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    на русском v по-русски

    Is there a difference between на русском v по-русски grammatically? Is it kind of like "para/por" in Spanish, or just a matter of preference?
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    Re: на русском v по-русски

    Quote Originally Posted by sonyabazarova
    Is there a difference between на русском v по-русски grammatically? Is it kind of like "para/por" in Spanish, or just a matter of preference?
    Спасибо,
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    When you're saying "I speak Russian," what you really mean is either:

    1. I speak Russian language = Я говорю на русском языке.

    2. I speak "like Russians" = Я говорю по-русски.

    So, the difference is only in usage. When you hear someone's saying: "Я говорю на русском." (which is incorrect), you'd know right away they don't really speak Russian that well.

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    Re: на русском v по-русски

    But how about if I was trying to say.. "This means _____ in Russian." на русском или по-русски?

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    Re: на русском v по-русски

    Quote Originally Posted by sonyabazarova
    But how about if I was trying to say.. "This means _____ in Russian." на русском или по-русски?
    Я бы предпочёл вариант: "На русский язык слово ___<ENGLISH WORD>____ переводится как __<RUSSIAN WORD>___."

    Or, to be closer to your original: "На русский язык это слово переводится как __<RUSSIAN WORD>___."

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    Re: на русском v по-русски

    спасибо за ответ.

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    Re: на русском v по-русски

    Quote Originally Posted by sonyabazarova
    But how about if I was trying to say.. "This means _____ in Russian." на русском или по-русски?
    По-русски is preferable. Depends on context though.

    P.S. Example:
    Скажи ему "por favor". По-русски это [значит] "спасибо".
    ("ну русском" wouldn't work here)
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: на русском v по-русски

    Ок спасибо. Я читала "Это значит, что такой студент целый день будет говорить только на русском!" и путаюсь.

    не знаю если путаться право слово.. :/ извини.

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    Re: на русском v по-русски

    Quote Originally Posted by sonyabazarova
    Ок спасибо. Я читала "Это значит, что такой студент целый день будет говорить только на русском!" и путаюсь.

    не знаю, [s:3g2dbdzm]если путаться право слово[/s:3g2dbdzm] правильное ли слово "путаться".. :/ извини.
    "Путаюсь" is perfect!

    In the sentence "...такой студент целый день будет говорить только на русском" the both variants (на русском and по-русски) would work.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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