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INTRODUCTION
John: Hello and welcome to Culture Class: Russian Superstitions and Beliefs, Lesson 5 - Itching Right Palms and Itching Left Palms. I'm John and I'm joined by Karina.
Karina: Привет! (Privet!) I'm Karina.
THE TWO SUPERSTITIONS
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: правая ладонь чешется, (pravaya ladon' cheshetsa).
John: Which literally means "itching right palm." Karina, can you repeat the Russian phrase again?
Karina: [slow] правая ладонь чешется [normal] правая ладонь чешется
John: Hold on, one second. My hand’s itching.
Karina: Really which one?
John: The left one.
Karina: Oh good. If it was your right palm, you might give away or lose some money soon.
John: This is because in Russia, the right hand is considered to be the "giving hand.”
Karina: and the left one is the "taking hand."
John: So I probably won’t be losing money any time soon.
Karina: No. In fact, maybe the opposite.
John: The second superstition is about good luck. What’s the superstition called in Russian?
Karina: левая ладонь чешется, (levaya ladon' cheshetsa).
John: Which literally means "itching left palm." Let’s hear it in Russian again.
Karina: [slow] левая ладонь чешется [normal] левая ладонь чешется
John: In Russia, it's believed that if your left palm is itching, you are about to receive some money.
Karina: Which is good news for you!
John: Yes! As we said earlier, the right hand is considered to be the "giving hand," and the left one, is the "taking hand."
Karina: So to get some money, you should scratch your left palm more often.
John: Well I won’t need to. If this superstition is true and I come into some money, I’ll buy you dinner.
Karina: Well now my left palm is starting to itch!

Outro

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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Do you know any other Russian superstitions?

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Здравствуйте robert groulx,


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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is правая ладонь чешется


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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is правая ладонь чешется


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Hello Жэссика,

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Here in the US, I've heard this superstition. But, it's the other way around. An itching left palm means you will lose money, while an itching right means you will receive it. Funny!