Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 24

    • Join Date: Jan 2009
    • Posts: 3
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #11

    Re: Russian borrowings in English

    Schi is a cabbage soup.

  1. RonBee's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,570
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #12

    Re: Russian borrowings in English

    The word bistro is not considered foreign to most people. (Probably few are aware that it is from Russian.) Also, I know borscht from Borscht Belt (an area in New York*).

    Probably more than any other part of the country, New York** is a melting pot where words from various languages are absorbed and spread around.

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    *the state
    **the city

  2. SUDHKAMP's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Kannada
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 19,568
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #13

    Re: Russian borrowings in English

    Meesha(the olympic game symbol, is often used in India, to refer Russians)

  3. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 15,854
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #14

    Re: Russian borrowings in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    hello,

    recently is known : oligarch
    (but it's come from Greek )

    Cheers,
    Yes, it does come from Greek, but its use in an economic/political sense - with a frisson of organized crime - is a strictly Russian thing. This often happens with borrowings - they take on a special meaning in the receiving country that doesn't have much connection with the original.

    For example, "footing" in English means something like "basis/foundation" - especially used in the phrase 'firm footing' ('Any new business, however small, needs to have a firm footing.' It can also, more concretely, refer to a person's foundation: 'The current was so strong that - although the water barely came up to my knees - I lost my footing.' But when it was borrowed into French it adopted the totally new meaning of 'jogging'.

    So I'd say that adding 'oligarch' to the list is fine.

    b

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Lithuanian
      • Home Country:
      • Lithuania
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 24
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #15

    Re: Russian borrowings in English

    There is another one - "Na zdorovye!"
    WARNING!!!
    Irresponsible actions followed by this phrase will surely cause a terrible hangover next morning.

  4. Jimmy_Q's Avatar

    • Join Date: Feb 2009
    • Posts: 18
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #16

    Re: Russian borrowings in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Darijus View Post
    There is another one - "Na zdorovye!"
    WARNING!!!
    Irresponsible actions followed by this phrase will surely cause a terrible hangover next morning.
    LOL

    That looks almost the same as the Polish phrase: "Na zdrowie!" :D


    • Join Date: Feb 2009
    • Posts: 365
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #17

    Re: Russian borrowings in English

    1 Babushka - I know it means grandmother, but most people would not.
    4 Bistro - Means a type of restaurant.
    5 Bolshevik - Often abbreviated to bolshy, to describe a trouble maker.
    6 Duma - I know it is the Russian parliament, most wouldn't know.
    7 Glasnost - The Russian reforms, but has no specific meaning to me.
    8 Gulag - Yes, the infamous Russian prisons. Means a harsh prison.
    11 Kremlin - The center of Russian rule (not the duma). Most think of St Basils? church with the ice cream cone towers.
    14 Perestroika - something like glasnost?
    15 Ruble (Rouble) - Russian money.
    16 Samovar - A type of old fashioned tea urn. Only find it in crossword puzzles.
    18 Soyuz - Russian version of the Apollo program.
    19 Sputnik - A Russian satellite
    20 Stalinism - A form of totalitarian rule where you kill everyone that disagrees.


    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 1,571
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #18

    Re: Russian borrowings in English

    Molotov cocktail - a bottle with petrol used as a grenade.

  5. SUDHKAMP's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Kannada
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 19,568
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #19

    Re: Russian borrowings in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Molotov cocktail - a bottle with petrol used as a grenade.
    Now a days it is called a Petrol bomb.

  6. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 15,854
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #20

    Re: Russian borrowings in English

    Does "bistro" mean "quickly" in Russian, and is the first syllable stressed (making English borrowers 'mispronouce' the "o")?

    b

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] don't sign nothing
    By Unregistered in forum Frequently Asked Questions
    Replies: 84
    Last Post: 04-Jun-2010, 02:25
  2. How does an English club in your area work?
    By sympathy in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 21-Nov-2008, 15:19
  3. Russian English books
    By KimRailla in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Nov-2007, 08:30

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •