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"мой парень"

Translation:my boyfriend

November 12, 2015



Mnemonic: Think of a BOYFRIEND who is so insignificant he is PARENthentical


I see you really like mnemonics. They work wonders in language learning.


An alternative:

Isolate an approximation of the sound of the word to be learned. Romanize it and enter it into google images. Select an image that catches your eye and can be connected to the word.

I took the sound of the word to be something like pareen. Entering that into Google images produced a large number of images portraying French night club female performers. I selected one that was poster art showing a scantily clad performer posed as standing but with her upper part of her body leaning back, elbows and shoulders further back to emphasize the sexual nature of the stance. She is depicted looking off to one side with a enticing expression on her face.

So I take that image, use a two headed arrow to join it to a self created image of Brad Pitt wearing a T shirt with a big red ь on it, looking at her romantically.

The goal is to eliminate translating. I want the sound of pareen to connect directly to an image of a boyfriend. I especially want to avoid using words that don't actually have anything to do with boyfriend but with effort can be tortured into making some kind of connection.

Pareen = a poster showing a graphic of a very striking woman connecting to a responsive Brad Pitt. No words. Just the sound of Pareen and images joining the sound (Paris nightclubs) plus Russian H and the definition (girl connected to boy)

It is my job as a human to understand that boyfriend/girlfriend relationships have other dynamics in addition to those kinds of connections. The images are there to lead me in the right direction not supplement understanding.

This process usually takes about thirty seconds. Paired up with other mnemonic processes the word/image connection lasts forever. Most importantly, there is no translation required. You know what the word means in Russian, not what it means in English.

Needless to say other people will find better images in the sense they work for them better than the ones that work for me. My goal is always to avoid overthinking it. If it works, it works. I don't care if it makes some sort of sense or if other people would understand the image or the connection.

In German, the whole issue of remembering gender has disappeared for me.


You probably need some friends.


I find your comment disturbing and concerning. Yet, it was really useful, it was a weird mnemonic to your mnemonic learning technique. Thanks?


Being a little edgy can make it work better sometimes. I want the image to stick in my mind. Some people use gross images but I don't like that because it adds a disgusting tinge to what I am trying to remember.


Yes, in my humble opinion they are KEY to learning new languages. Learning without them is comparable to using horse-drawn plow when you have good strong tractor


For example л looks like a 'L'ampshade so л for L


Actually it sounds more like pine. As in pine tree. Honeslty im not sure which is more useless.


Both Duo and Forvo disagree with your suggestion that парень sounds like pine.

The English language is full of mnemonic aids. You have used them yourself. Acronyms, rhymes like thirty days hath September..... etc. What you are really saying is that mnemonic aids that you aren't familiar with already are useless. And you are correct. For you, they are useless if you believe that.


The audio for this one is kinda terrible (for a noob like me)


Yes, it is. I use Forvo.com for almost everything. I love Duolingo but the Russian pronunciation is really awful


Forvo is awesome. I learned there, that the pronounciation totally isn't "Pai". XD Thanks for reminding me of the existence of this place.




I've always seen парень used like "guy" or "dude", can it really be used to mean "boyfriend"?


Yes, it is very common for "парень" to be translated as "boyfriend". Especially if you say "мой парень". Because, would it really make sense to say something like "my dude" in English? If it's written as just "парень", then it could mean both "dude" or "boyfriend " unless there's context involved that makes one or the other a wrong translation. And if there's a possessive pronoun involved, then "парень" should be translated as "boyfriend".


Young Russians also use 'бойфренд', and on the internet I have seen them use 'плиз' = please


They literally just type the Russian letters to phonetically pronounce the English "boyfriend"? Fascinating!


ооо маи год!


Of course they would...if they dont accept English culture, their economy will be even more targetted and they'll have to send another few hundred thousand girls to useless ppl from US UK.


I know that чувак is Ukrainian slang for "dude." Does Russian use the same word?




Thank you! Nicely explained. Have a lingot!


The voice sounds like it's saying "pie". Is it really pronounced like that?


The voice is awful >_< The word should be pronounced like [ПА-рин] with soft "н.


