"Мой багаж в такси."

Translation:My luggage is in the taxi.

November 4, 2015



I still struggle on how to pronounce 'в' in sentences. The audio sounds like it's skipped.

November 4, 2015


It is easy :) If the word after 'в' begins with a voiced consonant or a vowel, 'в' is pronounced like 'v'. If there is an unvoiced consonant, it is pronounced like 'f' E.g.: в метро - vmi-tro; в такси - ftah-ksi

November 4, 2015


I haven't learned the voice - unvoiced consonant thing, yet.

November 4, 2015


Voiced: [b, v, g, d, z, zh, l, m, n, r, j]. Unvoiced: [p, f, k, t, s, sh, ch, sch, h]

November 4, 2015


@Sleepy_Cat_ could you write those consonants with actual russian letters please?

August 4, 2017


Voiced: [б, в, г, д, з, ж, ы, м, н, р, х]. Unvoiced: [п, ф, к, т, с, ч, ш, щ,].

October 18, 2017


Voiced: Б, В, Г, Д, Ж, З, Л, М,
Н, Р, Й. Unvoiced: П, Ф, К, Т, Ш, С, Х, Ц, Ч, Щ. But 'Ы' is vowel.

February 4, 2018


Also, you can tell if a consonant is voiced or not by putting a finger on your throat while you're saying a consonant. If your vocal cords are vibrating during the consonant, it's voiced. If not, it's unvoiced.

November 4, 2015


ArchKDE,thats the best easy way i ever heard it,thanks alot!

December 9, 2015


No problem!

December 10, 2015


What if the next word starts with в?

June 11, 2016


When this happens, often the в will changed to во. For example, 'Во всем мире' (All over the world.)

November 27, 2016


Sometimes it happens. For example (i try to translate in english): "Я гуляю в валенках и в варежках зимой.". I walk in (because my hands and legs inside of them) felt boots and mittens in winter. Or, another one. Я отдыхаю в воскресенье. I rest on Sunday. One more. Он в ванной. He is in bathroom.:)

February 3, 2019


Uy que buena explicación

April 4, 2018



August 19, 2018


Thank you

September 15, 2017


This is very useful to know! It's unfortunate Duolingo doesn't teach this (at least on mobile). Thanks Anna!

April 1, 2018



July 3, 2017


This specific audio sounds absolutely normal. You just add a short "v" sound to the beginning of the next word.

November 4, 2015


Technically you would add a short "f" to the beginning, since the unvoiced "т" assimilates the voiced "v" sound into an unvoiced "f" sound.

January 4, 2016


No it doesn't. I hear it clearly.

April 20, 2016


I put "my baggage is in a taxi". Since there is no definite article in Russian, I'm not sure whether you should translate "in taxi" as "in the taxi" or "in a taxi"...

November 4, 2015


It is situational. I guess you are supposed to know in which taxi your luggage is. That's why it is "the taxi"

November 4, 2015


I think usually if you've put your luggage in a taxi, you know which one it is, and so it makes sense to refer to the specific taxi rather than a random taxi. It makes more sense as a translation.

November 16, 2015


Exactly, it correct me to "a taxi". Like, Ah..well..my luggage is in a taxi..ah I think? Feels like who is saying "my luggage is in a taxi" is a little bit lost or at least not specific enough.

May 23, 2018


Woah! Luggage is pronounced the same way in French and Russian! Awesome!

November 18, 2015


Слово «багаж» пришло в русский из французского языка, где оно образовалось от слова «баг», что значит «связанный узел»

May 13, 2016


It's very similar in Brazilian Portuguese as well: bagagem

June 25, 2017


In the Brazilian Portuguese

November 6, 2017


Is bagazh specifically for luggage? I used "bag" instead but it was incorrect.

November 4, 2015


Yeah багаж is luggage. Bag is a different word.

November 4, 2015


I said bags as in plural, I feel like that was a fair translation. Marked it wrong, though.

November 22, 2015


Likewise. I just flagged it; at least in American English, those are exactly the same thing in this context. To be fair, it is in beta...

November 23, 2015


@Dennis — As others have mentioned, in North American English, "my bags" means "my baggage."

"My baggage is in the taxi" or would sound stiff and slightly old fashioned in most situations, as if English weren't your first language. At the airport, they always ask "do you have any bags to check," not "do you have any baggage/luggage to check."

December 20, 2015


Agreed. Baggage/luggage is probably used more as an adjective, as in baggage tags or luggage compartment.

