Russian Immersion: Незнайка в Солнечном городе (Dunno in Sun City)

(For those who don't know what the "Immersion" is: this is a Duolingo tool which allows to do collaborative translations of uploaded texts)

So, this is a well-known fairy tale about the adventures of the little fellows (mites) living in a utopia like small world. Written by Russian children's writer Nikolay Nosov in 1958. The main character is this guy:

(Незнайка → не знаю → (I) don't know → Dunno)

The Wikipedia article:

Since the first book (The Adventures of Dunno and his Friends) is already translated, I uploaded the second book (of three). All the three books are completely independent.

Here is the link for the chapter one in Immersion:
All other chapters are accessible from the Discuss page there.

If you decide to participate, please follow the naming conventions and punctuation rules listed on the Discuss page.

Other Russian Immersion translations are listed here:

August 15, 2016


Wow, so interesting to know that foreigners are acquainted with the character of my childhood :)

August 15, 2016

Sorry to disappoint you, but I'm not a foreigner, I'm just interested in translating into English.

August 16, 2016

It's even better :)

August 18, 2016

I'll admit this foreigner hadn't heard of Незнайка before mosfet suggested this. This guy though:

August 16, 2016

You can watch a cartoon based on the third book:

(Cheburashka cartoons are here:

August 16, 2016

Thanks a bunch for keeping the Russian immersion articles coming! :)

August 16, 2016

A Soviet children's book character, going to Sun City, famous for its luxury resort and casino, in apartheid era South Africa, seems kind of contradictory to the political aims of the former Soviet Union....

August 17, 2016

You take it too seriously. How many people in the Soviet Union, do you think, had heard about a small town in Africa, established 20 years after this book was written?

August 17, 2016

I read this book several times as a child (Czech translation) :-))

August 20, 2016

Wow! I am looking forward when duolingo will open Czech here! It's coming soon! I was studying in Hradec Kralove for 3 months and started learning Czech, and I really want to continue!

August 20, 2016

Than you can practice your Czech with me and I wil practice my Russian with you:-)

August 21, 2016

It looks like these are all inaccessible now. :(

June 17, 2017

Immersion is gone. We are trying Zanata now (from chapter 18). Tell me if you're interested.

June 17, 2017

I'm sad to hear that. :(

Two questions: Is Immersion gone for all languages as well? (I have only been studying Russian here.) Also, I'm definitely interested, but is it okay if I'd be terrible at it?

June 17, 2017

Yes, they removed Immersion six months ago.

We haven't really started with Zanata yet (and I'm still not sure it suits us, it was created for translating software), but you're welcome until you're not doing really bad things :)
Tell me your username there and I'll add you.

June 17, 2017
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