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"странный вопрос"

Translation:a strange question

November 27, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kpagcha

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zirkul
Mod
  • 1934

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".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mosfet07

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


[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).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Henry132109

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

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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 :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Henry132109

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/romannt

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zirkul
    Mod
    • 1934

    Perhaps they haven't added it to their database yet? You should definitely report it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IwantToLea20884

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cannibal17

    Феминистки что-ли


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stan560975

    It is similar to "strana/o/i/e" in italian

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