August 21, 2017


Funny part is Baggage is also right but refused. Baggage means Luggage and similar to Багаж which is Bagazh.

May 23, 2018


What’s the difference between моя and мой ?

November 15, 2015


моя is for feminine nouns and мой is for masculine nouns if I'm correct.

November 16, 2015


You are :)

November 16, 2015



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July 1, 2017


I can just imagine a person running after a taxi yelling this XD

February 13, 2019


Marked incorrect for "My luggage is at the taxi", but since I am unsure whether it is correct or not, I haven't reported it.

November 24, 2015


I can't offer an explanation as far as Russian grammar goes, but that wouldn't make sense as a translation in this context. You would never say "My luggage is at the taxi". You might say something like "My luggage is by/near the taxi", but that would have a different meaning.

November 28, 2015


Can you say "My suitcase is in the taxi" as opposed to "My luggage . . ." or is there another word for "suitcase" in Russian?

November 24, 2015


There is another word for suitcase, it's чемодан.

November 27, 2015


It sounds like багаш rather than багаж to me. Is there a reason for this?

December 7, 2015


The difference between the two, as I can read in a table of Russian sounds, is that the ж is a voiced ш. That's why they sound so similar, but try pronouncing both while you put your fingers on your throat. The ш sound comes only from the mouth as the air flows out, while by making the ж sound you have to feel the vibration (voicing) on your fingers too. Hope that helps!

December 7, 2015


Yes, I’m aware of the difference, but this one sounds unvoiced to me. I’m guessing it’s because of the т in такси causing в to be pronounced as a voiceless [f], in turn causing the ж to be devoiced as well?

December 7, 2015


Actually I don't know, but your conclusion seems reasonable. However, I put the single word in google translate and it pronounces as an unvoiced ж (or as a ш)...so I have more doubts than before! Now that I think of it, I remember when I saw the film "Le Concert" a scene where the Russian man says Parish with a ш sound (unvoiced) but in the folder he has, it's written Париж, so... I'm lost. I'd think we could use a Russian native speaker here to solve the doubt.

December 7, 2015


Hi, I'm native Russian speaker. Some consonants have a pair, some not. There are always 1 voiced and 1 unvoiced letter in every pair: b-p, v-f, g-k, d-t, z-s, zh-sh (the first is voiced, the second is not). And if the word ends with voiced consonant, we usually pronounce it more tender and quiet, so it sounds like it unvoiced "spouse".

  1. Б-П — гроб (coffin) can sound like [гроп] and хлеб (bread) like [хлеп];
  2. В-Ф — хлев (cowshed/pigsty/pigpen) like [хлеф];
  3. Г-К — снег (snow) like [снек], and sometimes like [снех] (usually in Southern and Western parts of the country, cause Г-Х came from Ukrainian);
  4. Д-Т — код (code) like [кот] (cat);
  5. З-С — глаз (eye) like [глас] (ancient/poetic "voice");
  6. Ж-Ш — Париж like [париш];

N.B. Unvoiced don't sound like voiced! Only Б → П, no П → Б.

P.S. If the word was changed and there appeared a vowel after last letter (снег — снега), the voiced Г stays voiced: [снега]. I haven't seen the snow = я не видел (не видела if the speaker is female) снега.

December 9, 2015


Thank you so much indeed for your kind explanation, it's way clearer now! And of course I'm giving you lingots and "thumbs" up! спасибо a lot! P.S. I may bother you again with other questions, hehe

December 10, 2015


why "my luggage are in the taxi" wrong?

December 9, 2015


I suppose luggage is the-thing-you-can-not-count. Like water, we don't usually say "I like waters", we say "I like water / get out of the water / water of the Black Sea " and so on =)

December 9, 2015


so why can't i talk about the luggage in a plural form? why is it a wrong translation?

December 11, 2015


Well, if you go to the airport with 10 bags, suitcases, etc, all of them are your luggage, it's one luggage of one person, so you can't call it "my ten luggages", it would be a mistake. The luggage is uncount noun in English, so you can only use "luggage is", no matter if you have ten bags or only one. If you are travelling with your friend, you have your own luggage and your friend has his/her own, but both your and his'her things can be called "our luggage", not "our luggages".

В русском мы говорим аналогично: я сдала чемоданы в багаж; мой багаж потерялся; багажное отделение — это отделение для багажа (а не "багажей"), это не наш багаж и так далее.

December 11, 2015


Luggage is an uncountable noun and is only ever used in the singular.

