all slavic languages

  1. B

    All Slavic languages: "guild"

    Could you tell me Slavic words for "guild" (the medieval association of craftsmen), and its etymology. I know that in English and other Germanic languages the origin is as "gold", I wondered whether it is the same in Slavic languages.
  2. W

    All Slavic languages: stará mama, stara mama, stara majka, etc.

    Babicka je ve Slovenstine stara mama? :D MOD EDIT: Split from THIS thread.
  3. Q

    All Slavic languages: Vočko / Szyslak

    Zdravo, A quick side question if I may. Is Momar Szyslak a Czech name? Hvala.
  4. I

    All Slavic languages: floor and ceiling

    Hello, how do you say floor and ceiling in your language? Czech: floor - podlaha ceiling - strop
  5. L

    Similarity between South Slavic languages

    I understand and know every of these languages and what I can see is that, in my opinion, Slovenian is far too more different from BCSM than Bulgarian (in vocabulary). I think that standard Bulgarian is much more understandable to BCSM speaker than Slovenian. Macedonian is very similar to BCSM...
  6. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: handyman for hire

    Hello, what do you call it in your langauge? The origin might be Russian. Thanks. Russian: муж на час Czech: hodinový manžel [hodina = hour manžel = husband]
  7. t.tellur

    All Slavic languages: collective nouns [groups of animals]

    In English, there are over 100 hundred collective nouns, see here. How is it Slavic languages? In Czech, there are few basic nouns stádo (krav, slepic, koní - of cows, of chickens, of horses) - used mostly for creatures that can't fly with few exceptions (stádo hus - a skein of geese) hejno...
  8. Q

    All slavic languages - Srbski/Srpski

    Kaj je pravilneje: srbski oz. srpski? Prosim za odgovor. Hvala lepa.
  9. Q

    All slavic languages - Srbsko slovenski slovar

    Zdravo. Ali kdo ve kakšnega srbsko-slovenskega slovara na spletu ? Hvala. (Did I get the case right?)
  10. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: addressing health workers

    Hello, I wonder how you address doctors of medicine and female nurses in your language. In the Czech Republic and Slovakia the German, old Austrian-Hungarian model is used, but I know Russians use something different, etc...Thanks. Czech: physicians: Pane doktore! (male) Paní doktorko...
  11. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: Nothing lasts forever.

    Czech Nic netrvá věčně.
  12. D

    All Slavic languages: Bar/pub [drinking/eating establishments]

    How do you say bar/pub in your language? From my experience the most common word in BCS is kafana but birtija is also common and mehana is also used but not often. It seems strange that the word kafana is used for a bar where alcohol is drunk since it stems from kafa (coffee). My theory is that...
  13. S

    All Slavic languages: креш

    In the Ukrainian song the crystal cup with silver "креш" is called. "... кришталева чаша, срібная креш..." It is a narrow silver zone on top of a cup. You have such word?
  14. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: neither fish nor fowl

    Hello what idiom do you use in your language? Here is some definition. Czech: ani ryba, ani rak [neither fish nor crayfish]
  15. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: венец творения

    Hello, the English phrase is the Lord of Creation, but I am interested if you use something like Russians, thanks. Russian венец творения [crown + creation] Czech pán tvorstva [lord + creation] PS: Do you have any other meaning except: the human being? Thanks,
  16. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: far far away

    Hello, here is a nice article about the two most common fairy tale phrases but I'd like to know what you say for a far far away country? Thanks Czech: za devaterými horami a devaterými řekami [devět 9, hora mountain řeka river] Russian: за тридевять земель
  17. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: compadre/comadre vs. padrino/madrina (SP/PT/CT)

    Hello, so far I got the feeling Slovak is the only Slavic language which makes difference between those two words which exist only in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan among Romance languages. I am not sure about Souther Slavic languages. compadre or comadre is not the same as padrino/madrina ...
  18. T

    All Slavic Languages: different "Happy Birthday" phrases

    Hello, I'm preparing a birthday gift and need some help from you! Could you please translate this sentences for me into Ukrainian, Slovenian, Macedonian, Croatian, Bulgarian? Ukrainian: My darling on this special day I wish you all the best! Happy Birthday! Slovenian: Happy Birthday My...
  19. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: bread and butter

    How do you call these types of food in your language?? Please, no literal translation if you know the food and use something unique.... Thanks. Czech: chleba s máslem [bread with butter] chleba se sádlem [bread with fat, lard?] chleba s marmeládou [bread with jam]
  20. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: Tomorrow we're going mushrooming.

