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John: Hello and welcome to Culture Class: Russian Superstitions and Beliefs, Lesson 2 - Spilling Salt and Sugar. I'm John and I'm joined by Karina.
Karina: Привет! (Privet!) I'm Karina.
John: In this lesson, we will talk about two common superstitions in Russia. The first superstition is about bad luck. What’s the superstition called in Russian?
Karina: рассыпанная соль, (rasypannaya sol').
John: Which literally means "spilled salt." Karina, can you repeat the Russian phrase again?
Karina: [slow] рассыпанная соль [normal] рассыпанная соль
John: In Russia, it's believed that if you spill salt, you’re going to fight or quarrel with someone.
Karina: So watch your elbows while eating dinner.
John: Where does this superstition come from?
Karina: It’s probably because there were times when salt was as expensive as gold in Russia.
John: So if someone spilled even a little bit, a fight seemed imminent.
Karina: Exactly.
John: The second superstition is about good luck. What’s the superstition called in Russian?
Karina: рассыпать сахар, (rasypat' sakhar).
John: Which literally means "spilling some sugar." Let’s hear it in Russian again.
Karina: [slow] рассыпать сахар [normal] рассыпать сахар
John: This superstition is similar to our first example, except this time it’s about spilling sugar.
Karina: Right and this time, it’s for good luck.
John: In Russia, if you spill some sugar by accident, it means love will come to you.
Karina: Sugar is sometimes thought to be opposite of salt.
John: This superstition probably came about because sugar is sweet, so people associate it with good things.
Karina: So remember, a little spilled sugar might bring you some love.


John: There you have it - two Russian superstitions! Are they similar to any of your country’s superstitions? Let us know in the comments!
Karina: Пока! (Poka!)


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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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Have you ever heard about these beliefs? 


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Здравствуйте robert groulx,

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thank you or the lesson transcript

favorite phrase is рассыпать сахар, (rasypat' sakhar).