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"Good afternoon."

Translation:Добрый день.

December 14, 2015



What is the difference between добрый and спокойной?


·до́брый - kind, good

·споко́йный - calm

·Добрый день! - Good day!/Good afternoon!

·Спокойный ночи! - Goodnight! (lit. ‘Calm night!’)




Does день stand in for morning, day, afternoon and evening? With ночи used only for the latest night? Are there more words for other times of day that we've just not met yet, or unless it's the late night, call it a день?


Вечер is evening and there is another word for a 24-hour period.


Can anyone tell me the difference between доброе and Добрый?


Gender. Доброе is neuter and добрый is masculine.


And whether you'll use длброе or добрый depends on the word that comes after, right? If so, is the only way to know which one to use by memorisation?


Yeah, it depends on the word it's describing. There are a few rules to help you remember - words ending in consonants are masculine, words ending in -а or -я are feminine, words ending in -о or -е are neuter. Words that end in -ь can be either masculine or feminine and those ones need to be memorised. The adjective endings are more or less the same - for this example, добрый is masculine, добрая is feminine, доброе is neuter. It's quite easy to get used to the patterns with practice and time :)


Couldn't it also be "добрый вечер", or is that strictly speaking only for the late evening?

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    Вечер starts when it begins to get dark. While this might overlap with what people call afternoon, I don't think I'd use this as a translation.


    Thanks, this is really helpful!


    Добрый вечер


    how do you write in russian


    I just downloaded the Russian set for the Android keyboard


    Theres setting in your phone to get another keyboard


    im using the computer and i cant type that ;-;


    In the computer windows allows to install additional keyboards, you later change them with either the icon next to the time and date or with the shortcut, however you'll need to memorize where the letters are since that will not change your physical keyboard :P


    Note that "afternoon" has its own word. I tried putting it into "good afternoon" but it said it was wrong, and the right answer was the word for "day." DL please fix.

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      Russian doesn’t really have a word for ‘afternoon’. The most common ways to express the idea are «втора́я полови́на дня» ‘second half of the day’ or «[вре́мя] по́сле обе́да» ‘[time] after lunch’, but they don’t really work in the greetings.

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        Why is the ы necessary when there is already a й? Also, why does the word день need the ь?


        ы and й make very different sounds and are combined here. ь softens the sound before it - ден would not sound the same as день.

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          I wish I could get an example of English letters that make the same sounds, but I guess those letters don't exist in the English language. That's why it's so hard to understand how to pronounce them in Russian. From the examples of pronunciation I have heard from Duolingo, е, й, and ы, and even и sound so similar, that I can't hear the difference. Same with ь. I can't hear the nuance of that character, and I don't know what in means to soften the n sound. An "n" is an "n" to me.


          Yeah, the Duolingo pronunciations can make it tricky to get used to the sounds in any language. But if you spend a little time listening to native speakers you should pick up on it fairly quickly. This is an oversimplification but here's a guide for the vowel sounds:

          е: 'yeh'

          и: 'ee'

          й: the 'y' in 'key' (or in 'yeh' without the 'eh', always combined with other vowels)

          ы: the 'u' in 'sugar' (sound is formed towards the back of the mouth)

          Hard/soft sounds can be harder to distinguish but again it gets easier over time. And rest assured you will be understood by native speakers even if your pronunciation is a little off :)


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          I can't figure out how to get a russian keyboard :/


          Whats Difference between добрый and доброе?


          Добрый is masculine whilst доброе is neuter. So you'd say добрый день but доброе утро since день is masculine and утро is neuter.


          Why Добрый .. why not доброе ..


          how can i write this without cyrillic letters on my computer?!


          In your computer settings there will be an option to enable other keyboard layouts.


          It seems like the only true difference between добрый и спокойной in how you use them in conversation is that i have yet to see добрый ночи

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