"Извините, где площадь?"

Translation:Excuse me, where is the square?

November 5, 2015



I'm confused, the definition when you hover over извините is forgive me, though that's marked as a wrong answer?

November 5, 2015


"Excuse me" would be a much better translation in this case. Nobody stops people on the street asking "forgive me, where is the square?"

November 13, 2015


But you /would/ say "Pardon me, where is the square?"

April 23, 2016


Yeah, but that still doesnt make "forgive me" any more normal in this context

May 1, 2017


When you "pardon" someone, you don't assume a serious mistake of theirs.

December 1, 2017


Thinsk you

June 18, 2019


I do. (When I am looking for the square, anyway...)

May 24, 2019


Then don't define the word as such, right?

December 14, 2017


Beta problems, should be fixed with a report

November 5, 2015


In some cases, 'excuse me' and 'forgive me' can have similar meanings (just an uneducated guess, but it could be that in Russian this word might be used in any situation that you would use either phrase) there, but in this sentence you would use 'excuse me.' Another one you can use for this would be 'pardon me.'

November 14, 2015


You wouldn't say forgive me to ask some stranger about something, would you?)) excuse me is better to use in this situation.

December 28, 2015


Yes you would. In english they both sound nice and are acceptable

December 31, 2015


Are you serious,Alex? Nobody asks the way begging for merci or asking forgiveness. Не знаешь английский , не морочь голову другим .

January 12, 2016


Ive heard it said and used it before. "Forgive me" and "excuse me" are very similar. You're not begging forgiveness for a horrible act, it's a common phrase that shows you ubderstand you may be intruding or inconveniencing someone. "I beg your pardon" is slightly more archaic but fits in nicely with both

January 13, 2016


Really? I've never heard it that way. Huh. You learn something new every day.

March 17, 2016


I have never once heard someone say "forgive me" in this context...

April 28, 2016


I know he said something terrible but I love the way I understood it!

November 1, 2016


Wouldn't y be transliterated from й, not и?

September 5, 2017


In American English, forgive me is just a slightly different way to say excuse me, in some cases. "Forgive me (for bothering you, but) where is the train?"

March 26, 2016


Yes you would. Its a sort of, forgive me for bothering you. Forgive me, pray tell where the bathroom is?

July 25, 2017


I have literally never heard anyone say forgive me, instead of excuse me. Mayhe its just the State i live in?

April 29, 2019


How is the word "площадь" pronounced? Not meaning to be crass, but all I can hear is "bullsh*t" and I know that's obviously wrong.

December 13, 2016


I hear that too, and i just can't stop laughing!

September 9, 2017


And I thought, my ears weren't that well.

October 13, 2017


Ploschyad' :)

November 29, 2018


Pronounced - пло́щить (plo-shitь) At that, "tь" pronounced like "t" in the word "Tuesday"

March 13, 2019


In площадь "а" is reduced to "и" sound, am I hear right?

November 9, 2015


I'd say you're right because "а" here is really "я" ("щя" is always spelt "ща" by convention) and "я" is reduced to "и"-like sound in unstressed syllables. Here's a nice website where you can get transcriptions of russian words in IPA or russian letters: http://easypronunciation.com/en/russian-phonetic-transcription-converter

November 10, 2015


You just received the first lingot I've ever given away. Thank you very much!

November 15, 2015


This is so helpful! A lingot is the least you deserve :)

November 10, 2015


Thanks, good to know it.

November 10, 2015


I'm late to the party, but I have long been looking for IPA transcriptions of russian words. Thanks, have a lingot :)

January 8, 2016



September 23, 2016



July 24, 2017


И in English is sounded "ee." The unstressed vowel sound is more like the "uh" in "uh-huh." I don't think there's a way to spell the sound on its own in Russian. I belive it's the "schwa" sound in the International Phonetic Alphabet.

November 10, 2015


It is schwa,yes.

January 12, 2016


Second e in elephant would suit more.

January 12, 2016


Could someone please spot me the difference between the sounds of щ and ш? Thanks in advance.

December 31, 2015


щ is pronounced shch and ш is sh.

January 6, 2016


Not really. In modern Russian it sounds like a long and hissy SH with the middle of your tongue high up. "Shch" is just a transliteration that follows the letter's historical pronunciation and the pronunciation still used in Ukrainian.

The "shch" used to be widespread in St. Petersburg dialect...but that was in the 19th century: to encounter that pronunciation nowadays you'll have to find a speaker born around the same time as Chekhov or Lenin. Another option is to find a very particular village where a very particular dialect is spoken :).

January 6, 2016


Oh sorry! I just went by what my book said. Thank you!

January 6, 2016


How do you say Red Square in Russian?

