"У меня есть сестра."

Translation:I have a sister.

November 4, 2015



Could someone break down "у меня есть" for me?

November 4, 2015


this can be literally transcribed as "At my place exists"

November 4, 2015


Without the 'place' part. In German, it would literally be 'bei mir gibt es...' but I can't think of an English equivalent because English doesn't have cases.

November 17, 2015


The closest I can think of is when someone asks "Do you have a pen on you?" or someone states "I think I have a pen on me." In English however the prepositional phrase "on..." is not necessary for possession. It is used for emphasis that what I own is with me right now.

November 17, 2015



November 4, 2015


It's a specific structure. In English you use [possessor] have/has, and in Russian it's У [possessor in Genitive] есть [noun in Nom.] or нет [noun in Gen.]. So, in this sentence "I" am a possessor and "I" have a sister, so сестра is in Nominative.

November 4, 2015


Thanks. So far Russian seems surprisingly similar to Germanic languages.

November 4, 2015


In a nutshell, yes. German has cases from Latin as well as some other things from Slavic languages like Russian.

November 17, 2015


German has cases all by itself

March 1, 2016


Yeah, I guess what I meant to say was that they share a common ancestor language which have cases and stuff that makes the similar.

March 1, 2016


LlamaNation01 yes, they all share a common language. But so does Greek, English, Hindi, Persian.

Here is an interesting chart showing most IE-languages:


September 23, 2016


IE stands for Indo European in Smalde's case

February 9, 2017


smalde does ie stand for internet explorer??

sorry lol

January 2, 2017


Thank you!

March 26, 2016


at/by me is (sister)

December 15, 2015


Read it like this:

"With you exists..."

I like to read it like "on me having..." short for "on the subject of me having _ (the answer is, yes I do)." which doesn't really make sense literally and isn't a completely accurate translation, but it helps me.

October 22, 2017


This is just one of those things where you just say, "that's how they say it" and move on.

November 19, 2015


Is there any difference (in speech) between "ест" ("he eats") and "есть" ("there exists"), or do you have to figure it out from the context?

November 8, 2015


Yes, there is. "Т" is either "hard" or "soft". Search for these words on forvo.com and listen carefully.

November 8, 2015


Listening on Forvo I hear only the slightest difference. Am I correct in hearing a harder "T" in есть?

EDIT: For those coming after me, this video explains the different sounds of hard and soft consonants: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roevsN1zBl4

At the beginning he explains how you can make the sounds yourself, and at 6:35 he also gives a very specific example that is pretty much the same as the есть/ест problem here. However, the rest of the video is also very, very useful!!!

My perception of what a 'hard' and 'soft' consonant is, was just completely wrong before I commented.

December 26, 2015


The "т" sound in "есть" is soft.

December 26, 2015


we can even say 'есть (be) чо есть (eat)?' или 'чо поесть есть' или 'поесть есть?' или 'есть есть?' 'what we have to eat', where we often omit 'what' and 'we'. it is especialy actual when you come from work/school.

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January 29, 2016


Is there a difference between "У меня есть сестра" and "У меня сестра"? If so, what are those and when would you use each of them?

November 4, 2015


without context "У меня сестра" is incorrect

November 4, 2015


Could you please explain it in further detail? I've been wondering for over a year now :)

November 4, 2015


This will work in a context like this:

  • And now, children, please tell us about your siblings.
  • I have two brothers.
  • And I have a sister.

  • А теперь, дети, расскажите о своих братьях и сестрах.

  • У меня два брата.
  • А у меня сестра.

Here we don't focus on the fact of having a sister, but rather on the fact that it is a sister that this child has, not two sisters or a brother, etc.

Another context to use "У меня сестра" is a situation when your sister comes to your place. Like: Я сейчас занят, у меня сестра - I am busy right now, my sister is at my place / came to visit me. A similar phrase will be "у меня гости" (I have guests). This state of "having" a sister or guests is temporary.

