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Russian slang, proverbs, idioms, and many other different words and expressions in Modern Conversational Russian Dictionary.

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)
норма́льно [nar-mál-na] Adverb
normally, properly; it's ok, normal
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
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
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!

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