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    I was wondering . . .

    What does tol'ka mean?
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    только - only

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    How do you say "I was wondering . . ." in Russian?
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    Russian doesn't really have a word for wonder. The closest thing anyone ever told me was like Я хотел узнать.
    Вот это да, я так люблю себя. И сегодня я люблю себя, ещё больше чем вчера, а завтра я буду любить себя to ещё больше чем сегодня. Тем что происходит,я вполне доволен!

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    Ещё можно сказать "интересно".
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    It's much more complicated than that, Dogboy. "I was wondering" doesn't really translate as "я хотел узнать" - it should be "я хотел бы узнать" (or better "мне хотелось бы узнать") at the very least, but even that would be a bad translation as we don't normally use such constructions in Russian. It really depends on the context. I wonder if "I often wonder" could be translated as "я часто задаюсь вопросом" - please note "задаюсь вопросом", not "задаю себе вопрос" - the difference in meaning between those two is enormous. It's a situational verb and different situations call for different verbs or turns of phrase in Russian - sometimes the idea of "wondering" of the original English sentence is best omitted in the Russian translation, sometimes not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ
    Ещё можно сказать "интересно".
    Absolutely.
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    Thank you.
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