The other day I was trying to find out what to call an amplifier in Russian. Seeing as there are lots of different things we could call an 'amplifier', I was unsure of which word I wanted. Specifically, I'm wondering what you would call a guitar amplifier, like you would plug an electric guitar into. Is it усилитель? Or something else? I don't really need this word for anything specific, at this point it's driving me nuts that I can't find out what it is. Who knows, after all the trouble it's taking me to find out what I thought would be a simple word, once I figure out it'll probably be permanently engrained in my memory!
Question 2 is--- what would you call a 'Rink Guard' in Russian? I'll explain what I mean: here in America at ice skating rinks we have rink employees that patrol the ice, enforce rules, take care of injuries, etc.- sort of like a life guard on a beach. I have asked three Russian-speaking people that I know (wait, scratch that- four people...), all of whom have told me that when they lived in Russia, they didn't have rink guards, so they didn't know.