This is the first post in a series to help you pick up some useful Russian phrases. (OK, maybe they’re not THAT useful — but they might be!) Each post is centered around a particular event that you might happen upon after your flight touches down in the motherland.
For the first part of this series I thought I’d give the people what they want. The people being, of course, the ladies (and particularly brave gents) who have found my blog by Google searching “dating a Russian man” or some variation on that phrase.
Here’s the lowdown: somehow you’ve captured a Russian guy. Maybe it was on the Metro, at a club, or even in the classroom (you little minx, you!). Regardless, you’ve made plans and finally met up with your new beau for a первое свидание (PERvoye sviDANiye, first date). Just like a date with any other dude, this could go really well or really badly. I’ve written up a handy checklist for you to consult depending on the situation.
It’s going great!
You and your Russian boy met up and really enjoyed each others’ company. If you met up in a bar or restaurant, perhaps you had a few too many drinks and feel ready to pronounce your affection. Get ready to drunkenly slur “я тебя люблю” (ya tebya lyubLYU, I love you) or “Не могу жить без тебя!” (ne mogu zhit bez tebya, I can’t live without you). As many Russian guys get very serious about their relationships very quickly, this might go over well and you might find yourself with a new Russian partner. If he doesn’t seem too keen, be ready to yell “подожди! не уходи!” (podozhDI! ne ukhoDI!, wait! don’t go!) and get ready to chase him down.
It’s going… not so great
So you met a dud. Sorry! In a such a big town like Moscow there are bound to be more than a few. If you’re just mildly bored but don’t actively dislike your date, try “ещё, пожалуйста” (eshYO poZHAlusta, another please) — to the waiter, not your date. Maybe a few more cocktails will make your night a little better. However if the date is more than a few drinks can save, bring out the big guns and escape! “Оставь меня!” (oSTAV menya, leave me alone!) will let you escape relatively unscathed and free to date another day!
What other first date phrases do you need to know in Russian? And, if you’re blogging and existing in a language other than English, I challenge you to create a “Useful _______” post of your own!