November 6, 2015


I think you mean the Square near the Kremlin in Moscow, not the geometrical fugure. KoolKat09 gave you the translation of the geometrical figure. The name of the Red Square in Moscow is КРАСНАЯ ПЛОЩАДЬ.

November 6, 2015


Спасибо! This is exactly what I was looking for. :)

November 6, 2015


Красная literally translating to red btw

April 22, 2018


FYI, площадь more or less means area. The implied meaning of square is more like a town square. The actual word for the shape of a square is квадрат (Sounds like Quad-rat, which makes sense for what it is).

December 28, 2015


You can even calculate площадь квадрата, which is the size of the area of the square)))) X

January 13, 2016


Do you think 'avenue' is an accepted usage for площадь?

January 7, 2016


Well, they have the word проспект which is more or less a translation of avenue.

January 8, 2016


Math geeks will recognize the similarity between квадрат and quadrant

July 18, 2018


Im remember call of duty 1 "Come on comrades! We are retaking red square!"

February 10, 2016


Why not pronounced as 'ploshchad' instead of 'ploshchid'? I hear it like that

February 18, 2016


The pronounce here is very strange in the last word. Sounds like POSHID (I can't even hear the л ) instead of PLOSHAD

July 6, 2016


Practice will help get your ear used to the sounds of Russian, there's definitely an л in there. With regard to the second syllable - because the stress is on the first syllable, the second syllable changes. Unstressed syllables in Russian get "reduced", so they're not pronounced in full.

July 11, 2016


Площадь sounds like 'bullsh*t'

June 28, 2017


I've heard извините pronounced with a sort of "chye" sound at the end. How soft is this "T" sound? In Duolingo, it sounds harder than I've heard it before.

November 12, 2015


That's what it sounds like. Try pronouncing an Engish "T", only use the blade of your tongue instead of the tip, and try to raise your tongue (not only its blade) towards the roof of your mouth.

The woman this voice is based on uses palatalized T's a bit different from what I, as a younger speaker, use. These days T/D affricatization is more and more popular among common people as well as trained speakers. It means that "soft" Д and Т now have a slight hint of palatalazed /дз/ and /ц/— and it is not considered improper pronunciation at all! In fact, most well-paid actors pronounce it that way, too.

November 15, 2015


In English, 'please' can also be used in this context

November 22, 2015


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January 18, 2016


Im not good ebough yet

June 28, 2017


Excuse me, where is the square

February 8, 2016


So I've noticed that the word for "square" (as in city square) and the word for "horse" are relativeoy similar. Is this a coinsidence, or is there some historical reason (like idk maybe the city square was a good place to keep horse stables back in the day)? Sorry if this is random, but it struck me as odd haha

May 10, 2016


Площадь eventually is related to, say, плоский ("planar") whereas лошадь was borrowed from some Turkic language a long time ago. So, I am afraid even their remote similarity here is random (I mean, "plosk" is not much like "losh", unless you are ready to give it a lot of leeway).

May 10, 2016


This comes up way too often

May 11, 2016


How do you translate/pronounce Square in Russian? Plochedb?

June 27, 2016


I'd best describe it as plooshid

April 22, 2018


Why ,, excuse me where is the spuare?" and why not ,,excuse me where is spuare"?

July 3, 2016


It needs an article in English, "Excuse me where is square?" would be wrong in English.

July 11, 2016


Wow! I cannot read the correct pronunciation of "площадь".

July 14, 2016


Well my answer was "Where's the area?" and I thought that was true. Why? "площадь" also means "area", then why in this case, it means "square"?

December 2, 2016


It means the area of a geometric shape.

December 2, 2016


Oh I see, thanks

March 4, 2017


Excure my whee is square

May 6, 2017


How do you pronounce площадь?

May 7, 2017


Like 'bullsh*t'

June 28, 2017


Площадь sounded like bullsh*it.

July 5, 2017


I wonder what you'd think of this realty firm then.


July 5, 2017


Can anyone refer the russian letter <ь> to an english letter for me? I cannot seem to understand how to pronounce it

July 14, 2017


It is close in pronunciation to "e" in "nine".

July 14, 2017


The letter ь itself has no pronunciation, it just changes the pronunciation of the previous letter making it "soft".

This is not to be confused with the letter ы which is one letter although it is made up of two pieces. ы is like the i in fist.

June 7, 2019


what is a "square"?

June 14, 2019


What is the transliteration for площадь? Please!

January 12, 2016


Plossh shud. Say it fast,stressing the first "word"

January 13, 2016


Firstly, thanks for creating a Russian course - I am very excited to learn! I wanted to discuss the first lessons - I think that they're a little confusing. Perhaps if the first lessons dealt with absolute basics such as pleases, thankyous, how are you etc. the initial learning stage might be a little more suitable? Saying things like "He is this man" or similar are quite strange sentences to be using so early on (first unit early). Just my two cents.

