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INTRODUCTION
John: Slang Words for Various Devices
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to RussianPod101.com. I'm John.
Karina: And I'm Karina!
John: This is Must-know Russian Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 18. In this lesson, you'll learn slang words for various devices.
John: In this lesson we have four examples of daily appliances you may have yourself. These words are mostly used by people under 30-35 years old.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you'll be learning in this lesson are...
Karina: мыльница (myl'nitsa)
Karina: зеркалка (zerkalka)
Karina: зомбоящик (zomboyaschik)
Karina: кондёр (kandyor)
John: Karina, what's our first expression?
Karina: мыльница (myl'nitsa)
John: This literally means "soap box," but when it's used as a slang expression, it means "snapshot camera."
Karina: [SLOW] мыльница [NORMAL] мыльница
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: мыльница
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when referring to a small snapshot camera.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Чья эта розовая мыльница? [SLOW] Чья эта розовая мыльница?
John: "Whose pink snapshot camera is this?"
Karina: [NORMAL] Чья эта розовая мыльница?
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Karina: зеркалка (zerkalka)
John: This literally means "mirror-thing," but when it's used as a slang expression, it means "reflex camera."
Karina: [SLOW] зеркалка [NORMAL] зеркалка
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: зеркалка
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when referring to a single-lens (usually professional) digital camera.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Где ты взял деньги на новую зеркалку? [SLOW] Где ты взял деньги на новую зеркалку?
John: "Where did you get money for this new digital camera?"
Karina: [NORMAL] Где ты взял деньги на новую зеркалку?
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Karina: зомбоящик (zomboyaschik)
John: This literally means "zombie box." As a slang expression, it means "TV."
Karina: [SLOW] зомбоящик [NORMAL] зомбоящик
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: зомбоящик
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you want to refer to TV in a negative way.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Выключи уже этот зомбоящик! Сегодня там ничего интересного! [SLOW] Выключи уже этот зомбоящик! Сегодня там ничего интересного!
John: "Turn off this idiot box! There is nothing interesting there today!"
Karina: [NORMAL] Выключи уже этот зомбоящик! Сегодня там ничего интересного!
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Karina: кондёр (kandyor)
John: Which literally means "air conditioner."
Karina: [SLOW] кондёр [NORMAL] кондёр
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: кондёр
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you mention “air conditioner” in your speech and want to say it faster or make your speech shorter.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Летом без кондёра никак, очень жарко. [SLOW] Летом без кондёра никак, очень жарко.
John: "It is very difficult in summer without the air conditioner; it’s too hot."
Karina: [NORMAL] Летом без кондёра никак, очень жарко.
QUIZ
John: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I'll describe four situations, and you choose the correct expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
John: A professional-looking digital camera...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: зеркалка
John: "Reflex camera."
John: Small snapshot camera for personal use...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: мыльница
John: "Snapshot camera."
John: Air conditioner either in the building or in a car...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: кондёр
John: "Air conditioner."
John: TV that you hate to watch...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: зомбоящик
John: "TV."

Outro

John: There you have it; you've mastered four Russian slang expressions! We have more vocab lists available at RussianPod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks, everyone, and see you next time!
Karina: Пока, пока.

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