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INTRODUCTION
John: Ways to Refer to People, Part 1
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 21. In this lesson, you'll learn ways to refer to people.
John: Here you will learn how to refer to different types of people. Most of the examples are negative, but you can hear them widely used among all age groups.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you'll be learning in this lesson are...
Karina: тормоз (tormas)
Karina: лузер (luzer)
Karina: чувак (chuvak)
Karina: мажор (mazhor)
John: Karina, what's our first expression?
Karina: тормоз (tormas)
John: This literally means "brake," but when it's used as a slang expression, it means "slow person."
Karina: [SLOW] тормоз [NORMAL] тормоз
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: тормоз
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you want to call somebody a slow person in a judgmental manner.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Ну ты и тормоз! [SLOW] Ну ты и тормоз!
John: "You are so slow!"
Karina: [NORMAL] Ну ты и тормоз!
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Karina: лузер (luzer)
John: This literally means "loser."
Karina: [SLOW] лузер [NORMAL] лузер
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: лузер
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you are not winning or you feel worthless. This word comes from the English word "loser."
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Я лузер по жизни. [SLOW] Я лузер по жизни.
John: "I'm such a loser."
Karina: [NORMAL] Я лузер по жизни.
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Karina: чувак (chuvak)
John: This literally means "man, young man." As a slang expression, it means "dude."
Karina: [SLOW] чувак [NORMAL] чувак
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: чувак
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you want refer to a young man. It's a neutral expression that doesn't show whether the guy is good or bad.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Посмотри, у этого чувака крутая машина. [SLOW] Посмотри, у этого чувака крутая машина.
John: "Look, this dude has a cool car."
Karina: [NORMAL] Посмотри, у этого чувака крутая машина.
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Karina: мажор (mazhor)
John: Which literally means "old money." As a slang expression, it means "rich person."
Karina: [SLOW] мажор [NORMAL] мажор
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: мажор
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when somebody got their money because they were born into a rich family.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Снова этот мажор на своей машине. [SLOW] Снова этот мажор на своей машине.
John: "Rich guy, again, driving his car."
Karina: [NORMAL] Снова этот мажор на своей машине.
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: When you think somebody is an unlucky guy...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: лузер
John: "Loser."
John: When you think someone is too slow...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: тормоз
John: "Slow person."
John: When you think somebody's throwing one's money away...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: мажор
John: "Rich person."
John: A friendly way to call a young man...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: чувак
John: "Dude."

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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