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    Letter to Babushka

    Hello!
    I need a translation for this (somewhat long) letter, and I am in no way capable of attempting it on my own, because my Russian is very lacking.
    One person doesn't have to translate the whole letter, but if you can do one paragraph each and proof read each other's translations, it would be greatly appreciated. (I'm splitting up the paragraphs by numbers to make it more organized). Please write formally, and not as though you're speaking to a friend on the internet.

    Thank you,
    Lisa

    Here is the letter:

    Здравствуй, бабушка.

    1.) We hope you're doing well and enjoying the beautiful season of fall. It's become overly cold here in the past few weeks, and both Lisa and I have already gotten sick!

    2.) For us, these past months have been very busy. We have begun school once again in September and are now stuck in the turmoil and stresses of university life. It's a struggle finding a single moment of rest from this hectic lifestyle. In the few serene times that we have, we usually read and think about our futures.

    3.) Sometimes the thought of Zhidachev still resonates in our memories. The peaceful streets and the warmth of your home have definitely caused some nostalgia in our hearts. We really hope that our family will be united in Canada in the near future.

    4.) The past two months have been filled with plenty of birthdays. First your son's birthday-- which we celebrated by going to a family dinner at a German restaurant. On September 30, we celebrated Lisa's birthday with her family and had an enjoyable dinner at her house. The weekend of my birthday was also a series of exciting events. On Friday, Lisa planned a surprise party with my six good friends at a Russian restaurant, where we ate kasha, cherry pirogies, and Classic Kiev Chicken.

    5.)
    On Saturday, we visited Lisa's grandmother and also celebrated my birthday. On Sunday, October 8, we visited the park with our family and enjoyed the vivid fall colours of the forest. Later that Sunday, I was once again surprised with a celebration of my birthday at Lisa's aunt's house! Finally, an entire week later, my best friend's mother baked me a cake for my past birthday.

    6.) We plan to find some Russian books by Dostoevsky and Tolstoy to send to you. I have the English versions of several of their books: War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, and Notes from Underground. Also, we are sending you a pretty notebook for you to keep and occasionally write in. Hopefully to make our letters more frequent, we are sending you some decorative paper and matching envelopes.

    7.) Despite our far separation, we will never cease loving you. We pray that God will gift you with health, hope, faith, happiness, and wisdom.

    -Олежа и Лиса

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    Re: Letter to Babushka

    Quote Originally Posted by love.angel
    Hello!
    I need a translation for this (somewhat long) letter, and I am in no way capable of attempting it on my own, because my Russian is very lacking.
    One person doesn't have to translate the whole letter, but if you can do one paragraph each and proof read each other's translations, it would be greatly appreciated. (I'm splitting up the paragraphs by numbers to make it more organized). Please write formally, and not as though you're speaking to a friend on the internet.

    Thank you,
    Lisa

    Here is the letter:

    Здравствуй, бабушка.

    1.) We hope you're doing well and enjoying the beautiful season of fall. It's become overly cold here in the past few weeks, and both Lisa and I have already gotten sick!
    2.) For us, these past months have been very busy. We have begun school once again in September and are now stuck in the turmoil and stresses of university life. It's a struggle finding a single moment of rest from this hectic lifestyle. In the few serene times that we have, we usually read and think about our futures.
    Здравствуй, бабушка.

    Надеемся, у тебя всё хоршо и тебе нравится красивая осень. Здесь за последние несколько недель стало слишком холодно, и я и Лиза заболели.

    Последние несколько месяцев мы были очень заняты. Мы снова пошли в школу в сентябре и теперь завязли в суматохе и стрессах студенческой жизни. Это борьба за недолгие моменты отдыха нашего беспокойного образа жизни. В минуты отдыха мы обычно читаем и думаем о нашем будущем.


    3.) Sometimes the thought of Zhidachev still resonates in our memories. The peaceful streets and the warmth of your home have definitely caused some nostalgia in our hearts. We really hope that our family will be united in Canada in the near future.
    Иногда, мысль о Жидачеве всё ещё отдаётся в нашей памяти. Мирные улицы и тепло твоего дома определённо вызвали ностальгию в наших сердцах. Мы искренне надеемся, что наша семья воссоединится в Канаде в ближайшем будущем.


