Russian phrases

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в ку́рсе [v kúr-sye] Phrase
in the know, familiar with, (to be) posted, (to be) aware
во что бы то ни ста́ло [va chto by ta nee stá-la] Phrase
at all cost, at any price, at all hazards
выноси́ть му́сор / вы́нести му́сор [vy-na-séet' mú-sar / vý-nees-tee mú-sar] Phrase
to take the garbage out
отню́дь не [at-nyút' nye] Phrase
by no means, not at all
е́здить верхо́м [yez-déet' veer-hóm] Phrase
to ride, to be carried on somebody's back
до́брый ве́чер [dób-ryî vyé-chyer] Phrase
good evening
стира́льная маши́на [stee-rál'-na-ya ma-shée-na] Phrase , feminine
washing machine
ума́ не приложу́ [u-má nye pree-la-zhú] Phrase
I have no idea
как раз [kak ras] Phrase
just right, exactly
всё равно́ [fsyo rav-nó] Phrase
it's all the same, it doesn't matter, (I) don't care; anyway, still, in any case
то и де́ло [to ee dyé-la] Phrase
every now and then, time and again, every so often
бо́жий одува́нчик [bó-zheeî a-du-ván-cheek] Phrase
(lit. - God's dandelion) about an old, quiet and harmless person (mostly women)
се́верное сия́ние [syé-veer-na-ye see-yá-nee-ye] Phrase , neuter
northern lights, Aurora Borealis
медо́вый ме́сяц [mee-dó-vyî myé-syats] Phrase
желе́зная доро́га [zhee-lyéz-na-ya da-ró-ga] Phrase , feminine
терпе́ть не мочь [teer-pyét' nye moch'] Phrase
can't stand, to hate, to dislike strongly
хоро́шего дня! [ha-ró-shee-va dnya] Phrase
Have a good day!
зал ожида́ния [zal a-zhee-dá-nee-ya] Phrase
waiting room/space
за свой счёт [za svoî schyot] Phrase
at one's own expense, out of one's own pocket
ско́рая по́мощь [skó-ra-ya pó-masch'] Phrase , feminine , often shortened to "ско́рая"
ambulance
до свида́ния [da svee-dá-nee-ya] Phrase
goodbye
чи́стить зу́бы / почи́стить зу́бы [chées-teet' zú-by / pa-chées-teet' zú-by] Phrase
to brush one's teeth
добро́ пожа́ловать [dab-ró pa-zhá-la-vat'] Phrase
welcome
так уж и быть [tak uzh ee byt'] Phrase
(reluctant) fine, ok, all right
ложи́ться спать / лечь спать [la-zhée-tsa spat' / lyech' spat'] Phrase
to go to bed
отку́да ни возьми́сь [at-kú-da nee vaz-mées'] Phrase
out of the blue, out of nowhere, out of thin air
под ключ [pat klyuch] Phrase
turnkey, fully ready/constructed
му́сорное ведро́ [mú-sar-na-ye veed-ró] Phrase , neuter
с но́вым го́дом! [s nó-vym gó-dam] Phrase
Happy New Year! (lit. - With New Year!)
с наступа́ющим! [s nas-tu-pá-yu-scheem] Phrase , used before the New Year comes
Happy upcoming New Year! (lit. - with upcoming!)

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