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Lesson Transcript

INTRODUCTION
John: Slang for Social Networks
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 7. In this lesson, you'll learn slang expressions for social networks.
John: These words became popular in Russian after social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, became widespread in Russia.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you'll be learning in this lesson are...
Karina: селфи (selfi)
Karina: лайкнуть (layknut')
Karina: фоловить (folovit')
Karina: запилить лук (zapilit' luk)
John: Karina, what's our first expression?
Karina: селфи (selfi)
John: This literally means "self-portrait," but when it's used as a slang expression, it means "selfie."
Karina: [SLOW] селфи [NORMAL] селфи
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: селфи
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when referring to selfies. This is a loanword from English.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Никак не могу сделать хорошее селфи. [SLOW] Никак не могу сделать хорошее селфи.
John: "I can't take a good selfie."
Karina: [NORMAL] Никак не могу сделать хорошее селфи.
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Karina: лайкнуть (layknut')
John: This literally means "like," but when it's used as a slang expression, it means to "like someone's content," as in the “like” button on Facebook.
Karina: [SLOW] лайкнуть [NORMAL] лайкнуть
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: лайкнуть
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when you want to like someone’s posts or photos on social media. This word comes from the English word "like."
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Не забудь лайкнуть мою страницу. [SLOW] Не забудь лайкнуть мою страницу.
John: "Don't forget to hit the ‘like’ button on my page."
Karina: [NORMAL] Не забудь лайкнуть мою страницу.
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Karina: фоловить (folovit')
John: This literally means "to follow." As a slang expression, it means "to follow (someone on social media)."
Karina: [SLOW] фоловить [NORMAL] фоловить
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: фоловить
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression when referring to the action of "following" someone on social media.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Его фоловит больше тысячи человек. [SLOW] Его фоловит больше тысячи человек.
John: "He's followed by over a thousand people."
Karina: [NORMAL] Его фоловит больше тысячи человек.
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Karina: запилить лук (zapilit' luk)
John: Which literally means "to see the look." As a slang expression, it means "to upload a picture of your outfit for the day/night."
Karina: [SLOW] запилить лук [NORMAL] запилить лук
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Karina: запилить лук
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this expression to describe uploading a picture of what a person is wearing.
John: Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Karina: [NORMAL] Она купила новое платье и сразу же запилила с ним лук. [SLOW] Она купила новое платье и сразу же запилила с ним лук.
John: "She bought a dress and instantly uploaded a picture with it."
Karina: [NORMAL] Она купила новое платье и сразу же запилила с ним лук.
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 press the “like” button...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: лайкнуть
John: "Like."
John: When you take a self portrait...
[pause - 5 sec.:
Karina: селфи
John: "Selfie."
John: Taking a picture of your outfit and uploading it on social media...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: запилить лук
John: "Upload a picture of your outfit for the day/night."
John: The action of following someone on social media...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Karina: фоловить
John: "To follow on Twitter, Instagram, etc."

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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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! Do you know any other related slang expression? Post them in the comments.

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Monday at 12:21 PM
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Hello Deric,


Thank you for your question!

You are right, the slang expression “запилить лук” is not so widely used and it’s great that you are familiar with it! Запилить is mainly means “to post” (so Facebook and Instagram users can be familiar with this expression) and лук is English “look” or Russian “образ”.


Cheers,

Evgeniia

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Deric Atienza
Tuesday at 01:48 PM
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Dear RussianPod101.com,


Many Russian friends I used the expression "запилить лук" to said they weren't familiar with it. Indeed "лук" sounds like "onion". A post on my feed about this turned up negative. One even suggested "запилить фоточку"?


So in the end, I had to turn to Facebook and Instagram to finally find references to it ("Решила запилить новый лук"), with others even putting "look" between quotation marks (Как запилить монохромый «лук»). While I was glad to find affirmation online, I guess it's not as widely used as the other slang expressions here?


Спасибо, что прочитали.


Дерик

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Tuesday at 09:46 PM
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Здравствуйте robert groulx,


Спасибо for posting. We are very happy to have you here. Let us know if you have any questions.


Всего наилучшего,

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robert groulx
Tuesday at 12:22 AM
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thank you forvthe lesson transcript


favorite phrase is Она купила новое платье и сразу же запилила с ним лук.


robert