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    Default Bizarre Russian Textbook From 1951

    I found this old Berlitz Russian textbook and I learned that it teaches some interesting sentences. Like...


    "Flies and misquitoes are useless and even harmful."

    "We love our native country."

    "Small countries are sometimes afraid of bigger and stronger ones."

    "But can you count in Chinese?"

    "I am a bachelor and up until now I haven't yet had to be interested in women's fashions..."

    "Oh you men! You are all alike. You are all flatterers!"

    "Is it hot in Central Africa?"

    "Intelligent people learn easily, stupid ones learn with difficulty. Is the donkey intelligent? No, he is stupid."

    "This reminds me of Noah's Ark."

    "Is it possible that five families should crowd into one apartment? Is it really possible? In Moscow most mortals live exactly like that."

    "Pull yourself together! The elevator is out of order."

    "Here near-by is a little restaurant, inexpensive, where artists go. Let's go there. I will introduce you to some ballerinas."

    "If I had known I would have brought a helicopter with me."

    "Your friend will shout: A wolf is coming!"

    "And he caught fire? I hope the theater didn't burn down."

    "Who are those people at the airfield, who are running toward us?"

    "When two automobiles crash, the chauffeurs are angry."

    "We shall walk along the main streets, and shall look at the windows of the big stores. This doesn't cost anything and will give me pleasure."

    And my personal favourite... "You do not know what is in my pocket."
    Is not to be held accuntable for peeling errors.

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    Wow, those were an addictive read.

    ... Pretty neat.

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    Hilarious!


    Are you sure you didn't mistranslate some of those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAVO View Post
    Hilarious!


    Are you sure you didn't mistranslate some of those?
    It provided the English translation in the book. And it seems to be correct.
    Is not to be held accuntable for peeling errors.

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    HAHAHAAHAHAH!
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    I don't get it, what's so funny?

    I use the above listed sentences at least once a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaula View Post
    I found this old Berlitz Russian textbook and I learned that it teaches some interesting sentences. Like...


    "Flies and misquitoes are useless and even harmful."

    "We love our native country."

    "Small countries are sometimes afraid of bigger and stronger ones."

    "But can you count in Chinese?"

    "I am a bachelor and up until now I haven't yet had to be interested in women's fashions..."

    "Oh you men! You are all alike. You are all flatterers!"

    "Is it hot in Central Africa?"

    "Intelligent people learn easily, stupid ones learn with difficulty. Is the donkey intelligent? No, he is stupid."

    "This reminds me of Noah's Ark."

    "Is it possible that five families should crowd into one apartment? Is it really possible? In Moscow most mortals live exactly like that."

    "Pull yourself together! The elevator is out of order."

    "Here near-by is a little restaurant, inexpensive, where artists go. Let's go there. I will introduce you to some ballerinas."

    "If I had known I would have brought a helicopter with me."

    "Your friend will shout: A wolf is coming!"

    "And he caught fire? I hope the theater didn't burn down."

    "Who are those people at the airfield, who are running toward us?"

    "When two automobiles crash, the chauffeurs are angry."

    "We shall walk along the main streets, and shall look at the windows of the big stores. This doesn't cost anything and will give me pleasure."

    And my personal favourite... "You do not know what is in my pocket."
    Actually brilliant! Wtf??

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    The introduction to the book is kinda funny too...

    "A very strange paradox exists in connection with languages and the learning of them. On the one hand, the ability to speak two or more languages reasonably well is prima facie evidence of better-than-average intelligence. On the other hand, learning a language is a very easy business. The proof of it is that every living human being who is not an utter idiot speaks one! ... When a group of you are learning together, do not succum to the 'community-sing' temptation. Each student must speak individually, so that he can hear himself and the others, and profit thereby. Make no mistake, however! This book is designed primarily for the student working alone. He must do exactly what pairs or groups do, covering each operation for himself. If you are emarrassed by the sound of your voice, hide in the pantry! Put a sack over your head! No matter what form of defense mechanism you set up, see to it that you speak out!"
    Is not to be held accuntable for peeling errors.

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    Shaula - what a GREAT thing to find! LOL! I love it! (Second place finish: The English - Swahili dictionary I found at a tiny local book store).

    rofl @ hiding in the pantry... WTH?
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    In Soviet Russia, book translates YOU.
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