"Это радио, а не мотор."

Translation:This is a radio, and not a motor.

November 3, 2015



Who confuses a radio with a motor?

November 6, 2015


It's a steampunk radio! :D

November 20, 2015

October 12, 2018


Probably the most important sentence you will need, if you want to learn russia. lol...But seriosly, was there no better sentence?

February 4, 2016


With new age music can you really blame them?

June 3, 2016



November 10, 2015


Yeah that would be very hard to mix up the two they are completely different!

October 16, 2016

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May 15, 2019


Could this also be translated as, "This is a radio, but not a motor."?

Thanks! <3

November 3, 2015


Actually no, but I thought the same at first. The course moderator explained in another page. The word "but" is translated as но.

November 4, 2015


Would "This is a radio, and no motor" be correct?

November 5, 2015


People downvoting him, he just asked a question. Just answer him and don't downvote him!

November 7, 2015


It would relay the same meaning, but it is not grammatically correct in English so it is still wrong.

November 5, 2015


I think "This is a radio, (and) not a motor" would be more accurate

November 12, 2015


is that even possible in English? if yes, should be correct. makes sense to me...

November 5, 2015


dat be known as slang.

November 7, 2015


so, not really possible. Thanks

November 7, 2015


Absolutely, that would be correct.

January 4, 2016


No, because the word for "no" comes later. (You might already know it).

March 20, 2016


Of course yes

June 16, 2018


If that's so, what is the difference between а and но?

May 26, 2019


"а" and "и" can be used interchangeable as "and" and "but," from my experience studying Russian and traveling in the former Soviet Union. Generally, I've found that the word "а" straddles the difference of "and" and "but" in English to the degree that either word can be used, with a difference in intonation. In this particular sentence, I think "but" should also be accepted.

February 18, 2016


I am new in russian help

February 27, 2016


Keep dedicating yourself to learn and you will get there

June 16, 2018


Same ;;-;;

April 9, 2019


Exactly, "but" is more appropriate

July 12, 2017


No one believes in my radio-powered car... :'(

July 6, 2016


I dooo we need more radio powered cars (>~<)/

September 18, 2018


What's the difference between и and а?

November 4, 2015


'и' is used directly as 'and'; 'a' is used for comparison, sometimes in a similar way to 'but'. For example, 'радио и мотор' (radio and motor) as compared to 'не радио а мотор' (not [a] radio but [a] motor).Hope this helps!

November 10, 2015


Can't upvote this enough. Thanks Mia!

July 2, 2016


Both would be translated to "and", but I think that и denotes two things are related, joining two sentences. While a denotes two unrelated things.

November 5, 2015


Thank god this was cleared up, I honestly couldn't tell. I was in the midst of motoring through an existential crisis had I not had this sentence to tune me into what's what.

July 9, 2016


So ... does this language have indefinite articles?

December 19, 2015


no. it doesn't

December 24, 2015


I have several questions that I would like to clarify. I would greatly appreciate the insight from native Russian speakers. When I started learning the Cyrillic letters, I learned about the hard and soft vowels. The hard vowels are: а (ah), э (e), ы (ih), о (aw), and у(u). The soft vowels are: я (ya), е (yeh), и (eeh), ё (yo), and ю (you).

1) When do you have to use "Э" and not "е"? When is "e" pronounced as "ye" and not as a regular e?

2)In one of the lessons, I saw actor written as актёр and not as актор. Wouldn't that be pronounced then as act(yo)r if it's written as актёр?

3) I saw accents above the letter "o" as "ó". Are those letters interchangeable?

4)When should you use a hard sign "ъ" and a soft sign "ь"?

5)When is "ы" used and when is "и" used?

I will definitely have more questions later on. But this is what I have for now. Спасибо!!

February 10, 2016


just to be sure, the sound э, sounds like both "e" in elephant. not like the sound of the first "e" in "eraser". this is always the case.

