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How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Russian

How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Russian!

Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

Table of Contents

  1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
  2. Russian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
  3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
  4. How Can RussianPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
  5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Russian - Testing New Technology

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1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Russian? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Russian words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

  1. funny - смешной - smeshnoy
  2. joke - шутить - shutit’
  3. prank - шалость - shalast’
  4. lie - лгать - lgat`
  5. humor - юмор - yumar
  6. fool - дурак - durak
  7. deceptive - обманчивый - abmanchivyy
  8. surprise - удивлять - udivlyat`
  9. sneaky - подлый - podlyy
  10. prankster - проказник - prakaznik
  11. April 1st - Первое апреля - Pervaye aprelya
  12. play a joke - разыгрывать - razygryvat’

2. Russian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

Russian Phrases for April Fools' Day

Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Russian to prank your favorite Russian friend or colleague!

  1. I learned Russian in 1 month.
    • Я выучил русский язык за 1 месяц.
    • Ya vyuchil russiy yazyk za odin mesyats.
  2. All classes for today got canceled.
    • Все занятия сегодня были отменены.
    • Vse zanyatiya sevodnya byli atmeneny.
  3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
    • Мне очень жаль, но я сломал Ваши любимые очки.
    • Mne ochen’ zhal’, no ya slamal vashi lyubimye ochki.
  4. Someone has just hit your car.
    • Кто-то только что врезался в твою машину.
    • Kto-to tol`ko shto vrezalsya v tvoyu mashinu
  5. I’m getting married.
    • Я выхожу замуж
    • Ya vykhazhu zamuzh
  6. You won a free ticket.
    • Вы выиграли бесплатный билет.
    • Vy vyigrali besplatnyy bilet.
  7. I saw your car being towed.
    • Я видел как буксировали ваш автомобиль.
    • Ya videl kak buksiravali vash avtamabil`.
  8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
    • Они раздают бесплатные подарочные карты перед зданием.
    • Oni razdayut besplatnye padarachnyye karty pered zdaniyem.
  9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
    • Красивый парень ждет тебя на улице.
    • Krasivyy paren’ zhdet tebya na ulitse.
  10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
    • Красивая девушка попросила меня передать этот телефонный номер вам.
    • Krasivaya devushka paprasila menya peredat` etot telefonnyy nomer vam.
  11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
    • Можешь спуститься вниз? У меня есть что-то особенное для тебя.
    • Mozhesh spustit’sya vniz? U menya yest’ chto-to osobennoye dlya tebya.
  12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
    • Спасибо за любовное письмо этим утром. Я и не догадывалась о твоих чувствах.
    • Spasibo za lyubovnoye pis`mo etim utrom. Ya i ne dogadivalas` o tvoih chuvstavah.

Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

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Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Russian, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

Cockroach prank

1- Infestation

This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

3- Something Weird in the Restroom

At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

Funny Face

4- Call Me Funny

Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - XXX XXXXXXX - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

5- Minty Cookies

This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

6- Wild Shopping

At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

8- Sneeze On Me

Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

9- Word Play Repairs

Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

10- Scary Face

Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

11- Wake Up To Madness

Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

Computer Prank

12- Computer Prank

This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

13- Monster Under the Cup

This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

Door Prank

14- Prank Door

Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

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Russian Word of the Day - snack (noun)

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закуска (zakuska) snack (noun)

Я набрала вес постоянно кушая снеки.

Yа nabrala ves postoyanno kushaya sneki.
I gained weight by always eating snacks.

Фрукты представляют собой отличный перекус во второй половине дня.
Frukty predstavlyayut soboy otlichnyy perekus vo vtoroy polovine dnya.
Fruit makes a great snack in the afternoon.

Не ешь слишком много снеков.
Ne yesh’ slishkom mnogo snekov.
Don’t eat too many snacks.

перекусывать
perekusyvat’
eat a snack

ночной перекус
nochnoy perekus
midnight snack

попкорн
popkorn
popcorn snack

дневной перекус
dnevnoy perekus
afternoon snack

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Russian Word of the Day - calendar (noun)

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календарь (kalendar’) calendar (noun)

календарный день
kalendarnyy den’
day calendar

один календарный год
odin kalendarnyy god
one calendar year

календарный месяц
kalendarnyy mesyats
calendar month

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4 Reasons Why Russian Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need Russian slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Russian slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Russian? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Russian or any new language.

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Russian Culture

If you turn on any popular Russian TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Russian slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Russian culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Russian slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

Learning Russian slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual Russian people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from Russian TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right Russian slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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Top 20 Russian Words and Phrases you need to survive the Apocalypse

Zombies are coming, and they speak Russian! Do you have what it takes to survive? No?
How lucky you are, we have exactly what you need. Here is the Top 20 Words and Phrases you need to survive this Apocalypse!

