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    1 small phrase...

    The last sentence really bugs me :

    "Может, завтра совсем по-другому
    Я уйду, исцеленный навек,
    Слушать песни дождей и черемух,
    Чем здоровый живет человек. "

    I really have no clue how to translate that ?

    Thanks for your help!

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    Чем здоровый живет человек. = How a healthy man lives.

    So I'll try to translate the quatrain.


    "Maybe tomorrow I'll go away in a completely different manner, healed for ever, and will listen to songs of rains and bird cherries how a healthy man lives."

    Maybe it looks awkward but I hope you get the idea.
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    Thanks !

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    May be it's better to not be so literal in this case. "Чем здоровый живет человек" is "al the things that make a normal person happy". Meaning - all this songs of rain and trees can make a normal man's day

    "чем живет" is a colloquialism, means "things, that make life worthwhile"
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    May be it's better to not be so literal in this case.
    Of course, it'd be better. But that was all I could come up with at that moment
    Although I also thought about putting "normal" instead of "healthy" in my translation.
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    "things, that make life worthwhile"
    Or:

    All that makes life worthwhile
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    Re: 1 small phrase...

    Quote Originally Posted by wilco000
    The last sentence really bugs me :

    "Может, завтра совсем по-другому
    Я уйду, исцеленный навек,
    Слушать песни дождей и черемух,
    Чем здоровый живет человек. "

    I really have no clue how to translate that ?

    Thanks for your help!
    The last line puzzles me too, though I am a native Russian speaker.
    Either some punctuation is missing or the phrase disfigures the grammar. Let's rephrase the verse:
    Может быть, я завтра уйду... (как?) совсем по-другому (делать что?) слушать песни ... чем (кто?) and here is another sentence:живёт здоровый человек.

    And here:
    ... слушать песни, (которыми) живёт здоровый человек.

    to hear songs which let a healthy man live.

    That которыми is really necessary when comprehending the sense but it is too long to fit the measure.
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    жить чем-либо = to really enjoy something (and that thing alone), or smth like that.
    It's an idiom, a rather rare one these days.

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