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    Question Help with a Russian Expression...

    Hi everyone,

    This is a question about an expression that I have been unable to find online. I was talking someone today and he mentioned something about an expression used when he was younger. It's something someone might say in an argument or a tense situation when a joke or teasing is no longer amusing. The person whose anger is escalating would then say something along the lines of:

    "Hey guys, hold me back before I have a go/take a swing at/go for him!"

    It's used to denote anger that is fast escalating to the point where you feel you will lose control. Does anybody have any idea what this expression in Russian might be?

    Please can you type it out phonetically as I'm just starting out here and I have no way of reading Russian or understanding the alphabet just yet. This expression just intrigued me so I would like to know what it is and how it would be pronounced.

    Thanks for all your help in advance.

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    P.S. Could I also ask for the literal translation of the expression? I find this often helps me in my understanding of how the languages works from a structural as well as cultural point of view.

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    Sorry - no transliterating.

    Держите меня семеро!
    Hold me back! Nothing less than seven men should be able to restrain me, my anger is so great!

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    Hey alexB, thank you so much for that! I now have a week to practice my pronounciation in my attempt to impress. It's a great expression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VioletDisregard View Post
    Hi everyone,

    It's something someone might say in an argument or a tense situation when a joke or teasing is no longer amusing. The person whose anger is escalating would then say something along the lines of:

    "Hey guys, hold me back before I have a go/take a swing at/go for him!"
    I guess it would be better to say:
    "Сейчас получишь" seichas poluchish ( more colloquial and widespread but not right: "schas poluchish" )

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    Another Alex Thanks for that, this is all really good stuff. I'm getting quite excited about learning more now. It's always good to have more than one way to say something!

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    Зачем рассказывать человеку, как ему выражать гнев или ярость на русском? Кто знает, против кого будет направлена эта угроза. Давайте лучше воздерживаться от такой помощи.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VioletDisregard View Post
    Please can you type it out phonetically as I'm just starting out here and I have no way of reading Russian or understanding the alphabet just yet. This expression just intrigued me so I would like to know what it is and how it would be pronounced.
    Pay attention to this thread. If you will learn the phrase just "phonetically", probably no native speaker would understand you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lampada View Post
    Зачем рассказывать человеку, как ему выражать гнев или ярость на русском? Кто знает, против кого будет направлена эта угроза. Давайте лучше воздерживаться от такой помощи.
    Правильно! Пусть просто скалит зубы и размахивает кулаками! Заодно, может быть, звук "ы" освоит.
    "Россия для русских" - это неправильно. Остальные-то чем лучше?

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    I'm starting to think I might have some quite considerable difficulty getting my English tongue around Russian pronunciation...but I have had some success in the past with French and Polish so hopefully I'll get there. Maybe I should have started with something simpler like "Hello" rather than opting for an adventurous expression like the above. Giving myself a one week deadline probably isn't going to help. I'll let you all know how it goes Thanks for all your help guys.

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    Sam, you might want to use a new section of the forum to help you Individual Tutoring for Russian. You can make a recording of yourself pronouncing the words or phrases you want to learn and post a link to it under your folder. Then forum users can comment on your success (or fail) and if needed make a recording in Russian for you.
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    Anyone tested the service on Vocaroo | Record and send voice emails?
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    Awesome, I will look into that...as soon as I have the facility for recording myself. Thanks

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