December 11, 2015


Is there really no need for an article within the sentence? To either specify whether my luggage is in "the" taxi, or "a" taxi? There is a difference, so following the context is reasonable but not quite as specific as I'd be hoping in that kind of situation.

December 11, 2015


Russian does not have articles. Context of the conversation, emphasis on a particular word when speaking or word order can all be used to help determine which article to best use when translating to English.

December 11, 2015


Thank you!

December 12, 2015


After reading the discussions and listening very closely to both audios (after having already gotten it wrong) I still cannot hear the В being pronounced. There is a long gap before taxi where it is not pronounced, and then taxi most definitely starts on a T, not a soft f sound. Is there any reason for this, or is it just a problem with the recording?

EDIT: This problem is only with the slowed down version. I got the same one wrong again..... and listening to the normal speed recording I can hear the f sound

January 16, 2016


Being language deaf is pretty common. It took me weeks to hear the sounds as they are oppose to what they sort of almost sounded like in comparison to my native tongue. This includes simply not hearing some sounds. Your ears and mind will take some time to adjust.

February 15, 2016


I must have missed something but I can't see where the verb is here.

January 30, 2016


In Russian, under most circumstances, the verb, "to be," "быть," is omitted in the present tense, "есть." You will see it used in the past tense, "был," and in the future tense, "буду," much much more often.

January 30, 2016


Very nice! So far, all the words that I have learned up to this point in russian have connection with other languages. "багаж" sounds very similar to "bagagem", in portuguese. One thing connects another.

June 8, 2016


What is the difference in pronunciation between мои and мой?

December 18, 2016



January 22, 2018


How do you pronounce й? I see that и is pronounced as "ee". Is й pdonoubced "ey"?

February 6, 2018


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June 8, 2018


I'm having the hardest time with the spoken exercises! I can't tell if I'm not articulating clearly or if there's a problem with my microphone, but I consistently get them marked wrong even when I feel I'm saying it correctly. Half the time it's like my computer isn't even registering the words. Does anyone have any advice or insight as to why this is?

July 14, 2018



March 16, 2019


Walay problema diha

March 25, 2019


I dont understand why you force people to use the articles, when hardly any native russian speaker uses them.

March 27, 2019


I cant type in english

April 1, 2019



May 3, 2019


I tried bag i. Place of luggage

April 10, 2019

April 28, 2019


Why wouldnt "My luggage is with the taxi" work? Doesnt в also mean "with" apart from "in"?

June 1, 2019


It seems like the в was not recorded in the audio...

June 12, 2019


I done goofed... I tapped the word potato instead of taxi... And I'm just laughing at the fact that it says "My luggage is in the potato." XD Lol!!!

June 30, 2019


Кто прочитал тот был в метро ) aaa yess

July 7, 2019


What is the difference between моя and мой ? Thanks!

March 2, 2017


моя is about female, мой is about male. Багаж is a "male"-word, so we use here "мой багаж".

Well, sometimes it is hard to understand what "gender" the word has, but there is some patterns in Russian language. For example, if the word has ending "-а", it's usually female, but the name Ники́та and some words like па́па (Dad) are "males".

March 3, 2017


Thank you!!

September 13, 2017


I kept getting it wrong and I thought is was the 'v' But i was unconsciously spelling taxi wrong

June 4, 2017


Cool, some words are similar in portuguese, багаж = bagagem

July 6, 2017


This is a very efficient method

October 9, 2017


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November 30, 2017


Pronounced like baggage not luggage

December 22, 2017


It says in the list of words that "в" means "in", "there are" and "on", so I put "My Luggage is in Taxi" and it said i was wrong because i did not add the word "the". But no where in the list of words did it say the word "the" because there is no word for "the" in Russian as there is also no Russian word for "a". My best friend is from Ukraine and she speaks both Ukrainian and Russian and she says that they do not use words like "the". So why am i getting things wrong for not putting in American words like "the" and "a" because it sounds "right" to us? Im trying to relearn Russian, not Russmarican.

January 10, 2018


Maria, "my luggage is in taxi" is impossible in English, while the sentence is correct in Russian. You can only translate a correct sentence by a correct sentence in the language of translation. Since as you said, they don't have "the" in Russian, the noun "taxi" is equivalent to either "the taxi", or "a taxi", when in a sentence; from the context of the conversation, one may conclude which one of those two. While it is useful to know which are the exact words that are being used, the translation is therefore "my luggage is in the taxi", or "my luggage is in a taxi". The second one, is also a normal sentence, when it refers to a non specified taxy. "I lost my luggage." "You lost it??? How did that happen?" "I left it in a taxi, about a week ago". So both of those possibilities are right, if you don't have more context.

