"Он нормальный человек, и это хорошо."

Translation:He is a normal person, and that is good.

December 15, 2015

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Pfff, that's really subjective.


It is very much in line with russian culture and principles though.


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Here in Kazakhstan, it seems to me that people use normaln- to mean corrrect/OK/acceptable rather than normal.


Why is it good that he's normal? Maybe it would be better of he was weird.


"he is a normal guy and that is good" should be acceptable here


"Guy" means "парень" in Russian, it is masculine. "Person" - "человек", "личность" - uses for both genders.


Thanks for clarification.


Are they not interchangable? Specially when the pronome is Он?


Yes, but every word (guy, person, etc.) has its own translation.


That's not how translation works.


I mean that words don't correspond one-to-one. My impression is that человек is used much more widely in Russian than person in English. Therefore, it may be appropriate to choose a different word here, like guy.


Do you mean that the word "person" can be translated in Russian as a "guy"?


So Личность is person Quite interesting ! Народ is people like люд. Can I swap them ?


"Ordinary person"?


Who wants to be normal? Not me


человек – чело|век

Is человек a compound word consisting of чело, an archaic word for лоб (forehead), and век, meaning ‘century’? This is strange...why would ‘human’ or ‘person’ be ‘forehead century’ in Russian?

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    Человек is not a divisible word in modern Russian. It has existed for long time, underwent various sound changes, and now we can't say what is its etymology for sure.

    The Max Vasmer's etymological dictionary lists two main hypotheses:

    • Человек might have originally meant 'a child of a family', and later came to mean any child, and then any human being. Чело- is related to челядь 'servants' (originally, 'family'; the original meaning was lost in Russian, but kept in some other Slavic languages, such as Bulgarian and Czech). And век is related to Lithunian vaĩkas 'boy, child' and Latvian vaiks 'boy, child'. Lithuanian and Latvian are distant relatives of Russian, so if they have this word, it's possible that Russian had it too, in the past.
    • Человек migth have originall meant ''full of strength, full of age", and originally refert to adults, but then came to mean any human being. Then, чело- is related to целый, and век is indeed related to 'age' (this word underwent a big change of meaning: originally it meant 'strength', but then it came to mean 'life' and 'age of a person'; and then 'century', because people live roughly a century — ideally, at least; the original meaning 'strength' is retained in Lithuanian, which is a distant relative of Russian. The meaning 'life' is retained in some compounds, like «на своём веку́» 'in one's lifetime'.).

    [N.B. I don't actually know all those languages mentioned, I'm just retelling the dictionary. For all doubts, refer to it. To see this dictionary, go to http://starling.rinet.ru/cgi-bin/main.cgi?flags=eygtmnl , click on 'search' near Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary, and then enter the word inside the 'WORD' field.]

    Anyway, the word человек was created very long ago, so we can't be sure what it meant originally. We can only make hypotheses.

    However, most likely it wasn't formed from чело meaning 'forehead', because back in that time when the word человек appeared, the word for 'forehead' looked differently: it is believed to have had -ес- that later disappeared. So, if the «человек» would have been formed from this word, we'd expect it to be **челесовек, not человек.

    The explanation «человек = чело + век» is not a scholarly explanation, it was created by ordinary people trying to understand their language. As such, it's an interesting observation. It helps to see how ordinary people understand this word. So, we can conclude that people associate humans with:

    • intelligence, because чело 'forehead' is a reference to head, a place of brains, and
    • being mortal, i.e. living only until some age.

    But this is just how people without linguistic knowledge can explain this word. So, it's not about how it was originally created. It's about how we understand 'being human' now.


    О, теперь я понимаю. Thank you for explaining! Спасибо большое за объяснение, Серая Жаба!


    Trying to determine the etymology or meaning of words by breaking them into what look like their parts without knowing where the word came from often yields really bizarre results in English. For instance, 'sandwich' has nothing whatsoever to do with sand, and turbotax is accounting software, not a long-handled tool for chopping down flatfish.

    I see no reason why it should be any different in Russian. :)


    Он спит всю ночь и работает весь день?


    Нормальные is used a lot in spoken russian, for something like ok, average, ordinary


    My ex (native Russian) says нормалн here means not crazy


    The feminine TTS voice pronounces as a sort of х the terminal й, which is usually mute or a very short "ee" , so the word нормальный ( "narmalny" when pronounced by the male voice) becomes "narmalnysh". Is that an artifact or a real way of speaking ?


    Why not "He is a common man"?


    That would be "он обычный человек", the difference between these sentences are:

    "Он нормальный человек" - he doesn't have any deviations

    "Он обычный человек" - he's not a governor, not a judge, not a powerful man, he is a simple person.


    Out of curiosity, I searched "обычные люди" as in the Pulp song "Common People", and found that the song was translated as "Простые люди". What's the difference between обычный and простой?


    Обычный человек: An ordinary person is a person with standard thinking. He lives and does everything just like everyone else. Простой человек: A simple person is honest, reliable, sincere, and therefore understandable. In addition, a simple person is friendly to all people !The negative meaning of simplicity is naivety, turning into stupidity, a limited mind, as in the proverb "simplicity is worse than theft". (простота хуже воровства)


    Thanks for the reply! In that case, I personally think обычные люди would be a better translation XD


    Oh, I see. Thanks for clarifying


    the same meaning as "commoner" (someone with little power, not a king) VS a normal man (someone not different from others)


    "Он нормапьный человек и это хорошо" Where is the typo?


    Нормапный, should be л


    Yes - found it after having posted. Always happens. Thanks and sorry.


    Sounds like something an alien would say to me, Im not falling for it


    me trying to force myself to like men to convince myself that i wasn't a lesbian in 7th grade


    "Your husband is soooo plain and boring"


    No one in America asks someone "are you normal?" As if I could ask a Russian are you глупий? If i knew someone had a problem with life I world approach the subject far more carefully. Than to make an obvious blunder. But, is become a common habit within Russian culture to ask are you normal?


    Well, you could definitely say this in either language without being asked whether the person is "normal."


    Is there a Russian equivalent to "Joe Schmoe" (just an average person)?


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