    Hello, how do you say that sentence in your language? I am interested what preposition you use and if you can say if it is a common leisure-time activity in your region. Thanks. Czech: Zítra jdeme na houby. Slovak: Zajtra ideme na huby. Russian: Завтра идем за грибами.
  21. I

    All Slavic languages: Colloquial names of towns

    Hello, I'm interested if you use in your language some slang names for towns and cities in your country. They are usually shorter than original names. They are used mostly by people living in that town or nearby and they are not known all over the country. Some from Czech: Varnsdorf - Vanďák...
  22. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: I'll teach you to...

    I admit this is quite a difficult idiom, but will give it a try. I've found similar idioms only in Czech, Slovak and Slovenian. What idiom do you use in the phrase: I'll teach you a lesson. As you can see some langauegs use very interesting words... Czech: naučit někoho v kostele hvízdat...
  23. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: grade - grader

    Hello, do you have any short, informal, slang words for each grades and graders in school in your languages? I am not sure about the Czech, but will give it a try. 1st grade > prvňák (grade and pupils, too) 2nd > druhák 3rd > třeťák 4th > čtvrťák 5th > páťák 6th > šesťák 7th > sedmák 8th >...
  24. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: "the 13th chamber"

    třináctá komnata in Czech and trinásta komnata in Slovak mean literally the thirteenth chamber and its the symbol of a big secret. I've read a Czech article about that symbolisation and read it might exist in other languages, in fairy tales, too. I doubt it. Do you use "the 13th chamber" in...
  25. K

    All Slavic Languages: job interview

    I would like to know the word job interview in slavic languages a job interview is when you want a job and you have to meet with the employer to see whether you are the right person for the job. thanks in advance
  26. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: rats leaving a sinking ship

    Hello, do you use that English idiom, too. Czech: krysy opouštějí loď Slovak: potkany opúšťajú loď
  27. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: Не бойся!

    Hello, what other idioms do you use instead of a simple don't be afraid, using body parts? English say: He won't bite your head off... Czech: neutrhne ti hlavu [ utrhnout tear off, hlava head] Slovak: neohryzne ti nos [ohryznúť bite off, nos nose]
  28. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: leg - get lost

    Hello, in Slovak and Croatian you can say "to get legs" referred to things which suddenly get lost, probably have been stolen. I'd like to know if other Slavic languages use similar idioms as well or something different. Thanks. Slovak: dostať nohy [dostať to get, to receive, to obtain...]...
  29. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: сватовство

    Hello, since it is not known in Western countries, I think, I used the Russian expression. It is (it was) a ceremonial processes before wedding when the bridegroom went to the bride's parents to ask the hand of the girl....What do/did you call that ceremony? Thanks Russian сватовство Czech...
  30. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: goodbye - short form

    Hello, there is an interesting phenomenon in Czech and Slovak. Since saying goodbye is very similar in all Slavic languages I'd like to know if you use a short form of that greeting just like Czechs and Slovaks use it in spoken language. Czech: Na shledanou! >>> often they shorten it: Nashle...
  31. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: saying nothing - letter

    Hello, it's almost impossible to find the idioms which means something like he hasn't said anything using a letter or short word. In Czech and Slovak if someone hasn't even said a word you can say he hasn't even said a "bú" [what cows say, mooh in English] or "ň". Do you have similar idioms in...
  32. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: going to the ENT

    I hope this is not a very difficult question. I am interested in the abbreviation ENT in Slavic languages and if you use the abbreviation in common speech. English say I'm going to the ENT tomorrow. ENT = ear-nose-throat specialist Czech: ORL, Zítra jdu na ORL. [zítra tomorrow jdu I am going...
  33. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: multiple births

    I wonder what you call concrete types of multiple births in your language... Czech (plural) 2 - dvojčata (twins) 3 - trojčata (triplets) 4 - čtyřčata 5 - paterčata 6 - šesterčata 7 - sedmerčata 8 - osmerčata 9 - ? if such children/people exist
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    All Slavic languages: astronauts, cosmonauts & taikonauts

