Russian phrases

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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!)
да ты что [da ty chto] Phrase
expression of surprise (~ are you serious? really?)
с рождество́м! [s razh-deest-vóm] Phrase , variation: счастли́вого рождества́!
Merry Christmas!
с днём рожде́ния [s dnyom razh-dyé-nee-ya] Phrase
де́тский сад [dyéts-keeî sat] Phrase , masculine
kindergarten
всё путём [fsyo pu-tyóm] Phrase
everything is ok / tip-top
до́брый день [dób-ryî dyen'] Phrase
good afternoon, good day, hello
дать сда́чи [dat' sdá-chee] Phrase
to hit / to strike back
тому́ наза́д [ta-mú na-zát] Phrase
ago
руко́й пода́ть [ru-kóî pa-dát'] Phrase
it's close, it's no distance, ~ it is a stone's throw
тяп-ляп [tyap-lyap] Phrase
anyhow, in a slipshod way, botched up
как ни крути́ [kak nee kru-tée] Phrase
anyway (lit. - no matter how you turn it)
игра́ть в снежки́ [eeg-rát' f sneesh-kée] Phrase
to have a snowball fight

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