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INTRODUCTION
John: Ways to Refer to People, Part 2
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 22. In this lesson, you'll learn ways to refer to people.
John: In this lesson you will learn different things to call people based on their characteristics or habits.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you'll be learning in this lesson are...
Karina: валенок (valenok)
Karina: Ваня, Вася (Vanya, Vasya)
Karina: чудик, чудило (chudik, chudilo)
Karina: пугало (pugalo)
John: Karina, what's our first expression?
Karina: валенок (valenok)
John: This literally means "felt boot," but when it's used as a slang expression, it means "as stupid as a sloth."
Karina: [SLOW] валенок [NORMAL] валенок
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: валенок
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you want to call a person stupid, lazy, or too naive.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] В работе он полнейший валенок! [SLOW] В работе он полнейший валенок!
John: "He's as stupid as a sloth at work!"
Karina: [NORMAL] В работе он полнейший валенок!
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Karina: Ваня, Вася (Vanya, Vasya)
John: This literally means "Vanya, Vasya," which are two common names in Russian, but when it's used as a slang expression, it means "someone not very intelligent or interested in culture; stupid."
Karina: [SLOW] Ваня, Вася [NORMAL] Ваня, Вася
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: Ваня, Вася
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you want to call a person stupid or too naive.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Вот ты Вася! Как можно было упустить такую возможность?! [SLOW] Вот ты Вася! Как можно было упустить такую возможность?!
John: "You're an idiot! You lost such an opportunity!"
Karina: [NORMAL] Вот ты Вася! Как можно было упустить такую возможность?!
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Karina: чудик, чудило (chudik, chudilo)
John: This literally means "weirdo." As a slang expression, it means "weirdo, quirky."
Karina: [SLOW] чудик, чудило [NORMAL] чудик, чудило
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: чудик, чудило
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you want to say that a person is strange. This can be used both in a good or bad way.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Этот чудик снова приходил? [SLOW] Этот чудик снова приходил?
John: "This weirdo came again?"
Karina: [NORMAL] Этот чудик снова приходил?
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Karina: пугало (pugalo)
John: Which literally means "dud." As a slang expression, it means "dud” or “unkempt."
Karina: [SLOW] пугало [NORMAL] пугало
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: пугало
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you want to say that somebody is dressed oddly or acts like a clown.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Она вечно одета как пугало. [SLOW] Она вечно одета как пугало.
John: "She's always dressing like a dud."
Karina: [NORMAL] Она вечно одета как пугало.
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 want to say somebody is being naive...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: Ваня, Вася
John: "too naive, stupid."
John: When you want to say somebody is too simple or stupid...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: валенок
John: "As stupid as a sloth."
John: When you want to say somebody looks ridiculous...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: пугало
John: "Dud, unkempt."
John: When you want to say somebody is otherworldly...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: чудик, чудило
John: "Weirdo, quirky."

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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