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    How do you say...

    How do you say...
    1: My pet
    2: My love
    3: Little one
    ...in Russian?

    Ps. What's a term of endearment in Russian that could be used both romantically and not/ what would the translation of that be in English?
    PPs. I need to know how this is pronounced, not spelled.
    PPPs. All of this needs to be in masculine form in Russian...

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    Re: How do you say...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WritingRuthlessly
    How do you say...
    1: My pet

    There's no a Russian word which directly corresponds to 'pet'. Instead a name of a specific appropriate animal would be used. In the masuline form e.g. "медвежонок" med-veh-zhoh-nock (a baby bear) "тигрёнок" tee-gryo-nock (a baby tiger), "львёнок" (a baby lion don't know how to transliterate), "зайчик" zi-chick (baby hare). In fact any name of an animal could be used given that (1) it's masculine, (2) comparing a man to the animal is complimentary (The beas are considered very strong, but clumsy, while tigers are strong and agile. lion are like tigers but also noble. These evaluations are culture-specific and subjective, of course).

    We can also add another endearment suffixes to strenghten:

    med-veh-zhoh-noh-check
    tee-gryo-noh-check
    zi-cheesh-kuh

    2: My love
    Любимый "lyu-bee-myi" (the m is hard). The vowel next to it is absent in English while it is in Gaelic, if it can help.

    3: Little one
    Малыш "muh-lysh" (the l is hard)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WritingRuthlessly
    What's a term of endearment in Russian that could be used both romantically and not/ what would the translation of that be in English?
    Please give an English example, I'm afraid I can't get what you mean.
    Please correct my English

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    Re: How do you say...

    Well, "baby" could be used both ways, sometimes.

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    Re: How do you say...

    I can think only of "дорогой" (darling) dor-rou-goi (masc., adj) In informal style a man can address another (acquianted) man like that. Or a mother would routinely address a son like that. It can be used in romantic relationships also.
    Please correct my English

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