Russian expressions

Russian expressions from our series “Russian Word of the Day“. Every expression comes with an audio and two examples.

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терпе́ть не мочь [teer-pyét' nye moch'] Phrase
can't stand, to hate, to dislike strongly
так уж и быть [tak uzh ee byt'] Phrase
(reluctant) fine, ok, all right
отку́да ни возьми́сь [at-kú-da nee vaz-mées'] Phrase
out of the blue, out of nowhere, out of thin air
да ты что [da ty chto] Phrase
expression of surprise (~ are you serious? really?)
всё путём [fsyo pu-tyóm] Phrase
everything is ok / tip-top
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)
на одно́м дыха́нии [na ad-nóm dy-há-nee-ee] Phrase
in one breath
почём зря [pa-chyóm zrya] Phrase
~ without rhyme or reason, for nothing
в упо́р [v u-pór] Phrase
face to face, right up to, point-blank
так получи́лось [tak pa-lu-chée-las'] Phrase
it happened this way, it so fell out
ска́жешь то́же [ská-zhesh tó-zhe] Phrase
~ you must be kidding! what are you talking about? not at all!
то́же мне [tó-zhe mnye] Phrase
~ that's not ... (expresses disapproval in relation to something or someone, lit. - also to me)
не ахти́ [nye ah-tée] Phrase
nothing special, so-so
чуть не [chut' nye] Phrase
nearly, almost
кишка́ тонка́ [keesh-ká tan-ká] Phrase
not enough strength, abilities, means (to do something)
так тебе́ и на́до [tak tee-byé ee ná-da] Phrase
you asked for it!, it serves you right!
так де́ло не пойдёт [tak dyé-la nye paî-dyót] Phrase
that won't do; this way we won't go far
отда́ть до́лжное [at-dát' dólzh-na-ye] Phrase
to give/render somebody his due, to pay tribute to
па́льчики обли́жешь [pal'-chee-kee ab-lée-zhesh] Phrase
you'll love it!, it's delicious!
про запа́с [pro za-pás] Phrase
in store / reserve, for future use
не пода́ть ви́ду [nye pa-dát' vée-du] Phrase
to hide one's state or emotions
по карма́ну [pa kar-má-nu] Phrase
affordable
па́дать ду́хом / упа́сть ду́хом [pá-dat' dú-ham / u-pást' dú-ham] Phrase
to despond, to lose courage / heart
так себе́ [tak see-byé] Phrase
so-so
из рук вон пло́хо [eez ruk von pló-ha] Phrase
quite wretched(ly), bad as bad could be
и и́же с ни́ми [ee ée-zhe s née-mee] Phrase
and of their ilk, and others like them
как попа́ло [kak pa-pá-la] Phrase
anyhow, at random, haphazard, any which way
так держа́ть [tak deer-zhát'] Phrase
Keep it up! Stick at it!
ну и ну [nu ee nu] Phrase
(expresses surprise, possibly disapproval)

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