January 18, 2016


Unfortunately, that is not how Duolingo works. We try to follow the overall structure Duolingo's courses usually have—and, personally, I would have completely excluded basic phrases had it not been for some demand for them.

Expressions like "Thanks" and "Good morning" do not make for great sentences; and it is beyond any doubt that Duolingo's built around sentences. Stock phrases would make sense in a dialogue. In the current structure, though, they make fro pretty repetitive sentences and very confusing ones at that because, as usual, set expressions do not make much sense, use all kinds of tough grammar and thus require a lot of rote memorization.

January 18, 2016


I said "Excuse me, where is the square?" and it said that I was incorrect but isn't "Pardon me" and "Excuse me" the same thing in Russian???

March 23, 2017


I heard ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ when it was saying Площадь

April 12, 2017


Excure my where is square

May 6, 2017


Anyone else hearing '❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤' for 'square'

May 7, 2017


Площадь sounded like ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤. Did anyone have the same experience?

July 5, 2017


I clicked the words in order but they put them not in order and i got it wrong it was very confusing. Hopefully i just accidentaly glitched it and it will go back...

July 25, 2017


How is площадь pronounced? I cant figure out if it sounds like "❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤", "pvoshit", or "ploshit" excuse the crude language in my translation.. thats just what it sounds like to me.

September 12, 2017


The language has many hook ups

December 19, 2017



January 28, 2018


Is there a way to see the prononciation of the word?

March 18, 2018


Is my hearing just really bad or did she just pronounce изви́ните within the sentence, but clicking on the loose word made her pronounce it with stress on the penultimate syllable: извини́те?

April 11, 2018


Excuse me where is the square its correct

April 28, 2018


Square sounds like ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ in russian :)))

June 5, 2018


How do you spell square in Russian using English letters? Whatever I try gets rejected

July 30, 2018


The female vokalist pronounces the sentence like this: извините где площить ? That is not what you want, but correct pronunciation is important.

July 31, 2018


Good. Good. Excuse me, just a formality.

September 15, 2018


Not to be confused with 'Где лошадь'! 'Where is the horse'! :>

October 3, 2018


Is it better to use извините or простите when asking such questions?

January 24, 2019


It is usually извините.

January 25, 2019


Диктора нормального возьмите!

January 30, 2019


Have given the correct answer multiple times and comes back incorrect.

March 16, 2019


Um guys sumthing is wrong with my phone when i listen i hear oitas

March 21, 2019


Cannot type in Russian even if I had a Russian keyboard, which I do not have on this computer, as I am only a beginner who has not learned the Russian alphabet.

April 2, 2019


The word the does is not in russin ??

April 3, 2019

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    Are Ш и щ both. Pronounced the same?

    April 8, 2019


    no, "щ" pronounced as "sh" in words "❤❤❤❤" or "sheet", and "ш" pronounced as "sh" in words "english" or "fish".

    April 8, 2019


    you can say the word "площадь" as "plo-❤❤❤❤", it's a bit like the original pronunciation, just need to soften the sound "t", as in the word "Tuesday", because there is a soft sign "ь" in the word "площадь".

    April 8, 2019


    OMG WHAT how am I supposed to type in Russian im confused i dont have a Russian keyboard !!

    April 26, 2019


    This is hard

    May 4, 2019


    Raaa raaa raaasputin

    May 12, 2019


    Im Lyla

    June 18, 2019


    Im from irap

    June 18, 2019


    извините, but how do we pronounce "площадь"

    July 9, 2019


    Im not being told the meaning of words before being asked to translate them! Ahh this is hard

    August 13, 2016


    I'm so sorry, no offence. What I hear is '❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤' here not PLOSHAD like what I thought it should be. I'M SO SORRRRRRYYY!

    August 27, 2016


    I am fluent in Russian and извините fits best for it as in English it may sound weird saying forgive me but in russian that is equivalent to excuse me

    December 8, 2017


    Why ад basically becomes ит?

    March 20, 2018


    Ya mum gay

    April 18, 2019


    I wrote "Excuse me, it this the square?" which IS the question I would ask, but I'm told it's wrong!

    November 24, 2015


    That's because the correct answer is 'Excuse me, where is the Square?' The question isn't asking if the place you're in is the square, but you're in fact asking where it is.

    December 25, 2015


    I so got this right but it says I didn't!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


    November 17, 2016


    Hmmm I'm curious about Russian Ninja movies.

    January 4, 2017


    Umm. It sounds like "Excuse me, where is the bullsh*t?" Can someone give me a latin phonetic pronunciation for the square?

    September 4, 2017



    October 15, 2017


    No that is wrong

    August 6, 2017
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