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"моя мышь"

Translation:my mouse

December 22, 2015



What should I write, to solve this execise? I tried everything: moj, moy, maja, maya, maja, majo, mojo, mus, mush, mish, mesh, etc. Please help!


я = ya, This is why I rather learn the Russian alphabet and use it, because you still need to come up with the right spellings in the Latin letter versions and for me it is more memorable in the Russian letters. "моя" is the version of "my" for feminine words, so now we know that the word for mouse in Russian is feminine: "Мышь"


For me, it's not a question of learning the russian alphabet, or changing to the russian alphabet on the computer: the problem is that the letters are all in different places on the keyboard! How on earth am I supposed to remember where they are?


You can minimize the window just a tad and stick this window in a corner of the screen, until you learn it. Use notepad and practice, top row, middle row, bottom row, then with ALT or Shift. If you decide to save something on notepad though, save it as Unicode (Endcoding). You can take a sharpie to tape and make little stickies for your keyboard if you like. Some online places sell Russian alphabet keyboard stickers. https://www.microsoft.com/resources/msdn/goglobal/keyboards/kbdru.html


That's why I use the Russian mnemonic keyboard. Every letter can be located at their English counterpart, eg. И = I, Д = D, etc. Some letters can be written by multiple characters (hence the name "mnemonic"), eg. Я = YA, Ё = YO, etc.

This makes typing in Russian very straightforward. Just type moya and you get моя.

The layouts may vary in different operating systems. The Windows 8/10 layout is detailed here.


I used this website and found it very helpful. You can change it to Russian in the settings. It is programmed to only let you progress to new bookstaves once the ones you have are fairly well-mastered--in fact, it was a program like this that tought me to type with the English keyboard when I was a kid!



mish mush mesh mash xD


м=m/ ы=i/ ш(ь)=sh ~~мышь=mish=mouse


Have you tried moya


Is this also a term of endearment ?


I was wondering that as well! I think it can be, if you want it to be


мышка — sure.


I wonder why Eric Snowden would rather be playing a play station 4 each day then be here in Duolingo learning Russian which Eric says he's awful at? Some smart spy, LOL


I can't hear a difference between ш and шь


ь after hushes (ш, щ, ж, ч) at the end of feminine nouns is just a spelling convention in modern Russian:

  • feminine: мышь, брешь, помощь, ночь, дрожь, вещь, дичь, ложь
  • masculine: марш, ковш, борщ, луч, нож, шабаш, врач, гараж, багаж

Hush consonants used to be palatalized; then Ш and Ж hardened up. Anyway, all hushes have their "softness" fixed in modern Russian, so from the point of view of pronunciation it would not matter if you spelt them with a soft sign or without it. Instead, they are spelt consistently to reflect what the word is. For example, the 2nd person singular non-past form of a verb also has a soft sign in its personal ending: «Ты видишь мышь?»


Thanks Shady... so is this as straightforward as saying that if you see шь at the end of a noun it's always feminine, and if it's just ш then the word is always masculine?


Exactly. However, if it isn't a hush consonant, and the word does not have an easily recognizable masculine/feminine suffix—use a dictionary. Months are all masculine, though.

-ТЕЛЬ is an analogue of "-er" in English and is masculine, so if you are sure it is a suffix — you are done. For example, выключатель is literally a "turnoff-er", учитель a "teach-er"

-ОСТЬ is similar to the English "-ity" and makes abstract nouns. For example, относительность is relativity.

There are some other tricks you can use — for instance, only feminine nouns end ing -ЗНЬ (боязнь "fear, phobia", болезнь "disease", казнь "execution"). However, I doubt it will pay off for a beginner. -ending nouns are a minority. A small list of 20 nouns will get you through top-1000 words in Russian. About 80 nouns with genders memorized are enough for 3000 most popular words (if you use exclude a few dozen тель/ость-suffixed nouns and month names).


perfect, спасибо


Thanks for these tips; they're very helpful. Nouns ending in -(н)ость are always feminine, are they not?


"Гость" ("guest") is masculine. Otherwise you are correct (at least I can't think of another exception).


That's terrific. I now understand the notes in Animals 1 about hush consonants. Thanks!


Is this a computer mouse or the animal?


It works for both. In speech, a computer mouse is usually called мышка.


What is the difference between mice and mouse?


mice is the plural of "mouse".

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