Speak like Russian

Speak like Russian with these words and phrases from our series “Russian Word of the Day“. Every word comes with an audio and two examples.

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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
кача́ть права́ [ka-chát' pra-vá] Phrase
(slang) persistently demand something referring to one's rights
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
да́чник [dách-neek] Noun , masculine , feminine - "да́чница"
an urban resident living in the summer at the dacha
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!
да́ча [dá-cha] Noun , feminine
dacha, summer house, cottage
Неуже́ли [nee-u-zhé-lee] Particle
is it really? (a question, expresses doubt, distrust, surprise)
ну и ну [nu ee nu] Phrase
(expresses surprise, possibly disapproval)
на са́мом де́ле [na sá-mam dyé-lye] Phrase
as a matter of fact, in fact, actually, in reality