Russian Immigrants in Canada in Russian Language

Russia to Canada ImmigrationHi everyone who is reading my blog about Russia and Canada and immigration from one to another one and back. Today’s post will be short and helpful! Haha… Kidding… But still it can help you someday to understand what a random Russian means when he answers a question with a phrase “Yes no probably

Any foreign language is tough to learn, but twice worse when is comes to idioms or slang 🙂

So, when you know that Da means Yes in Russian, Net means No and Navernoe means Probably, you might get confused by the dialogue:

Хочешь кофе? (Do you want some coffee?)

Да нет наверное! (Yes no probably)

Good to note, that in Russian language Da means not only Yes (though this is the most common meaning), but also And, But, Let

These are more examples:

Русские да канадцы (Russians and Canadians)

Я бы купил, да дорого (I would buy but that’s expensive)

And one more dialogue:

Пойдем в кино? (Wanna go to the cinema?)

Да можно… (Yes, we can…)

Overall, the last example as well as Yes no probably gives another meaning to Da – it is closer to Let.

Да нет наверное! (Yes no probably) – more like “Let’s not”

Да можно… (Yes, we can…) – more like “Let’s do it”

You might hear “Да нет наверное! (Yes no probably)” almost everywhere in Russia and from all Russians around the globe – this is very popular phrase and it means gentle rejection.

Cheers and good luck!


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