Worldly Wednesday: I would like…

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you’ve taken my recommendation and used Memrise to help you learn Russian you have probably encountered the phrase: “Mne b’ hotyelas chia, pajzalsta.”  In case you haven’t gotten this far, the term translates to, “I want tea, please.”  Because I like to break things down into their component parts to understand how they fit together, I was having my local Russian Bride give me a play-by-play of each word. “Mne b’ hotyelas…” (I want/I desire) is of particular interest to me.  You could substitute a pluthera of nouns after the phrase and get a lot of work out of it.

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Russian Bride informed me that while “Mne b hotyelas…” (from now on “MBH”) is a perfectly fine expression for restauraunt use, a more direct way to signal your desire is the phrase, “Ya hachoo…”  Usually “MBH” is used when describing something that strikes your fancy or is a long-term goal rather than an immediate desire or an implied order.  Understanding this, I can respond more appropriately in different situations, using “Ya hachoo…” to communicate that I want off of a cafe menu, and “MBH” if I am asked to describe how many children I want to have.

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2 thoughts on “Worldly Wednesday: I would like…

  1. thanks to your article before I got the memrise app for my tablet and was able to read words in cyrillic in just a few hours. very encouraging! takes a lot of practice pronouncing some things though.

    • It does take some oral gymnastics to get around the sounds. Some of the words my Russian Bride felt were mispronounced, however, so if it comes down to what the audio says vs. what you think is actually written, always teach yourself the written version (keep in mind that the only exception to written form is the “O” sound to soft “A” sound (ah)).

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