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    Need help on pronunciation , please !!!

    I need something settled , in the book " Russian for Dummies " , it says you pronounce goodbye , like this . ( duh svee duh nee ye ) . Yet some Russian speaking friends said it was pronounced like this , or something like this . ( dos vi don ye ) ... So if you know how to pronounce it , give a good pronunciation like I put it , please .

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    phonetic transcriptions are very weak substitute for a native speaker; just trust what your friends are saying.
    Кому - нары, кому - Канары.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sperk View Post
    phonetic transcriptions are very weak substitute for a native speaker; just trust what your friends are saying.
    It's not that I don't trust them , it's just difficult to understand them . I guess I'll ask them to say it slower next time . Thank you though !

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    hello! the word "до свидания" we pronounce like "dos vi dan ye". hope that it helps you

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    duh-svee-da-nya

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    It's a name of the song and you'll have a lot of opportunities to get the way it's pronounced. 0:30 for example.


    or this at 1:30
    Another month ends. All targets met. All systems working. All customers satisfied. All staff eagerly enthusiastic. All pigs fed and ready to fly.

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    duh-svee-da-nee-ya = до свидания - standard (good form) pronunciation
    duh-svee-da-nya = до свиданья - more relaxed and coloquial pronunciation

    Both are used equally often and you may choose whichever you like. The second won't make you sound uneducated - it's perfectly fine.

    You can hear both variants of pronunciation in this song - the singer (Alla Pugachova) repeats in refrain "До свиданья, лето, до свидания" (Goodbye, summer, goodbye), i.e. she uses a colloquial form first, and then a standard one (eg. 0:29).


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    Alla in her prime days. Loved that song!!

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    http://www.omniglot.com/soundfiles/r...goodbye_ru.mp3

    The reason it sounds different when sped up is that at normal speeds of talking, O sound reduces to a schwa sound in Russian.
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    YouTube - Булат Окуджава До свидания, мальчики

    Ах, война, что ж ты сделала, подлая:
    стали тихими наши дворы,
    наши мальчики головы подняли,
    повзрослели они до поры,
    на пороге едва помаячили,
    и ушли, за солдатом - солдат...
    До свидания, мальчики! Мальчики,
    постарайтесь вернуться назад.

    Нет, не прячьтесь вы, будьте высокими,
    не жалейте ни пуль, ни гранат,
    И себя не щадите вы, и всё-таки
    постарайтесь вернуться назад.

    Ах, война, что ж ты, подлая, сделала:
    вместо свадеб - разлуки и дым.
    Наши девочки платьица белые
    раздарили сестрёнкам своим.
    Сапоги - ну куда от них денешься?
    Да зелёные крылья погон...
    Вы наплюйте на сплетников, девочки,
    мы сведём с ними счёты потом.

    Пусть болтают, что верить вам не во что,
    что идёте войной наугад...
    До свидания, девочки! Девочки,
    постарайтесь вернуться назад.

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