1) to my knowledge, there's no rule that indicates when to use soft or hard e, just learn how to spell words. But don't confuse, in russian the letter э, always sounds the same, unlike english, that letters can have different pronunciations.

2) yes, it would be pronunced act(yo)r, and that is the way to say it in russian. and yes it is spelled correctly актёр

3) these accents are meant to help people learning russian, they don't really use them in Russia. sometimes inside a russian word we can find more than just one letter o. Just one of them can be pronounced with the sound o as in horse. the rest will be pronounced a as in car. the one with the accent is to be pronounced o as in horse.

4)You will seldomly use hard sign, and it is used only in words from ancient russian. But to be sure you have to learn the spelling of each word. you could learn the ones that use hard sign, because there are nor much of them.

5) i'm starting to think that you are trying to translate words and you are not sure as to when to use a hard or a soft sound. again, to my knowledge there are no rules for that. learn how to spell the words

hope this helps

February 10, 2016


Thank you for your reply.

When I was going through the lesson, I didn't quite hear the "yo" in актёр. Maybe it's just me and I also understand that sometimes the pronunciation is not exactly how a native speaker would say it.

Unlike in [American] English, where more times than not, words are pronounced with defined emphasis in the beginning rather than in the middle or latter part of the word, do Russian words show more emphasis in the middle?

E.g., Instead of saying the word "internet" as "in-ter-net", we just say it as "iner-net."

I'm not really trying to translate words as I barely know any Russian word apart from what I've learned so far. The main reason I'm asking is to find out whether there are rules that outline if a particular letter can or cannot be the first letter of the word or right next to a vowel or consonant.

An example I can think of would be the: "I" before "E" except after "C" or when sounded like "ey" as in "neighbor" or "weigh." Unless, either a feisty or foreign protein plans a weird heist of your height.

February 10, 2016


"This is radio" is not proper English. I think "This is a radio" should be the only answer.

November 11, 2015


"radio" is the concept of transmitting radio waves, and "a radio" is a device capable to do so. For example: "This is not on TV, but only on radio."

Edit: why the downvotes? You can look in the dictionary

November 11, 2015


So, now we are confusing the transmission of radio waves with a physical motor? I mean, confusing a radio with a motor was already a bit of a stretch...

November 12, 2015


2 years later... It's just to show that Russian doesn't use indefinite articles.

July 7, 2018


That's what I put but was marked wrong for some reason?!!

April 13, 2016


I'm french, and I'm may be wrong but can a comma in english have the same value as an "and" : This a radio, not a motor.

Also why not use the more widespread "engine" instead of motor? You should not use a word in another language because it is similar to another word in your language.

April 7, 2016


Native English speaker here.. No. In English a comma does not substitute for "and." A comma in English denotes a pause.

September 13, 2018


I have heard that Russian hard sign ъ operates similar to a english , or ' by seperating the word with a short pause or break in speech. Is this accurate?

November 18, 2018


That being said, the sentance, "This is a radio, not a motor." Is actually grammatically correct. However, the comma which indicates a pause does not mean "and" in English.

September 13, 2018


Is there a translation to both words "This" and "That" ? Or are both of them the same word ; это?

June 15, 2016


the odd sentences on duolingo make me laugh. its even worse in french. oh well at least i know how to say "i like reading as a shark"

January 14, 2017


What do they mean motor? A car?

March 13, 2017


So please quit filling my radio with gasoline

February 6, 2019


Under the description for 'a', it says it 'implies contrast' between 1st and 2nd, what exactly does that mean, seeing as 'a' means 'and'?

November 3, 2015


I think 'a' is used as 'and' usually when you're comparing something. Like, you wouldn't use it when saying 'I like apples and pears', but you would use it when saying things like "I like apples and Anna likes pears"

November 4, 2015


Yeah that makes a lot of sense; thank you!

November 4, 2015


You are exactly right!

November 19, 2015


In Russian "а" means "but" or "instead of" instead of "and"

January 27, 2016


Would it be wrong if I just said "Это радио, не мотор."

Is it necessary to use "а" in a sentence like this?

