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    напевать

    this verb is translated as 1. to hum 2. to sing quietly. Does it mean both, because these are distinct concepts in English. Humming is producing a melody with your mouth closed.
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    Well, it is really a fuzzy line, because if you sing quitely you might sing so quitly so none can distinguish a word of it and the only thing they catch is just the tune of the song, so you really look like you're humming the tune to yourself rather than singing.

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    Из толкового словаря:

    напевать
    [напевать]

    1) Петь тихо, вполголоса или про себя.
    2) Воспроизводить голосом мотив, мелодию.
    3) Петь для записи.
    4) Пением навевать кому-л. какое-л. состояние, настроение.
    5) Наговаривать, навязчиво убеждать в чем-л.

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    The point of the verb is about reproducing a melody, not the method of singing or humming. If you want to specify I guess you could say он жужжит мелодию.

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    Thanks!!
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