"Пиши медленно, я ничего не понимаю."

Translation:Write slowly; I do not understand anything.

January 16, 2016



Weird sentence

January 30, 2016


I assume someone might say this to a professor who is quickly writing stuff on a whiteboard and erasing it right after.

June 29, 2017


No, in this case, you'd say, Не стирайте, пожалуйста, я не успел(а) записать.

July 10, 2017


This is such a weird sentence. "Speak slowly", I could understand. But when you're writing it's not like the words vanish moments after they're written.

Unless it's a joke, like when you comment on something and say "Here, I'll type this response slowly because I know you're an idiot".

January 16, 2016


I think they do sentences like this just to make sure we're still awake.

January 16, 2016


I suspect you're right. The Russian team probably has pot going "OK, let's throw this one in there, how long do you think it will take someone to comment on it? Closest one without going over wins."

January 16, 2016


With a prize in lingots for the winner :-)

January 17, 2016


My theory is that it actually means write carefully, I don't understand anything, meaning that I can't read your handwriting so you should go slower. This would be said by a prison guard taking a false confession in the gulag who is watching as the prisoner writes it out.

February 11, 2016


No, it doesn't have that meaning. In the case you described we would say, "Пиши аккуратно - я ничего не могу разобрать" or simply "Пиши разборчиво"

April 21, 2016


I think it's purposefully to keep you on your toes, but I could imagine someone saying this to a teacher or a tutor who is making them copy down lots of stuff.

January 18, 2016


Unless you're texting with some hyperactive woman.

June 28, 2019


I could see this if it were "write clearly" or "write carefully", if the writer is jotting things down in a hasty, illegible scrawl. But just "write slowly" with no reason why except "I don't understand" makes no sense. It's writing, you can read it at your own speed.

July 23, 2019


It’s supposed to be a joke.

July 24, 2019


"Dear Grandma, I'm writing this letter to you slowly because I know you cannot read fast."

November 30, 2017


To me this sentence makes sence. Many years ago when we were children we "wrote" letters on each others back, and the other had to tell the correct word.

February 20, 2016


I remember doing it too, but on our hairs.

May 1, 2018


А можно сказать "I nothing understand"?

June 17, 2016


Нет. Можно "I understand nothing", но звучит поэтично или архаично.

June 17, 2016


You see this sort of thing in other language training. Something funny or absurd helps you remember.

July 11, 2017


Хорошая шутка!

October 30, 2017


I guess this is meant to be amusing.

June 26, 2018


I think the sentence makes sense if someone writes too fast it makes their handwriting very rushed and messy

July 24, 2018


The sentence was just meant to be a joke.

July 24, 2018


Maybe when they write fast the writing is ugly and you can't understand anything.

December 16, 2018


A joke ! :)

January 23, 2019


Why is ничего genitive? It seems like a direct object, so would normally be accusative. Is it because of the negation of не понимаю?

April 5, 2019


You are right. The particle ни, which became a prefix in negative pronouns like ничего, is only used to enforce negation, so, historically, it is similar to “any [of that stuff]”, hence the genitive. Cf.: Я кое-что об этом знаю (I know something about it) and Я ничего об этом не знаю (I don’t know anything about it). Я не знаю ни слова по-тамильски (I don’t know a word in Tamil). Whenever a direct object starts with ни, the following noun is always put in the genitive case and the pronoun ничто becomes ничего.

April 5, 2019


"(...)I don't understand a thing"?

May 10, 2019


What's the point of lingots there's nothing in the shop to exchange them with?

May 31, 2019
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