October 31, 2016


For those of you who may be confused by the Russian alphabet, I have found this resource to be very helpful... http://www.russianforeveryone.com/RufeA/Lessons/Introduction/Alphabet/Alphabet.htm

February 13, 2017


There should absolutely be the article "a" before radio. At least in natural speaking english. The solution was missing the article. I believe this to be incorrect.

June 14, 2017


I wrote it is a radio, not a motor... so i think i shld right OK?

February 5, 2018


"This is a radio and not a car." Am I wrong? Isn't мотор generally translated to 'Car'?

April 26, 2018

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мотор is an engine

April 26, 2018


Oh man, for some reason I assumed that I'd read it used as 'Car'. My bad. Thanks!

April 26, 2018

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you're welcome!

April 26, 2018


Why is the мотор not car?

July 31, 2018


Why would it be?

July 31, 2018


It is very unusual to talk about 'my motor' in British (Irish) English. It sounds strange. A motor suggests an 'engine'.

August 8, 2019


in Russian motor is also "engine", "motor" for "car" is slang. ( Because a car has a motor, so a car could be called a motor).

August 8, 2019


because motor is an "engine", motor as " a car" is slang

August 8, 2019


This is a radio but not a motor

September 16, 2018


Can anyone explain why the letter о sounds like a and o interchangeably? Это sounds like eta, and мотор sounds like mator.

October 17, 2018


Unstressed о is pronounced like an а. This is called vowel reduction.

October 17, 2018


I have been saying the phrase correctly, even a locak Russian speaking friend of mine have. Yet it always says wrong.

December 4, 2018


Is motor same as car?

December 30, 2018


мотор is an engine (usually the one that makes some wheel rotate).

December 30, 2018


Нет, Dimitri, this is not a motor. It is a raido.

April 19, 2019


Its telling me to say it, so i say it excactly how the computer says it and still get it wrong

May 1, 2019


Not sure why it wont accept the word for motor, it would be nice if the verbal segment could be clicked on to hear the individual words or slow it down

May 13, 2019


Im saying it correctly but its not working

May 22, 2019


Isnt motor engine? I mean in my language its motor but i thought it was engine in english. Isnt it correct to say "This is a radio, and not an engine"?

May 22, 2019


motor is an engine

August 8, 2019


I swapped 'car' for 'motor' and it was wrong. 'Motor' is not used in this context except in a colloquial manner. :(

August 8, 2019


In Russian "Motor" mostly means a "engine of a car", or "an engine of a vacuum cleaner", and so on. " Motor" for "car" is mostly used as slang.

August 8, 2019


Yes, absolutely! Here in Ireland, I have only heard 'motor' used to describe a 'car' in rural communities.

August 8, 2019


Wow, really??? It's NOT a motor?

March 14, 2016


vocal is too fast and sometimes incomprehensible. It must be more clear.

May 21, 2016


the ❤❤❤❤ is this ❤❤❤❤ mate???? you ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ idiot >:(

October 10, 2016


"Это радио" It is so hard to hear as two words stick together. I can barely listen something like "Eto dy". How can I improve listening skills?

January 2, 2017


It has to be "but" instead of "and"

July 12, 2017


it suppose to be "It is a radio, but not a motor". "It is a radio, and not a motor" has a different meaning

July 12, 2017


Can someone please help me? How are we supposed to type in Russian when our keyboards are not in Cyrillics?

March 26, 2018


You can install a keyboard layout for a language you work with (as well as delete at as soon as you've had enough). On Windows, it is Control Panel (Settings) → Time and Language → Region and Language

If you are working from a desktop a phonetic layout works just fine. It is the layout that tries to match as many letters as possible to their latin transliterations (i.e. F=ф, A=а, E=е, P= п, R = р and so on).

Then you switch them using Shift+Alt (on Windows) or a different combination you specify

Actually, it is easier for tablets and phones. Settings are usually more transparent on devices—and you can install any layout without it being unintuitive.

