"We are brother and sister."

Translation:Мы брат и сестра.

November 2, 2015



Is it just me or does the skill familiarity decay more quickly in Russian than in other languages on Duolingo? I don't know if that's really true or not but it's how it seems to me. Like my skills lose their gold status really fast.

December 6, 2015


What is the difference between "а" аnd "и"?

November 2, 2015


А is used as a means of juxtaposition.

И is used to connect two "similar" things together.

А is regularly used in the following types of sentences:

  • I am an engineer, and you are a medic. = Я инженер, а ты медик.
  • I am an engineer, and you are not. = Я инженер, а ты нет.
  • I am eating and you are sleeping. = Я ем, а ты спишь.
  • I am eating and you aren't. = Я ем, а ты нет.
  • I like apples/I am eating/I am a medic. And you? = Я люблю яблоки / ем/ медик. А ты?

("I" and "you" are just used for clarity here)

Note how you "compare" two things here (like, side to side). But there is NO contradiction. I mean, if I am an engineer, there is nothing to prevent you from being a medic.

There are also more advanced cases of "narrative" contrast, which I am not sure we even introduce in the course:

  • На столе кубик, а на кубике лилия. = A cube is on the table, and there a lily on the box.
  • Я ем яблоки, а это витамины и всё такое. = I eat apples, and that's vitamins and stuff, you know

Here, you might understand it as "and now one more thing you did not expect me to say".

November 2, 2015


So a is like 'whereas' more than 'and '

March 25, 2016


Thank you very much! I understand now.

November 3, 2015


Thanks for the notice !!
I didn't see differences between both .

April 27, 2019


"a" is usually used in sentence with opposition, when you compare something! Or when something contradicts to something else.

November 2, 2015


Why is "мы есть брат и сестра" wrong? When does есть get used vs omitted?

April 23, 2018


Есть basically translates to "there is" or "there are". If you just need to say "is" or "are" then you omit the verb.

August 17, 2019


How are you supposed to write ȳ

November 4, 2015


Type in cyrillic instead; this is a Russian course after all :')

November 8, 2015


Typing in cyrillc needs practice

April 1, 2018


If it helps, use this Russian keyboard

November 20, 2015


Most computers allow for Russian Keyboard installs. Go to Control Panel > Language > Add Language

Under R, you should find Russian (русский) . Click on Add Input Method, and Install the Russian or Russian Mnemonic keyboard.

Wait for it to install, and boom. Russian keyboard. Don't pay extra money for one. To change keyboards quickly, just press Windows Key + Space (This is useful if you're on a chatroom or video-game.)

The Russian Mnemonic keyboard translates the syllables you type automatically (Though not 100%, you'd have to adjust accordingly). Though be warned, Russian keyboards have a different layouts than the traditional QWERTY keyboard. If you want to move to a post-soviet state (Or you're in one already), be warned, computers there would generally be in this layout. - (http://www.linguanaut.com/images/russian_keyboard2.gif).

December 8, 2015


Why use Мы instead of Вы?

October 15, 2016


That's what it says in the original sentence.

October 19, 2016


When are you supposed to use меня?

January 29, 2016


Я means "I" and "меня" means "me".

Note that "у меня" literally means "by me", so "У меня есть свитер" means "By me there is a sweater," or in clearer English, "I have a sweater."

August 17, 2019


Почему перед "brother" и "sister" нет никаких артиклей?

April 26, 2017


Consider it as a joint plural word describing their relationship, not themselves. Like 'We are friends'. Also two people maybe 'a brother' and 'a sister' while dont having a relationship at all.

November 26, 2017


We brother and sister

July 10, 2018


У нас брат и сесира is incorrect ?? Reply please

December 20, 2018


Мы брат и сестра.

July 18, 2019
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