Train, dinner and building: how Russians begin to speak after moving to the USA
The speech of Russians who have lived a little in America is noticeably transforming. People, speaking their native language, willy-nilly begin to insert English words or pronounce Russian in an American way. Such a code language is jokingly called "ruinglish" ("runglish"), writes in his blog Amerussian girl on Yandex.Zen girl who moved to the USA.
The following is the text of the author.
The funny thing is that not everyone knows English at a high level and far from all seek to learn it in principle. Nevertheless, life in America leaves its mark on colloquial speech.
Probably, five years ago I would have been outraged and thought that people simply do not know how to speak competently. Now I am as loyal to this as possible. I myself often use English words in speech - why not, as they say.
For example, “the company made me an offer” sounds much simpler than “the company made me an offer of cooperation”. I don't see any problem in mixing languages at all - the main thing is to communicate in such a way that everyone is comfortable and understandable. And so that it was normal in your environment - in another, everything may be different.
I have compiled a small dictionary of the most replaceable words and phrases. It sounds something like this:
“What is your building” - “What is your building”.
“Let's chillim”, “We are chillim” - “Let's rest”, “We rest”.
“What a cutie” - “What a pretty one” (I constantly hear this from a friend).
“I'm in jim” - “I'm in the gym”.
“Dinner” - “Dinner”.
"Night out" - "Let's hang out."
“Hut / cold coffee” - “Hot or cold coffee”.
“Boyfriend / Girlfriend” - “Boyfriend / Girlfriend”.
“Send request” - “Send request”.
“Skype call” - “Skype call”.
“They sent me an offer” - “They made me an offer”.
“How much for tips” - “How much we leave for tea”.
“I went to the stretch” - “I went to the stretch”.
"What time is your class?" - "What time do you have class?"
“Where is your id” - “Where is your passport”.
“Let's take the train” - “Let's take the metro”.
"Hold it" - "Hang on the line / wait".
“I work full day / I have part time” - “I work full time / I have part time”.
"How will you spend the day off" - "What are your plans for the weekend."
Original column published on the blog. Amerussian girl on Yandex.Zen.
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