November 5, 2015


I think it's the same if you say "My sister" What about her?) But for example you could say "У меня сестра красавица" (My sister is beautiful)

November 4, 2015


It appears at first sight that "U" = I have, "U menya" = I have, and , "U menya est'" = I have. Also ? Are there several ways of saying "I" as in me in Russian. "Ya" = I am "U" =" I" (followed by the verb "to have"?).

November 26, 2015


This is only at first sight :-) Literally, "у меня есть..." translates as "by me is/are...", meaning "I have..."

November 26, 2015


I thought exactly as you did, it's beginning to confuse me :s

November 30, 2015


It is very similar to Polish "U mnie jest siostra" what means "My sister is with me [in the place where I live or work]".

December 23, 2015


And that makes me think how would one say "My sister's at my place" in Russian

April 24, 2016

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    Does it means that my sister is at my home, or place of living or it literally means I have a sister?

    July 4, 2016


    As far as I know, all of these.

    January 30, 2017


    Why is it "у меня есть" and not "я меня есть"?

    July 18, 2017


    It's "at me is", not "I me is".

    July 18, 2017


    Because before a sentence of having, for example "I have a sister", They say "у" меня есть. The "у" accompanies the verb "have". I am a beginner in this language too but from my experience and my Russian friend they say so.

    July 18, 2017


    This makes me feel like i am eating my sister...

    May 1, 2018


    Is this structure similar to the Latin dativus possessoris?

    May 29, 2018



    January 3, 2019


    does "у меня ест" always meen "i have (a)" ?

    September 4, 2018


    for the pronouncing est' is also eat like-" ty est v kafe" you are eating in cafe. why is that?

    December 23, 2015


    They are similar words, ест and есть however have slightly different pronunciations. For.me, есть is more like yeest with only a slight pronunciation of the t while ест is yest with a harder t.

    December 25, 2015


    Why is есть tagged as "eats"? Does it literally mean both exists and eats? Or is that a mistake. Because that really threw me off :/

    January 12, 2016


    If you read the comments, specially one with a link, you will get it ;)

    January 17, 2016


    Is there Another words for saying '.' I have a '.' In Russian way and translate please .

    September 13, 2016


    I have a car. - У меня есть машина. = Я имею машину (обладаю, владею машиной). But "a sister" is not "a car"! :)

    April 18, 2017


    Can someone give me a hand in what exactly "есть" means? I've been reading some other comments and just got more confused. Also, does у меня only mean "I have" or am I completely wrong?

    October 27, 2017


    What is the difference between " у тебя есть...?" And "у вас есть....?".

    December 22, 2017


    "У тебя есть..."- is more informal. You can say that to your friends or family. And "у вас есть..."- can either mean "you all have"(plural) or just a formal way to say "you have".

    June 26, 2018


    Should I use a Cyrillic keyboard for these lessons. I find it confusing to use roman letters, which are often rejected

    September 19, 2018


    Yes, the engine for transliteration does not seem to always work. I recommend downloading a Cyrillic keyboard.

    January 3, 2019


    as I am without a Cyrillic keyboard, it keeps rejecting my answer. What is wrong with 'u menya est sestra' as my transliteration?

    September 19, 2018


    why is "есть" there?

    November 25, 2018


    What's the difference between Моя and мой?

    January 24, 2019


    I have absolutely no idea what i'm doing wrong... these audio have been killing me. I type in EXACTLY what's said, with punctuation and all, and i'm still getting them incorrect. Can someone help me?

    January 29, 2017


    i understand it like: "in,at,into,.." me there is a sister!

    July 7, 2017


    This is almoust like spanish

    March 17, 2018


    Je moi est - sister

    July 10, 2018


    It was a mistaken

    August 2, 2018


    Oh dear...subtle spelling...est (eat), est' (have).

    June 21, 2016


    Of course you do, Jaime ;)

    December 19, 2016


    Я не знаю

    October 19, 2017


    Totally horrible sentence by duolingo. Come on.

    June 18, 2016
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