"У моей сестры рыжие волосы."

Translation:My sister has ginger hair.

November 26, 2015

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I remember my host sister/friend in Ulyanovsk trying to dye her hair blonde and it came out kind of strawberry blonde, and she was looking in the mirror going "I'm ginger! I'm ginger!" Never going to forget this adjective lmao


I think I'm falling in love with Russian animation. A professor showed me Винни Пух a few weeks ago, and it might be the actual best thing ever.


Look up. "The disobedient kitten" (1953) or "Котенок по имени Гав" these are some of the best.


Is hostility to redheads common in Russia also? Are there specific mythological/folk beliefs about the significance of red hair?
[Note: I'm not taking the cartoon too seriously - it just set me wondering...]


I wouldn't call it hostility though the fact can become a reason for jokes by other children because they can stand out. There is an expression "Что я, рыжий, что ли?" which literally means "Am I a redhead or something?" but should be understood as "Am I not like everyone else?".


In English, there's the phrase "red-headed stepchild" for someone not being treated well by others


I know red hair was once considered "of the devil," as was left-handedness.


So волос isn't a mass noun?


No. Волос means a single string of hair, while волосы means hair in whole.


Finally! Something that makes sense!


Sorry to say that but волос can also be plural. For example: "You have a lot of hair on your head" (meaning the amount/quantity) would be "у тебя много волóс на голове". However bear in mind that вóлос still means one string and if you say "у тебя много вóлос на голове" everyone will still understand what you mean but it will just sound strange... hope it helps


Рыжие? I thought the word for "red" is красний


I never heard anyone refer to hair as красный - рыжий is the proper term for red when it refers to hair colour.


Kinda like "blond" instead of yellow in English?


Yup, that's a really good example! I was trying to think of one earlier but my brain refused to cooperate. Now I think about it, brunette works, too.


They also have special words for brown when referring to hair and eyes, typical in the Russian language. каштановые волосы, шатен. And brown eyes are карые глаза.


One post above reads it's borrowed from French "rouge".


Yep, but ginger and red are similar. Not the same.


Does she pronounce it cЁстры? Although it is written сестры?


Yes she does. This error is beeing repeated throughout the course

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    Yeah. сестры́ is the genitive singular, and that's what being used here. The pronunciation, on the other hand, is сёстры, which is the nominative plural.


    So ginger hair instead of red as the descriptor, but would you still use "красный" if someone had dyed cherry red hair?


    Yes, if the hair is literally red, "красные" would be used. But it's only for dyed hair, because no natural shade of human hair is red enough to be called "красные".


    According to Forvo, the pronunciation is very close to the word for red meaning "rouge." рыжие pronunciation = rouge-yeah. https://forvo.com/search/%D1%80%D1%8B%D0%B6%D0%B8%D0%B5/ru/


    And Americans never say Ginger hair. I've never heard anyone say that here.


    I was once a "ginger-bammy" as we are known in Scotland. Being called "ginger" is sometimes taken to be a term of abuse. In this politically correct age, I suggest that DL stops all references to ginger tom cats and ginger hair!


    What is wrong with my sister has red hair?


    Why is sister in genitive?


    у + genitive shows possession, where the possessor is in the genitive case. So if I want to say that my sister possess something I say у моей сестры


    What I was looking for, Danke


    I went with "My sister is a ginger" - which should be correct in common usage ;)


    That would be "Моя сестра рыжая"?


    Ginger hair is ref hair


    Рыжие sounds like Rouge ( red ) in french.


    There is an actual hint that says "red" (about hair), and it wasn't accepted. What is up with that?! It's much more common to say "red hair" than ginger


    I put red hair and it wanted ginger only. On a happy note, the new readers are so much better than the old ones!

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