College Yiddish: An Introduction to the Yiddish Language and by Uriel Weinreich PDF

By Uriel Weinreich

ISBN-10: 0914512269

ISBN-13: 9780914512264

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Unlike English nouns, every Russian noun has what’s called a grammatical gender: either masculine, feminine, or neuter. All nouns have gender, and not just humans or living beings. Knowing the grammatical gender of a noun is important, because gender determines how the noun changes for each of the six cases. In the following sections, we explain how to determine the gender of nouns in Russian and warn you about some tricky-looking nouns. Which one is it? How to tell the gender of a Russian noun Determining the gender of a Russian noun is simple and a lot of fun.

So “computers” in Russian is komp’yutyery (kahm-p’yu-teh-rih). The rules in Table 2-3 have a few important exceptions. Some consonants, namely zh, sh, sh’, g, k, and kh, are very touchy. They just don’t tolerate the letter y after them and prefer an i instead. Take, for example, the word kniga (knee-guh; book). According to Table 2-3, kniga should replace the final -a with -y to form its plural. But the touchy g doesn’t tolerate the -y ending. It takes an -i ending instead. So the plural of kniga is knigi (knee-gee; books).

Govoritye, pozhalujsta, pomyedlyennyeye. ) ߜ Skazhitye, pozhalujsta, kak proiti do myetro? ) After somebody answers your polite request or does you a favor, you say spasibo (spuh-see-buh; thank you) or spasibo bol’shoye (spuh-see-buh bahl’shoy-ee; thank you very much). When you want to say “you’re welcome,” you simply use the word pozhalujsta by itself. Excusing yourself The most common way to say “excuse me” in Russian is izvinitye (eez-veenee-tee). To be even more polite, you can add the word pozhalujsta (pahzhahl-stuh; please), as in the following sentences: ߜ Izvinitye, pozhalujsta, mnye pora.

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