"старший сын"

Translation:an older son

November 16, 2015

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/servolock

My oldest son is named Andy. Since I have three sons, I never talk about him being the "older" son. Just oldest, middle and youngest. Do Russians use "старший сын" in the same way that I use "oldest son" ?

November 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

From the beginning of the The Little Humpbacked Horse (Конёк-Горбунок) tale (Pyotr Yershov, 1834):

...
У старинушки три сына:
Старший умный был детина,
Средний сын и так и сяк,
Младший вовсе был дурак.
...

...
Of his sons — and he had three,
Th'eldest sharp was as could be;
Second was nor dull nor bright,
But the third — a fool all right.
...

Russian illustrated text: http://lib.ru/LITRA/ERSHOW/konek.txt_with-big-pictures.html
English text: https://russian-crafts.com/tales/horse.html

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Sorry, no offense ;)

November 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/servolock

Perfect. Thank you!

November 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

There is a Soviet cartoon of the same name if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ngwh5r7tW4 (English subtitles)

November 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AnUnicorn

Спасибо! I find kids' educational TV to be helpful when learning a language; it gives me a chance to hear the language in action, but at a pace I can understand. (Also, I just like cartoons.)

December 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Vassiliavk

Thanks, that is very nice! I'll be sure to watch it when I'll know enough about russian to understand it!

November 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam82-

Wow! I am already watching this, Are you a Russian native speaker? If so, would you say the subtitles are accurate in this one?

March 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

Looks like the subtitles are made from that English translation. They basically convey the meaning, yes, but this tale contains so many old and vernacular words, that I suppose it's hardly understandable even for modern native children.

March 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/brunocerv

Why not just "old son"?

April 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Alex393781

старый сын

May 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/servolock

So, then, shouldn't "oldest son" also be accepted for ""старший сын" ? DL still marks it wrong. Did I misunderstand something?

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

It should be, I suppose. Try to report next time.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/servolock

I did already. Twice. They must be overloaded.

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/websmasha

How to make sense of IE words- sin-son, voda-water (vader, I guess?)

May 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/websmasha

nice!

May 9, 2017
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