-de-coeur (An impassioned outcry, appeal, protest or entreaty) : you stub your toe — “Blya!” Some people are so addicted that they use the word to season even the most banal utterance. Eg. “A on, blya, mne skazal, blya, chto ya, blya...” This is the meat in the dumpling of Russian mat — it’s impossible to imagine a conversation with a taxi driver without it.

ii) Khui
literally, “cock.” The first thing after “hello” that people learn how to say in a foreign language is “fuck off,” and some manage to get by thereafter on these two phrases alone. “Idi na khui!” is the Russian equivalent, literally meaning “Go to the penis!” Yes, I know it sounds silly in translation. But what makes the system of Russian mat so interesting are the derivatives.
“Okhuyet” is to be extremely surprised, like when you see your friend Abs puking in the gutter. He would then report to be feeling “khuyovo.” Also worth remembering are “Ni khuya sebe!” — “No fucking way!” and the derivative “khuinya” — bollocks, bullshit.

iii) Pizda
literally, “cunt.” If you’re tired of sending people to the penis, you can send them “v pizdu” for the sake of variety. Derivatives abound from this particularly crude item: your new mobile you might describe as “pizdaty,” or if you doubt the truth of a statement, you could say “Chyo ty pizdish?” — “Why are you talking through your...?” Well, you know what. Perhaps the most useful incarnation of this word is “pizdets,” meaning a “total fuck up.” The phrase “Eto prosto pizdets!” expresses the sublime degree of misery, a predicament where things can get no worse.

iv) Mudak
literally, “testicle.” This word is never used in its original meaning, but has come into common currency to mean an “asshole” or “dickhead,” i.e. a man you find disagreeable. This word is at the softcore end of the mat spectrum, but a phrase like “on polny mudak,” is still a dire condemnation of anyone it is used to denote. When a shapka-wearing Volga driver cuts you off on the Garden Ring, “mudak!” is what you shout out of your window at him. A younger “mudak” could be tenderly referred to as a “mudachok,” while an adult male could also be termed a “mudilo” — a particularly unpleasant subspecies of the “mudak.”

v) Yebat
literally, “to fuck.” This verb has all the primary meanings you’d expect it to have, with a couple of juicy extras unknown to English. “Zaebat” means to exhaust, to make sick of. “On menya zaebal!” means “I’m sick to fucking death of him.” For the virtuoso mat-user, “vyebyvatsya” means to show off in some crass or reprehensible way. To fuck someone up is “otyebat,” and the reflexive form “otyebis!” means “get the fuck away from me!” Also, “zayebis!” is a nice mat variant of “khorosho” or “kruto.” For example, “Vsyo zayebis!” — “Everything’s fucking great!”

vi) Suka
literally, "bitch". Ironically in Malay, it is used as an expression of liking someone.
"Sukin sin!" means "son of a bitch" "Na kaleini, suka!!" "On your knees, bitch!!"

STEP 2. Record your Russian friends so you can listen to them over and over until you can emulate their intonations and pronunciations.

STEP 3. Go to the library and check out books that have swear words in Russian and different languages OR you can search it online. One such book is the International Dictionary of Obscenities that has almost 14 pages of Russian swear words as well as a pronunciation guide.

*It costs only 9.95USD. Worldwide shipping via DHL 25USD and 5% commission = 37USD!! Combined shipping is available.

The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months
Hope this year will bring joy and happiness to all of you! Chiaoz Chingus!!