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инфекция (n)
infektsiya
infection

жуткий (adj)
zhutkiy
scary

череп (n)
cherep
skull

могила (n)
mogila
grave

Какой Ваш любимый фильм про зомби?
Kakoy vash lyubimyy fil’m pra zombi?
What’s your favorite zombie movie?

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Апокалипсис (n)
Apakalipsis
apocalypse

Подняться из могилы.
Padnyatsa iz magily
rise from the grave

Зомби! Бежим!
Zombi! Bezhim!
Zombies! Run!

Если был случилась атака зомби, куда бы Вы отправились?
Esli by sluchilas’ ataka zombi, kuda by vy atpravilis’?
If there was a zombie attack, where would you go?

Сверхъестественное (adj)
Sverkh-estestvenae
supernatural

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Запасы продовольствия (n)
Zapasy pradavol’stviya
food supply

Ходячие мертвецы
Khadyachie mertvetsy
walking dead

Мурашки(n)
Murashki
goose bumps

Воображение (n)
Vaabrazhenie
imagination

Поп-культура (n)
Pop-kul’tura
pop culture

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Пресная вода (n)
Presnaya vada
fresh water

Труп (n)
Trup
corpse

Жуткий (adj)
Zhutkiy
gruesome

Прятаться (v)
Pryatatsa
hide

Кладбище (n)
Kladbishche
graveyard

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10 Monthly Goals to become fluent in Russian

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4) I’ll pass my Russian test.

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Russian Word of the Day - surf the internet (phrase)

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сидеть в Интернете (sidet’ v Internete) surf the internet (phrase)

Мужчина сидел в Интернете за компьютером.
Muzhchina sidel v Internete za komp’yuterom.
The man surfed the internet on the computer.

Мужчина сидит в Интернете за компьютером.
Muzhchina sidit v Internete za komp’yuterom.
The man surfs the internet on the computer.

Мужчина сидит в Интернете.
Muzhchina sidit v Internete.
The man is surfing the internet on the computer.

Я сижу в Интернете каждый вечер перед сном.
Ya sizhu v Internete kazhdyy vecher pered snom.
I surf the internet every night before bed.

сидеть в Интернете в течение часа
sidet’ v Internete v techeniye chasa
surf the internet for an hour

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Russian Word of the Day - carrot (noun)

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морковь (morkov’) carrot (noun)

Перец, брокколи, цукини, лук-порей, морковь, баклажаны и салат - это всё овощи.
Perets, brokkoli, tsukini, luk-porey, morkov’, baklazhany i salat - eto vso ovoshchi.
Peppers, broccoli, zucchini, leeks, carrots, eggplants, and lettuce are all vegetables.

Морковь обычно оранжевого цвета.
Morkov’ obychno oranzhevogo tsveta.
Carrots are usually orange in color.

Морковь - очень популярный и полезный корнеплод.
Morkov’ - ochen’ populyarnyy i poleznyy korneplod.
The carrot is a very popular and healthy root vegetable.

Мини-морковь обычно более нежная, чем та, которая покрупнее.

Mini-morkov’ obychno boleye nezhnaya, chem ta, kotoraya pokrupneye.
A baby carrot is usually more tender than a larger one.

оранжевая морковь
oranzhevaya morkov’
orange carrot

мини-морковь
mini-morkov’
baby carrot

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Russian Word of the Day - older sister (noun)

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старшая сестра (starshaya sestra) older sister (noun)

Наша старшая сестра сидит с ребёнком, когда наших родителей нет дома.
Nasha starshaya sestra sidit s rebyonkom, kogda nashikh roditeley net doma.
Our older sister babysits when our parents are out.

Старшая сестра держит свою младшую сестру.
Starshaya sestra derzhit svoyu mladshuyu sestru.
The older sister is holding her younger sister.

иметь старшую сестру
imet’ starshuyu sestru
have an older sister

старшая сестра и младшая сестра
starshaya sestra i mladshaya sestra
older sister and younger sister

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Russian Word of the Day - sweet potato (phrase)

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сладкий картофель (sladkiy kartofel’) sweet potato (phrase)

Ямс также называют сладким картофелем.
Yams takzhe nazivayut sladkim kartofelem.
A yam is also called a sweet potato.

Сладкий картофель хорош печёным или жареным
Sladkiy kartofel’ horosh pechyonym ili zharenym
The sweet potato is great baked or fried.

засахаренный сладкий картофель
zasaharenniy sladkiy kartofel’
candied sweet potato

печёный сладкий картофель
pechyoniy sladkiy kartofel’
baked sweet potato

целый сладкий картофель и нарезанный сладкий картофель
tseliy sladkiy kartofel’ i narezanniy sladkiy kartofel’
whole sweet potato and cut sweet potato

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