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    A few questions?

    Hi everyone. I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the correct place or not, I apologize if it's not.

    1. In the word сегодня, does the letter г make a V sound? The audio lessons that I am taking make it sound that way.

    2. When I look up the phrase "I want to have supper" in a few translators, I get this answer: Я хочу иметь ужин. Again, in the audio lessons that I am taking, the word for "to have supper" is a little different. If I were to guess, I would sat it sounded like this: Я хочу пооужынить. Similar to пообедать.

    Thanks everyone.

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    Re: A few questions?

    Quote Originally Posted by coldspell
    1. In the word сегодня, does the letter г make a V sound? The audio lessons that I am taking make it sound that way.
    Yes. Сегодня is pronounced [си-вод-ня]

    Quote Originally Posted by coldspell
    2. When I look up the phrase "I want to have supper" in a few translators, I get this answer: Я хочу иметь ужин. Again, in the audio lessons that I am taking, the word for "to have supper" is a little different. If I were to guess, I would sat it sounded like this: Я хочу пооужынить. Similar to пообедать.

    Thanks everyone.
    "Я хочу иметь ужин" is wrong. It doesn't sound Russian. The correct variant is: Я хочу поужинать.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    спасибо

    Thank you very much for clarifying that for me.

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    Re: A few questions?

    Quote Originally Posted by coldspell
    Hi everyone. I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the correct place or not, I apologize if it's not.

    1. In the word сегодня, does the letter г make a V sound? The audio lessons that I am taking make it sound that way.

    2. When I look up the phrase "I want to have supper" in a few translators, I get this answer: Я хочу иметь ужин. Again, in the audio lessons that I am taking, the word for "to have supper" is a little different. If I were to guess, I would sat it sounded like this: Я хочу пооужынить. Similar to пообедать.

    Thanks everyone.
    Here's where you are going wrong:

    You don't use translators to learn Russian.

    Just because in English you say "I want to have supper" doesn't mean that every other language will use the exact same construction.

    Translators do things word for word. They work like this:
    I = я
    want = хочу
    to have = иметь
    supper = yжин.

    You need to get a dictionary. Look up the word 'supper', and it should have 'to have supper'.

    You have to see each part of a sentence as a complete unit having a meaning. Translating word for word doesn't work.
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    Translating word for word doesn't work.

    Yes, keep it in mind! It's very important for those who translate from English into Russian. Often we have other structures.)

    And be careful with the phrase "иметь кого-л./что-л.". It also means 'to have sex with'.

    I wonder if anyone would correct me suppouse I had typed 'other contractions'.))
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaya
    Translating word for word doesn't work.

    Yes, keep it in mind! It's very important for those who translate from English into Russian. Often we have other structures.)

    And be careful with the phrase "иметь кого-л./что-л.". It also means 'to have sex with'.

    I wonder if anyone would have corrected me if I had typed 'other contractions'.))
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaya
    Translating word for word doesn't work.

    Yes, keep it in mind! It's very important for those who translate from English into Russian. Often we have other structures. / constructions [better])

    And be careful with the phrase "иметь кого-л./что-л.". It also means 'to have sex with'.

    I wonder if anyone would correct me suppouse I had typed 'other contractions'.))
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    Thank you, TATY.
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    Thanks for the advice. I'll head over to Amazon and order a dictionary right now.

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    Oh, by the way, coldspell, we are sorry, we have forgotten to answer your third question (really, you wrote "few questions", not "two questions", yes!). I mean this one:

    A few questions?
    So, my answer is:
    Yes, few questions. For certain.

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    You can use also an online-dictionary, i.e. this one:

    supper:
    lingvo.ru

    ужинать:
    lingvo.ru
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Thanks again Оля. I just bookmarked that site.

    I was also thinking about buying this dictionary to carry around with me. It seems to have good pretty reviews. Is there a better one out there?

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    The best dictionaries are Oxford or Collins.

    http://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Oxford-Rus ... 759&sr=1-2

    That's a good one to start with. The layout is clear, apectual pairs are always given.

    It does cover both American English and British English.

    Ignore reviews on Amazon, the people that write them don't know what they are talking about.
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    Ordered, thanks TATY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TATY
    Quote Originally Posted by Zaya
    Translating word for word doesn't work.

    Yes, keep it in mind! It's very important for those who translate from English into Russian. Often we have other structures.)

    And be careful with the phrase "иметь кого-л./что-л.". It also means 'to have sex with'.

    I wonder if anyone would have corrected me if I had typed 'other contractions'.))
    I just tried to avoid double 'if'. So, it's unnecessary? Is it possible at all?
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    I vote for the Katzner dictionary. More examples of how to use words and MUCH better print quality than the Oxford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by capecoddah
    I vote for the Katzner dictionary. More examples of how to use words and MUCH better print quality than the Oxford.
    По теме: http://masterrussian.net/mforum/viewtop ... ner#111992
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    Yes. Typically, the second 'if' would be replaced by 'had I'.
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