"Он мальчик."

Translation:He is a boy.

November 5, 2015



how do you say "He is the boy" ?

November 19, 2015


That would be Он этот мальчик.

March 23, 2016


Also: Он тот самый мальчик

July 3, 2019


Это мальчик?

March 19, 2019


For me it sounds rather "is he a boy?", how do you tell it in Russian?

November 22, 2015


It can mean either, depending on punctuation/intonation. Он мальчик. He is a boy. Он мальчик? Is he a boy?

November 22, 2015


and is the intonation of the sample above really rather Он мальчик. than Он мальчик? ?

November 22, 2015


You'd have to ask a native speaker. To me, it's unclear and I'd be reluctant to make any definitive statement.

Remember that Russian intonation is different from English (and most likely other languages too), so the inflection you hear one way, a Russian native speaker might perceive differently. Just because it doesn't sound like a question to you doesn't necessarily mean it isn't one and vice versa. Which is not to say this audio is perfectly right or wrong, I'd just warn against assuming that because you perceive it as a question it must be wrong!

I'm very out of practice and I never had a perfect handle on intonation anyway. What you need is a native speaker. Sorry!

November 22, 2015


okay, thank you very much anyway! i had been learning russian for more than 6 years but that happened some decades ago :)

November 22, 2015


The intonation here (and not only here, it's the problem of the whole cousre) is wrong and unclear. There are three sullables here and for me their tone changes like

" _ _ - "

But for a clear question it should be

" _ - _ "

And for the statement

" - - _ "

Also, there is a type of question when you not really asking but doubting the received information (like "He is a boy! Are you kidding?") In this case the intonation of "он мальчик" is

" _ - / "

November 22, 2015


It does not sound like anything in particular. Maybe a bit similar to a doubtful question "Is he... a boy?", but, really, it sounds neither like a typical statement nor like a typical question.

November 22, 2015


The intonation of the sample above is rather interrogative than affirmative. You are quite right.

November 23, 2015


Это мальчик

March 19, 2019


Same here.

May 22, 2019


can someone tell me how to pronounce "ь" and "ъ" well?

December 9, 2015


They make no sounds of their own. You might need a video on Palatalized Consonants (or two videos )

Ъ is used to separate a consonant-ending prefix from a iotated vowel that starts the root. Mainly in native words (съесть, подъехать, объём) but also in some loanwords (объект).

December 9, 2015

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hi shady_arc, on another question that was asked elsewhere in this question thread, i am wondering why a correct solution can't be "he is the boy"? thanks.

May 22, 2016


You'll find another useful/helpful thread on this discussion at "Я здесь."

The thread primarily discusses the мягкий знак (the "soft sign" or "ь"), but I found a web page (TOPIC: The hard sign" (ъ)) that provides some interesting information on both:

soft sign -- мягкий знак (ь)

hard sign -- твердый знак (ъ).

I went to Forvo to see if I could hear the difference between two words that were similar, but one with the "ъ" and one without. I chose въезд (entry) and везде (everywhere). I don't know how good these audio recordings are (although one of them is by someone named Shady_arc!), but I have to be honest. I really didn't hear much of a difference between them. If you'd like to hear them for yourself, the links to these audio recordings are below:



Whether you hear a difference or not, I do recommend the video links Shady_arc provided -- "Palatalized Consonant" and the other (click on "two videos"). They are both really quite good. The second one (whose YouTube title is "More on Soft and Hard Signs in Russian") actually enhances your understanding by providing wave forms of pronunciations with the "ь" or "ъ" and without. Very helpful.

Hope you find that interesting and/or useful.

January 19, 2016


OK, thanks. But why, all of a sudden, there no dot to replace de verb "is" ??? (See precedent discussions...)

August 16, 2017


Look up how toread russian in fifteen minutes. Its a good beginning to learning russian. Searchfor it on google imagis.

October 29, 2017


Shouldn't "He is the boy." also be accepted?

February 17, 2016


Ь Why has to be there? I put малчук and was wrong hahahs

January 25, 2018



April 7, 2019


Does 'On' just mean 'he'?

November 5, 2015


Yes, Он means he. You can find out the meaning of a word by hovering over it to expose the hints. I hope this helps.

November 5, 2015


Does Она женщина mean She's a woman?

November 16, 2015



November 18, 2015


Why is missing an article error? It's just because my native language and Russian don't use them so it's difficult for me to get them right every time.

December 16, 2017



April 18, 2018


last time im listening to duolingo.

June 10, 2018
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