Russian phrases

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зубна́я щётка [zub-ná-ya schyót-ka] Phrase
toothbrush
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поса́дочный тало́н [pa-sá-dach-nyî ta-lón] Phrase
boarding pass
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часово́й по́яс [cha-sa-vóî pó-yas] Phrase
time zone
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ввести́ в обихо́д [vvees-tée v a-bee-hót] Phrase
to implement, to bring into use, to introduce
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чи́стой воды́ [chées-taî va-dý] Phrase
(figurative) pure, clear, absolute
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жи́ли-бы́ли [zhée-lee-bý-lee] Phrase
once upon a time (lit.: they lived - they were)
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за уша́ми треща́ть [za u-sha-mee tree-schát'] Phrase
used to desribe somebody eating greedily (lit. - to crack behind the ears)
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сбить с то́лку [sbeet' s tól-ku] Phrase
to confuse, to bewilder, to obfuscate, to mislead, to baffle, to muddle, to wrack one’s brains
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Ба́ба Яга́ [bá-ba ya-gá] Phrase , feminine
Baba Yaga (Russian fairy tales character)
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зубна́я па́ста [zub-ná-ya pás-ta] Phrase
toothpaste
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в ку́рсе [v kúr-sye] Phrase
in the know, familiar with, (to be) posted, (to be) aware
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во что бы то ни ста́ло [va chto by ta nee stá-la] Phrase
at all cost, at any price, at all hazards
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выноси́ть му́сор / вы́нести му́сор [vy-na-séet' mú-sar / vý-nees-tee mú-sar] Phrase
to take the garbage out
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отню́дь не [at-nyút' nye] Phrase
by no means, not at all
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е́здить верхо́м [yez-déet' veer-hóm] Phrase
to ride, to be carried on somebody's back
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до́брый ве́чер [dób-ryî vyé-chyer] Phrase
good evening
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стира́льная маши́на [stee-rál'-na-ya ma-shée-na] Phrase , feminine
washing machine
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ума́ не приложу́ [u-má nye pree-la-zhú] Phrase
I have no idea
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как раз [kak ras] Phrase
just right, exactly
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всё равно́ [fsyo rav-nó] Phrase
it's all the same, it doesn't matter, (I) don't care; anyway, still, in any case
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то и де́ло [to ee dyé-la] Phrase
every now and then, time and again, every so often
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бо́жий одува́нчик [bó-zheeî a-du-ván-cheek] Phrase
(lit. - God's dandelion) about an old, quiet and harmless person (mostly women)
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се́верное сия́ние [syé-veer-na-ye see-yá-nee-ye] Phrase , neuter
northern lights, Aurora Borealis
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медо́вый ме́сяц [mee-dó-vyî myé-syats] Phrase
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желе́зная доро́га [zhee-lyéz-na-ya da-ró-ga] Phrase , feminine
railway
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терпе́ть не мочь [teer-pyét' nye moch'] Phrase
can't stand, to hate, to dislike strongly
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хоро́шего дня! [ha-ró-shee-va dnya] Phrase
Have a good day!
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зал ожида́ния [zal a-zhee-dá-nee-ya] Phrase
waiting room/space
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за свой счёт [za svoî schyot] Phrase
at one's own expense, out of one's own pocket
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ско́рая по́мощь [skó-ra-ya pó-masch'] Phrase , feminine , often shortened to "ско́рая"
ambulance

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