And if i want to say "my girlfriend"?


It's better to say "моя девушка" not "подружка". The word "подружка" (or "подруга") is usually used when girls friends are. Катя - моя подруга. Мы дружим с детства. (Kate is my friend. We have been friends since childhood.)


моя падрушка


*подру́жка • f anim (genitive подру́жки, nominative plural подру́жки, genitive plural подру́жек)

diminutive of подру́га


Is парень ever translatable as "partner"? In English people will sometimes say "my partner" to refer to their spouse/significant other. Does Russian have a similar gender neutral term like English does?


This right after the sentence "your BLOOD".


how about молодой человек?


boyfriend = partner ?


парень is guy or boy, but "мой парень " "my boy", is "my boyfriend".


boyfriend es novio partner es compañero.


Interesting how they got a man's voice to say this...


Nice to see that it's not only me who think of it


A fyi. Boyfriend in English ALWAYS means there is a romantic relationship and sexual relations are either now or in the near future.


i know that america dont have an appropriate pronoun for transgender girls but does russia? somehow i doubt it. but if so, how would you go about that?


I doubt Russian even has a word for 'queer'.

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    English does have a pronoun for trans girls. It's she. Source: me, a trans girl

    You probably mean for non-binary people who aren't girls or boys, in which case, they use the plural in an attempt to emulate the English "they" (which can be both singular and plural, and is always gender-neutral), but it's clumsy and unpractical. There's no official way to refer to them. Source: my girlfriend who's Russian and knows all the lgbt people in Saint-Petersburg some of whom are non-binary.


    I don't believe so, sorry.


    I have a source that states that the literal translation for парень is lad. In English, this is usually used to mean a young teenage boy of middle school age, not yet a man. I have an idea the word has several meanings in different contexts. Would like a Russian's opinion.


    well, парень can refer to a guy up to.. Idk.. maybe 40 y.o.. it's kind of an informal word. but мой парень is definitely a boyfriend


    Correct, "парень" is a colloquial word for "young man". It works similar to "man"/"my man". But I suggest actually saying "man"(мужчина) in this context if you don't want to sound juvenile. Or you could say "partner"(партнер/партнерша), though it's less common and more ambiguous.


    Ай хад но айдиа зис хапенд.


    Why the word парень sounds like paaen, and not parin


    Guy was an option.


    У меня не есть парень.... Help :(((((


    Should be "У меня нет парня" :)


    "Parpaunaa" is Punjabi

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      this should accept bf because boyfriend has so many letters...


      why did this get pronounced to me in a male voice? : D


      Since when has the word 'парень' been an acceptable translation for a 'boyfriend', when Google refers to 'парень' as a 'guy'? Just for everyone's future reference, a much more accurate, and potentially safer word for "Boyfriend' is, in-fact 'дружок', and a girlfriend for that matter is 'Подруга': Both of which are derived from the root word for friend, 'Друг'.

      I am beginning to get the feeling that Duolingo is the 21st century equivalent of Monty Python's Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook, and not to be trusted entirely when engaging in authentic Russian conversation.


      Wiktionary clearly disagrees:


      A "дружок" seems to be a friend, a "boy friend" (with a space), but not a "boyfriend", which is a different idea. The thing is that there is no Russian word which means precisely "boyfriend" (see how other comments mention young people using "бойфренд" on the internet), and instead the idea of "boyfriend" is expressed by saying "my man" / "my lad" / "my guy" , etc. Similarly there is no specific term for "girlfriend", and instead "my woman" / "my girl" is used.

      Similarly, "подруга" means "female friend", which is very different from girlfriend.



      Also: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D0%BF%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%8C



      Support the fact that, apart from the other meanings, "парень" and "девушка" are used for "boyfriend" and "girlfriend".


      From Wiktionary:

      Noun бойфре́нд or бо́йфренд •

      (bojfrɛ́nd or bójfrɛnd) m anim

      (genitive бойфре́нда or бо́йфренда, nominative plural бойфре́нды or бо́йфренды, genitive plural бойфре́ндов or бо́йфрендов)

      (colloquial) boyfriend

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