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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by marco_2 View Post
    Almost the same in Polish:

    izba - a simple rural habitable room (now a bit archaic)

    I forgot that izba is also used in some expressions with a different meaning, e.g. Izba Skarbowa (Tax Chamber), Izba Lekarska (Health Care / Medical Chamber) etc.

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Czech/Slovak sopel = snot, bogey.
    Polish sopel = icicle.
    Jazyk

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Russian: шайба - puck (in ice-hockey); washer

    Polish: szajba - madness

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Russian: рассол = brine

    Polish: rosół = broth

    Czech: rosol /Slovak: rôsol = aspic

    BCS: rasol = brine

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Kvas is one horrible, horrible drink.
    Russian - живот - stomach ; красный -red; быстро - fast.
    Serbian - живот - life ; красан - wonderful; бистар - clear, bright.
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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Dehemelisgrijs View Post
    Kvas is one horrible, horrible drink.
    Russian - живот - stomach ; красный -red; быстро - fast.
    Serbian - живот - life ; красан - wonderful; бистар - clear, bright.
    In Bulgarian живот and бистър mean the same as in Serbian, there is also archaic красен.

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Well, 'krasan' in Serbian is more used in some phrases, when you want to express your satisfaction you usually say 'divno' or something similar.
    russian - divan (диван) - couch
    serbian - divan - wonderful, great
    but! word 'divan' in Serbian can also mean couch, but it's archaic. I've never actually heard someone saying 'divan' in that context
    Last edited by Dehemelisgrijs; 24th June 2010 at 11:44 AM.
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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Slovak/Czech: život = life

    Slovak: krásny /Czech: krásný = beautiful

    Slovak/Czech: bystrý = quick-witted, sharp, bright (intelligent); quick, swift; adverbs - Slovak bystro, Czech bystře

    SK/CZ: bistro = bistro

    Slovak: diván /Czech: divan = couch

    SK/CZ: divný = strange, odd, peculiar; adv. Slovak divne/divno, Czech divně

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Dehemelisgrijs View Post
    Kvas is one horrible, horrible drink.
    Russian - живот - stomach ; красный -red; быстро - fast.
    Serbian - живот - life ; красан - wonderful; бистар - clear, bright.
    Hey! Back off kvas! It's delisicous! I wish I could find some here in Philly!

    Красный is also old Russian for "beautiful". Красная Площадь (Red saquare) is actually "Beautiful square".

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    I thought the meaning of it is only 'red'. they didn't tell us that in school
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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Dehemelisgrijs View Post
    russian - divan (диван) - couch
    serbian - divan - wonderful, great
    Polish - dywan - carpet

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Russian: жизнь = life

    Czech: žízeň = thirst

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Polish: małpa - monkey
    Czech: malpa - capuchin monkey http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capuchin_monkey

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Polish - gad - reptile
    Czech and Slovak - had - snake

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Polish - żmija - viper
    Czech - zmije - viper
    Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian - zmija - snake
    Last edited by ilocas2; 30th June 2010 at 3:18 AM.

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by lior neith View Post
    Russian: жизнь = life

    Czech: žízeň = thirst
    I like this one:

    Russian: прописка /prɐˈpʲiskə/ - (ex-USSR) mandatory registration, (local) residence permit, (by extension) domicile (the system is also known as propiska in English)
    Czech: propiska /'propiska/ ballpoint pen
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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by ilocas2 View Post
    Polish - żmija - viper
    Czech - zmije - viper
    Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian - zmija - snake
    Bulgarian змия, Russian змея - snake.

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by ilocas2 View Post
    Polish - gad - reptile
    Czech and Slovak - had - snake
    Slovenian:

    gad = viper
    kača = snake

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by jazyk View Post
    Czech/Slovak sopel = snot, bogey.
    Polish sopel = icicle.
    Slovenian: sopel = masc. past part. of sopsti = to breathe heavily, with difficulty

    Quote Originally Posted by marco_2 View Post
    Russian: шайба - puck (in ice-hockey); washer

    Polish: szajba - madness
    Slovenian: šajba = windshield, plate of glass (low colloq.); potter's wheel (regional)

    Quote Originally Posted by lior neith View Post
    Slovak/Czech: život = life
    Slovenian: život = upper body; body (archaic)
    (življenje = life)

    Quote Originally Posted by lior neith View Post
    Slovak: krásny /Czech: krásný = beautiful
    Slovenian: krasen = beautiful, good-hearted, honest

    Quote Originally Posted by lior neith View Post
    Slovak/Czech: bystrý = quick-witted, sharp, bright (intelligent); quick, swift;
    Slovenian: bister = clear; quick-witted, sharp, bright (intelligent); quick, swift; wide-awake

    Quote Originally Posted by lior neith View Post
    SK/CZ: bistro = bistro
    Slovenian: bistro = bistro (restaurant); adj. and adv. form of bister

    Quote Originally Posted by lior neith View Post
    Slovak: diván /Czech: divan = couch
    Slovenian: divan = couch

    Quote Originally Posted by lior neith View Post
    SK/CZ: divný = strange, odd, peculiar; adv. Slovak divne/divno, Czech divně
    Slovenian: diven = wonderful (archaic)

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    divan (= couch) is from Persian, not related to Slavic div, diven, divan, ...

    bistro, according to an urban legend, it entered the French language during the Russian occupation of Paris in 1815. Russian soldiers who wanted to be served quickly would shout "быстрo, быстрo".

    In Czech:

    život (= life) also means abdomen, venter, e.g. plod života tvého (= fructus ventris tui) in Ave Maria;
    Last edited by bibax; 30th June 2010 at 4:49 PM.

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