False friends in Russian

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лист [leest] Noun, masculine

sheet; leaf

  • О́сенью с дере́вьев опада́ют листья.

    ó-seen'-yu s dee-ryév'-yef a-pa-dá-yut léest'-ya

    In autumn, leaves fall from the trees.

  • Я поре́залась листо́м бума́ги.

    ya pa-ryé-za-las' lees-tóm bu-má-gee

    I cut myself with a piece of paper.

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фами́лия [fa-mée-lee-ya] Noun, feminine

surname, family name

  • Мне ну́жны бу́дут ва́ши и́мя, фами́лия и но́мер па́спорта.

    mnye nuzh-ný bú-dut vá-shee ée-mya, fa-mée-lee-ya ee nó-myer pás-por-ta

    I will need your name, surname and passport number.

  • Скажи́те мне свою́ фами́лию по бу́квам, пожа́луйста.

    ska-zhée-tye mnye sva-yú fa-mée-lee-yu pa búk-vam, pa-zhá-lus-ta

    Can you spell your surname for me, please? (Tell me your surname letter by letter please.)

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