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"Извините, где мужской туалет?"

Translation:Excuse me, where is the men's restroom?

November 29, 2015



Why is "room" an option? Shouldn't туалет mean "toilet"? Is it a reference to the the film "The Room"? Hehehehe


Туалет means "toilet" in the sense of bathroom or restroom but it is common to just say "men's/women's room" to convey the meaning of bathroom since I think we don't like hinting at bodily functions when trying to be polite in conversation.


as a foreigner, that sounds weird and possible to have double meaning... I would rather use bathroom then... But as my Russian teacher have told me a few days ago (after I've taken this exercise), Russian houses have the toilet room separated from the bath/shower room. I guess that's the reason why Russians would ask specifically for the toilet.

Edit: I have lived in Ireland for half a year and it seems that that issue with the word toilet is exclusive to the USA. I've only seen "restroom" as the name for the toilet in US American restaurants there like Fridays and McDonalds, but the normal places would use "toilet"


Yes, in normal places people don't find it embarrasing to hint at bodily functions. In a sanctimonious country like USA though...


IwantToPea - I think you're right!


The Russian word туалет, just like the English word, come directly from the French word, but that's about the only similarity. It has nothing to do with whether the "toilet" (hygienic device) is collocated with the restroom or not. In English you can also ask for the "toilet", or the restroom or the bathroom or the WC/water closet >_>.


In Brazil there is the word "toalete", also (I say in Brazil because I don't really know about the other Portuguese speaking countries). But it's not common to be used. Sounds too posh for us. One would only use it in an expensive restaurant when you get a bit embarrassed of asking for the bathroom.

Usually we would use the word "banheiro", which means "the place where you bath" or "the place that has a bathtub inside" (the act of taking a shower/bath = banho | bathtub = banheira)

While at it, I've just realised that "banho" sounds a lot like "баня" (banho is pronounced like "банё")


The real question is

Why is a Woman asking that question ?!


"Gents' toilet(s)" should also be accepted


"gentlemen's toilet" reported Jun2020.

Okay, I know that's probably unusual, but it's what I'd say.

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    What about lavatory? It's a common-though kinda formal-saying too. When restroom is accepted, maybe it should be too.


    In this bizarre gender free world of ours today I suppose that "powder room" should also be accepted as the go to gender neutral non-discriminatory most correct answer to nature's call!


    When "туалет" is "a bathroom" and when "a restroom", duolingo? Earlier all bathroom now restroom and bathroom rejected.


    We say toilet in Australia

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