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    You Know What

    How do you say "you know what" in russian?

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    "С-Е-К-С"

    Example: "В Советском Союзе не было того, знаешь что." -- In the Soviet Union, there was no you-know-what.



    P.S. Scavci, this is a joke. It's difficult to give a more serious answer without an example of how you mean to use the phrase in an English sentence.
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    Maybe, "И что вы думаете?"
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    First of all thank you for your answers. Here is an example about what i mean: "you know what, i am not going to do that" or "you know what, forget about it"

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    Quote Originally Posted by scavci View Post
    First of all thank you for your answers. Here is an example about what i mean: "you know what, i am not going to do that" or "you know what, forget about it"
    These are translated as "Знаешь что?". Probably with exclamation mark to express anger or resentment.
    "Знаешь что?! Я не собираюсь этого делать!" (anger)
    "Знаешь что? Забудь об этом." (calm)

    Mentioned before "и что ты думаешь?"/"и что бы ты подумал?" have close meaning, but are used mostly in context of storytelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Throbert McGee View Post
    Example: "В Советском Союзе не было того, знаешь что."
    Your sentence is not correct. It should be «В Советском Союзе не было сам(а) знаешь чего / сами знаете чего».
    Please correct my English

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    I heard that both "you know what" and "знаешь что" are calques from German when used in that meaning.

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