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"Где мои кошки?"

Translation:Where are my cats?

November 20, 2015



In general, is there a difference in the pronunciations of мой and мои?


Of course. Мой rhymes with "boy". In мои the second syllable is stressed, and it is "eeh".


So they are мóй and моí ? (It's really hard to find an accent while typing in cyrillic.) Or ['moiᴶ] and [mɑ'i] in IPA symbols?


Yes, I think you're right. As о is the unstressed syllable in мои, it's said as 'uh' instead of 'oh'. Someone more experienced, please feel free to confirm, or in case I'm wrong, correct me.


Thanks, that clears it up!


The pronunciation of кошки is different when spoken within the sentence and when spoken independently (as per here). Why is that so?


Who knows. I did not look too much into the details of how they implement the turtle speed. The intonation sure seems different. As for the pronunciation, the word stays the same.


I hear an additional final "e" in the speedy version (koshki-e). Which one is more accurate?


They are both accurate. Given that palatalized consonants are pronounced with the middle part of your tongue raised, the vowels adjacent to them are also raised (if there is room to raise at all) or at least experience some glide near the border.

In essense, what you hear as an e might be the actual unstressed и after a somewhat more tense и right where it starts. There is significant allophony in Russian.


Thanks! Surely, my ear just needs to get used to these new sounds :)


I guess that the "e" sound is, in fact, a [ɪ] (unstressed и) ?

The pronunciation of кошки is [kˈoʂkʲɪ].


Doesn't кошки mean kittens, and not cats?


A Russian friend of mine (and devoted cat lady) explained: Кот: male cat Кошка : female cat Котёнок : kitten


It doesn't. A kitten is котёнок (plural котя́та).


I know Russian, I learn English ... Male Cat: Singular - кот, Plural - коты. Female Cat: Singular - кошка, Plural - кошки. Kitten: Singular - котёнок; Plural - котя́та (Shady_arc is right).


Scary 75 years old cat-lady.


Where do I see a plural here? I thought кошки meant 'cats' or 'a cat'. How do you say 'cat'


A cat is кошка. Words of Slavic origin (and most old loanwords) will end in а, я, о, е, ё or a consonant in the Nominative case (the last includes nouns that end in a consonant followed by ь).

Only indeclinable words of foreign origin can end in и in the Nominative singular—it turns out, the Russian word for "cat" is not one of them.


So, if I had to guess, мои is the plural form of моя in this instance? I know мой is used for masculine nouns and моя is used for feminine nouns, but I haven't seen мои before.


"Where is my cat?" I think this is correct


Eating eggs, no doubt

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