It's really appreciated, something about hearing what someone else learns first, or what is common helps ... because if you just go to a site you get a ton of generic sayings, you never hear anyone say and you don't even know if they are necessarily correct, or Ukranian or something else (I bought her Russian xmas cards that actually turn out we think to be Ukranian.)
Again always appreciated it!
probably the most embarrassing question I get asked - and everyone asks - is, "How's your Russian?" Obviously, since I'm embarrassed, I wish I knew a lot more! I've been going to Russia for 20 years and since it's my work, I've always had an interpeter. You know the saying, when you have a crutch, you use it.
Along with "spasiba" you will also want to know "pa zhal' sta" (one word, just dividing it) - which can be both "please" and "you're welcome". Or as some of my Texas friends say it in their accent (being funny) - pazhalusta, baby!
"Shutka" = joke - so if your gf takes something the wrong way - just tell her it was a shutka (say like - "shoot-ka"
Kruta = cool Used a lot by young people if they like an electronic item, watch, etc (say like kroota)
I will hack the spelling of this but "Ahsta Rozhna!" - Be careful! When exiting the metro in Moscow, you hear this at every stop.
I'll throw a few at you every week or two so you can let your gf know you are at least trying!
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