That is not your name: the Kafkaesque world of Russian Duolingo

G'day Duolinguists,

I've been amused by the themes of example phrases for Russian, so I wrote a little blog post to share the fun.

February 21, 2018


I read that first link of yours and laughed more than I have during any Jimmy Kimmel skit...)))))))

February 21, 2018

yep! The russian course is the most popular appearance in the 'wtf duolingo' compilations scattered around the internet. courses like this are so fun to complete because the contributors' humour shines through.

February 21, 2018

Russians very funny, I say myself as Russian.

February 21, 2018

Words of Putin are incredibly funny, too. Listen to him and you often cannot stop laughing out loud!

March 5, 2018

If may notice in most of the sentences Duolingo uses for Russian, negation is everywhere. Not, "I have food" but "I don't have food." Not "That is your name" but "that is not your name." Strange....

My favorite would have to be, "you want to sleep, right?"

Great article, comrade. And best of luck on your Russian journey:)!

February 21, 2018

Bravo! Nice compilation and great storytelling! :)

My favorite from the course has got to be "Real ducks live in the house". No amount of horses, Анны, and sexual innuendos will dethrone that statement for me...

February 22, 2018

‘Это кофе или борщ?’ Смешно, но допустимо, особенно если кофе плохое. А могли бы написать что-нибудь вроде ‘Это кофе или Северный Полюс?’

February 21, 2018

Слово "кофе" всё же мужского рода, несмотря на принятые нововведения.

June 29, 2018

Yup, you've hit the bull eye. All this is probably funny for a foreign ear, but those sentences show the very important part of our mentality. That's the way we speak in our everyday lives.

June 29, 2018
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