    Hello foreros, I'd like to know if in your language austronauts are sent by the NASA and cosmonautas are sent by the RKS. Which one of these two words is used in your language to speak about a person sent to the outer space by the European Agency or by the Chinese Government? Does anybody...
  35. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: declension of the Simpsons

    Well, it does not make much difference if it is the Simpsons, the Smiths, the Nowaks.....choose the name what you want.... How do you decline the names of families. Would you help me and write it down? Thanks. Czech: N. Novákovi G. u Novákových D. k Novákovým A. Novákovy L. o Novákových I. s...
  36. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: классный журнал

    Hello, since it does not exist in Western countries, (except Germany?) I dare to write a Russian title (may I?). Do you have this sort of book in your schools and what do you call it? Czech: třídní kniha Slovak: triedna kniha Russian: классный журнал Thanks.
  37. S

    Ukrainian and other Slavic languages: Ватуля/Sheep

    In Ukrainian: Ватуйка - young gоаt Ватуйник - herd of young sheeps, gоаts Ватуйча - kid Ватуля - Sheep, for the first time having kid Have such words?
  38. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: name of numbers, bus numbers

    Hello, I need a big favour. The names of numbers are a little bit difficult in Slavic language, I couldn't find a list on the net, first of all, maybe because they are seldom written, mostly pronounced. Would you please make a list of the name of numbers in all Slavic languages. Thank you so...
  39. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: no one cares

    Hello, this might be a difficult question. There's a Czech idiom "neštěkne po něm ani pes" (lit.: not even a dog gives a bark for him) and it means nobody cares about him any longer. A similar idiom exists in German, too: nach jemandem krähnt kein Hahn, they use the noun rooster. Do you have any...
  40. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: make a mountain out of a molehill

    Hello, do you know that idiom? What do you say in your language? Thanks. Czech: dělat z komára velblouda [to make a camel out of a mosquito]
  41. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: citizens of Prague

    Hello, I wonder what you call the citizens of the Czech capital. Formal or less formal words are welcome as well, if there exist, I doubt it. Czech: Pražan - Pražanka; spoken: Pražák - Pražačka Slovene: Pražan - Pražanka (the same!) Thanks
  42. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: Roma loanwords

    Hello, do you know about any Gypsy loanwords in your language? Thanks.
  43. S

    All Slavic languages: extreme cold

    In hounour of the fact that it is -41C (with the wind chill) today where I live, I would be interested to know whether there are any colourful phrases in the various Slavic languages to describe extreme cold. They have to be something you could say in public, so mildly off-colour is ok, but no...
  44. L

    All Slavic languages: Бил бил бил Бил (Bulgarian)

    How would people from the other slavic countries understand a phrase like this: "Бил бил бил Бил." (The phrase is in bulgarian rennarative mood, the last word is the english name Bill )
  45. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: ravages of time

    Hello, there is a German idiom der Zahn der Zeit [tooth of time], do you know that idiom in your language and how do you translate it? Thanks. Czech & Slovak: zub času [zub tooth + čas time ]
  46. K

    All Slavic languages: Role model

    I would like to know how to say Role model?
  47. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: inanimate nouns becoming animate

    Hello, the masculine declension makes difference for inanimate and animate nouns. But sometimes inanimate masc. nouns take animate declension endings. I know this works in Czech, I am not sure about Slovak, it also works in Polish and BSC. So, it is possible to say: Mam Mercedesa. (instead of...
  48. P

    Serbian (BCS) and other Slavic languages: "to" as a clitic in variable word order

    Hello everyone! My understanding of the Serbian clitic chain is that it usually comes after the first stressed word in a sentence in the following order: 1. BE.AUX (except 3sg pres) 2. PersPron.DAT 3. PersPron.ACC 4. /se/ (REFL) 5. /je/ (or /ju/) (BE.AUX.3sg pres) My question is can other...
  49. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: You shouldn't be too proud to do it

    Hello, there is an idiom of German origin in Slovak and Polish, Czechs do not know that, which goes: "koruna ti z hlavy nespadne", "korona ci z głowy nie spadnie" [the crown won't fall off your head] which means it wouldn't hurt you (...if you do something unpleasant, etc.). Do you know that...
  50. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: nursery rhymes

    Hello, how do you translate "nursery rhymes" in your language? What other words do you use for different subcatagories? Thanks. Czech: říkanky Slovak: riekanky