    4.) The past two months have been filled with plenty of birthdays. First your son's birthday-- which we celebrated by going to a family dinner at a German restaurant. On September 30, we celebrated Lisa's birthday with her family and had an enjoyable dinner at her house. The weekend of my birthday was also a series of exciting events. On Friday, Lisa planned a surprise party with my six good friends at a Russian restaurant, where we ate kasha, cherry pirogies, and Classic Kiev Chicken.
    Последние два месяца бызи заполнены одними днями рождения. Сначала - день рождения твоего сына, который мы отметили за семейным ужином в немецком ресторане. 30 сентября мы празновали день рождения Лизы с её семьей за восхитительным ужином у них дома. Выходные, на которые пришёлся мой день рождения, также принесли много волнующих событий. В пятницу Лиза подготовила вечеринку-сюрприз с шестью моими хорошими друзьями в русском ресторане, где мы ели кашу, вишнёвые пироги и классическую Курятину (Котлету) по-киевски.


    5.) On Saturday, we visited Lisa's grandmother and also celebrated my birthday. On Sunday, October 8, we visited the park with our family and enjoyed the vivid fall colours of the forest. Later that Sunday, I was once again surprised with a celebration of my birthday at Lisa's aunt's house! Finally, an entire week later, my best friend's mother baked me a cake for my past birthday.
    В субботу, мы навещали Лизину бабушку и ещё раз отмечали мой день рождения. В воскресение, 8 октября, мы ходили в парк с нашей семьей и наслаждались яркими красками осеннего леса. Позднее, в это же воскресение, меня ждал ещё один сюрприз, когда мой день рождения отмечался ещё и в доме Лизиной тёти. Наконец, целую неделю спустя, мама моего лучшего друга испекла мне пирог на прошедший день рождения.

    6.) We plan to find some Russian books by Dostoevsky and Tolstoy to send to you. I have the English versions of several of their books: War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, and Notes from Underground. Also, we are sending you a pretty notebook for you to keep and occasionally write in. Hopefully to make our letters more frequent, we are sending you some decorative paper and matching envelopes.
    Мы хотим найти некоторые русские книги Достоевского и Толстого, чтобы послать тебе. У меня есть англоязычные версии нескольких книг: Война и мир, Преступление и Наказания, Записки из подполья. Так же мы высылаем тебе симпатичную записную книжку, чтобы ты иногда писала. В надежде, что наши письма будут более частыми, мы посылаем тебе обёрточную бумагу (what do you mean decorative paper?) и подходящие конверты.


    7.) Despite our far separation, we will never cease loving you. We pray that God will gift you with health, hope, faith, happiness, and wisdom.

    -Олежа и Лиса
    Несмотря на нашу разлуку, мы никогда не перестанем тебя любить. Мы молемся, чтобы Господь одарил тебя здоровьем, надеждой, верой, счастьем и мудростью.

    Also If the name Олежа derives from Олег, the dimimutive form of it would be Олежка. And Lisa is Лиза по-русски.
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    Thank you, Ramil for translating the whole letter!

    By "decorative paper", I just mean regular paper with a design on it (such as a flower drawn on it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by love.angel
    Thank you, Ramil for translating the whole letter!

    By "decorative paper", I just mean regular paper with a design on it (such as a flower drawn on it).
    Well, it wouldn't be обёрточная бумага, but бумага с рисунком. I can't find anything more suitable.
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    Thank you very much Ramil!

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    Почтовая бумага (letter paper, writing paper) may be ok

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    Can somebody please proof-read what Ramil translated?
    I have found one mistake: хоршо instead of хорoшо.

    That is about the extent of my proofreading, so I need some help.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Letter to Babushka

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    Это борьба за недолгие моменты отдыха от нашего беспокойного образа жизни.

    Иногда_ мысль о Жидачеве всё ещё отдаётся в нашей памяти.

    Последние два месяца были заполнены одними днями рождения.

    В субботу_ мы навещали Лизину бабушку и ещё раз отмечали мой день рождения.

    У меня есть англоязычные версии нескольких книг: Война и мир, Преступление и Наказание, Записки из подполья.

    Также мы высылаем тебе симпатичную записную книжку, чтобы ты иногда писала.

    Мы молимся, чтобы Господь одарил тебя здоровьем, надеждой, верой, счастьем и мудростью.
    Quote Originally Posted by love.angel
    I have found one mistake: хоршо instead of хорoшо.
    It's not a mistake, it's a typo.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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