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Let’s Go in Russian: Poshli

August 17th, 2009

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Strangely, ‘poshli’ (which means ‘let’s go’ or ‘let’s head out’ in Russian) is actually the past tense of the verb meaning “To head off on foot.” In other words, ‘poshli’ literally means, “We (or they) headed off on foot.” How can a word which is in the past tense indicate the desire to head off somewhere now?

Literal translations are often strange, until you fill in what must be the missing words. Here, for example, the missing words must be something like: “I want us to do what must be done so that we will have ‘headed off on foot.’”

We do this all the time, after all, in English. For example, when you are talking about eating and say, “I feel like a hamburger,” (which could easily be taken as a strange thing to say), we understand that the missing word is, “having”, as in, “I feel like HAVING a hamburger.”

Still, it’s important to translate things as literally as possible. Yes, it’s good to know that ‘poshli’ is the *equivalent* of the English phrase, “Let’s go!” but it’s also vital to know that, super-literally, it means, “We/They headed off on foot.” Otherwise, future phrases with the word ‘poshli’ won’t make much sense if understood only as ‘Let’s go.’ (Did they poshli, or go in a car?)

So, on your flashcards, try writing the super-literal meaning as well. It’s a bit more work, but very beneficial in the long run.

Good luck!

How to say Juice in Russian

August 2nd, 2009
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When you finish this lesson, you’ll be well on your way to quenching any thirst that may sneak up on you. In the power phrases course we cover the Russian words for coffee, juice, water, wine, beer, and a couple others. In this lesson I’ll show you a really simple way to remember the word for Juice. If you have been wanting to know how to say Juice in Russian, this one’s on me.

How to say Juice in Russian 1

How to say Juice in Russian 1


How to say Juice in Russian 2

How to say Juice in Russian 2

How to say Toilet in Russian

August 2nd, 2009
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When nature calls you’ll want to know how to call out… The word for Toilet in Russian is one that is well worth the time and energy you will spend to learn it… about 2 seconds..and one calorie… it’s similar to the English word, so you really shouldn’t have any trouble with this one at all. In this video I show you how to remember the Russian word for toilet. And if you’ve been following along, you just learned the Russian word for Where. After this lesson you will be able to ask Where’s the toilet? Have a look and enjoy!

How to say Toilet in Russian 1

How to say Toilet in Russian 1


Russian word for Toilet flash card 2

Russian word for Toilet flash card 2