January 31, 2018


this is an out rage do we really have to put is?.......it didn't even say is:(

January 25, 2018


I don't have a Russian keyboard yet, so I literally typed: 'Ma bagursh taxi'.

April 16, 2018


how do i get a russian keyboard?

June 10, 2018


If you are on a mobile device go to your settings on your keyboard and download Русский.

September 3, 2018


Why i can not ear the "b"?

July 15, 2018


keeps tripping me up, with багаж, being changing from bag, to baggage, to rucksack, to luggage. Confusing!

October 13, 2018


Again when i have to translate russian word to englis almost every time i forgot to add "the" example the f... Taxi :-p

November 10, 2018


Hey, I am using the English keyboard and no matter what I type it comes up as wrong. How do I type using Cyrillic alphabet here? Thanks!

December 24, 2018


Uhhh... I am Polish and I sometimes forget to add "the" or "a" and I can't change a language to Polish 'cause I can learn only English in Polish... Why.

January 26, 2019


I answered correctly and app counted as mistake

February 9, 2019


I love it so much i have a russian classmate no it will be easier when i ask her to speak russion

February 15, 2019


Hello. keyboard answers please. I have no cyrillic keybord, have you installed one for Duolingo ? In latin alphabet, if i type "moi" instead of "moĭ" it is wrong, how can I write ĭ (without copy paste) ? Thanks.

November 6, 2015


you can install a cyrillic keyboard and just use your romanized keyboard. Also, at the top left there is a switch where you can translate the cyrillic into roman letters.

November 6, 2015



November 6, 2015



November 6, 2015


or go to http://winrus.com/keyboard.htm, type the words there and then copy paste.

December 4, 2015


I put "my bag is in the taxi" and it marked it wrong..

I feel like that should be right.

November 17, 2015


багаж/luggage is not synonymous with a bag.

My bag is in the taxi would be more like моя сумка в такси.

November 17, 2015


I put "my luggage in the taxi" and got marked wrong! How am I to know there's an "is" here??

November 27, 2015


Russian doesn't use "to be" in the present tense so but it can't be a complete sentence without a verb and "is" makes the most logical sense.

November 27, 2015


But aren't we translating to English? In English you can make a statement "my luggage in the taxi" if it's in there and the taxi's about to go, plus it's a direct translation too. It's my excuse and I'm sticking to it :p

November 28, 2015


"my luggage is in the taxi" is what most Americans would use. mind that I'm 25% Korean as well

May 3, 2019


i'm peruvian, i love russian language

January 14, 2016


We can help other. I can teach you English and you help me in Russian

June 8, 2018


I'd throw in baggage being the same as bag for the most part in English. At least how's it's normally used. Unless you say luggage which isn't as commen

January 28, 2016


Where is the Bloody "is" in sentence?

February 4, 2016


The verb is implied in the present tense in Russian.

February 4, 2016


It is usually omitted but you can say "мой багаж находится в такси". It is typical for some official documents like description of some situation in a police report. or in the news. In usual speach we will say "преступник в магазине" but in the news it will be "в данный момент преступник находится в магазине" (at the moment the criminal is located in the shop).

November 27, 2016


My luggage in a taxi. is not "Moi bagazh v taksi." why wrong ?

February 8, 2016


Not 100% sure but I think it's "Мой" not "мои" i.e. "Moy" not "moi".

February 9, 2016


That sounds so much like french, it's amazing

May 4, 2017


This is easy

August 3, 2017


"moy bagaj v taksi" what is wrong with it ?

September 23, 2017


❤❤❤❤❤❤ Dima!

September 29, 2017



February 3, 2018


please, you write in russian, it's important. I'm peruvian and i want to learn more, sorry for my english

January 14, 2016


Тут че-то со звуком она говорит " му багаж в такси" исправте, или это у меня только так воспроизводит?

January 19, 2016


I translated with "My Garbagetaxi"

July 31, 2016


Not true. Мой багаж is singular.

January 4, 2017


My luggage is in the tim!

January 13, 2017


Why do you not use verbs in russian

February 17, 2017


That is wrong, my russian girlfriend said "baggage in the taxi", not "baggage is in the taxi".

August 12, 2017



January 2, 2016


How to speel 'b' ?

October 29, 2016


You spelled spell wrong

April 28, 2018
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