March 26, 2018



April 9, 2018


"а" is sometimes used as "but". So there is a problem with that.

March 30, 2018


most times it is used as "but"

August 8, 2019


i feel like this is a joke

April 9, 2018


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May 9, 2018



May 28, 2018


Could someone please explain the difference between это and этот?

June 10, 2018


этот is used for masculine nouns, like этот папа (this dad), этот стол (this table), это is used for neuter nouns(not feminine, not masculine), for example это солнце(this sun) , это молоко (this milk), это озеро (this lake).

August 8, 2019


Sea men's hat

June 27, 2018


The voice really sounds horrified that someone managed to confuse radio with a motor. I like it!

July 12, 2018


Is "мотор" an engine or a motorcycle?

August 20, 2018


engine, for motorcycle it can be used as slang

August 8, 2019


I have written correctly but it shows typo error, can't understand why?

August 20, 2018

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    August 24, 2018


    Funny but ineresting sentence .

    September 30, 2018


    Animator !!!

    October 1, 2018


    I cant wait to say this when I go to the Soviet Un.....er...Russia!!

    October 20, 2018


    "A" doesn't mean "and" in Russian and you shouldn't translate to it. If you want to say "and" in Russian, it is simply "и" and "a" stands for "but", as in this sentence.

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    August 8, 2019


    Why is "engine" wrong?

    January 4, 2019


    Because Engine is "двигатель". But yeah, in my opinion this should be acceptable too because these two words are almost synonyms.

    January 5, 2019


    you are right, engine can be used as motor

    August 8, 2019


    "Радио" sounds like "Радя" Here. It is a bit confusing.

    January 5, 2019


    I spelled radii acedently, i geus it doesn't like spelling mistakes

    January 14, 2019


    After 2 hours, of mama, papa, tim, tom jenny @#$%&##. how about this is steamboat, not a screwdriver.

    February 11, 2019


    Vi ste bre retardi nije poenta da komentarisete da li je to korisno u zivotu kad ne umete ni da shvatite svoju gramatiku moroni glupi

    March 21, 2019


    These things don't pick on my "a" no matter what way i say it

    March 22, 2019


    I cant say.. a He motop... I cant say it... Duolingo gave up me.. Damn my english speaking lips

    March 26, 2019


    " ah nih mahtohr"

    August 8, 2019


    Like. What

    March 30, 2019


    I missed an a

    April 1, 2019


    Quando você fala portugues, aprendendo ingles e russo é muito fácil confundir

    April 5, 2019


    Its diffecult but im getting it right? Right?

    April 9, 2019



    April 12, 2019


    For me there was no "this" in my options

    April 13, 2019


    Do pronounce it as "radio" or "radia"?

    April 22, 2019



    August 8, 2019


    Man this one had me confused

    April 30, 2019


    Learning russia is hard because it has unusual way of placing grammar sentense when translate into English

    May 1, 2019


    I can't seem to be able to say this sentence

    May 6, 2019


    I kind of wish dual lingo would start with basic phrases like introductions, greetings and asking for the bathroom. Stuff like that. But so far I like the structure of the app. It's cute and easy to use.

    May 14, 2019


    Oh my God I think I'm falling in love with russian, it's so beautiful

    May 25, 2019


    I keep saying "а не мотор" the exact same way it's being pronounced but it always ends up being wrong :/

    May 29, 2019


    Правильно произносить радиО, а не радиА. Радио - слово иностранного происхождения, и на него не распространяется правило с безударной буквой О, которая обычно произносится как А.

    June 4, 2019


    Forgot the damn comma

    July 23, 2019


    How do you tell how to pronounce the о? In мотор, it is pronounced both as an 'a' and as an 'o'

    July 28, 2019


    Also, how do we know when to say радио vs радиа?

    July 28, 2019


    never " радиа"

    August 8, 2019


    in " мотор" we have first one - "a" , second one "o"

    August 8, 2019


    it can be also as This is a radio but not a motor.

    August 8, 2019
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