"странный вопрос"

Translation:a strange question

November 27, 2015

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/kpagcha

Is it just a coincide that странный sounds a bit like "strange"?

November 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/zirkul
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Both languages are Indo-European. The older the word, the more likely it to have some resemblance in both languages. Then, of course, there are loan words (I don't think this one of them.)
If anything, it's strange there aren't that many of those "coincidences".

November 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

Wiktionary says that "странный" (strange) as well as "страна" (land, country) both are from "сторона" (side).

November 28, 2015

[deactivated user]

    A bit of nitpicking: страна is not really derived from сторона. They both come from the same Proto-Slavic word, but сторона is the original Russian word, while страна is a borrowing from Church Slavonic (cf. город/град, холод/хлад, золото/злато).

    April 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Henry132109

    what's the adjective for страна if it isn't странный?

    странский, странневой, странновый, странческий... all seems wrong.

    October 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kundoo

    It's "страновой". However Wiktionary doesn't have this word and insists on "страновый". I guess, the fact that I had to google it to be sure, despite being a native speaker, shows that it's not the most common word in Russian :)

    October 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Henry132109

    Big thanks to you!!! (all my guesses were wrong LOL)

    December 13, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/romannt

    Why don't they accept "an odd question"?

    August 8, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/zirkul
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    Perhaps they haven't added it to their database yet? You should definitely report it.

    August 8, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/IwantToLea20884

    Где я была всю ночь? Странный вопрос! Разве я не свободная женщина, которая уходит и приходит, когда захочет?

    July 17, 2017
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