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Re: Another Russian Question

From:Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 18, 2001, 20:50
> > >> I have also heard Moyo imye - Peter [mahYOH > >> EEMyah - Peter] (litterally my name Peter - Russian lacks a copula) > > > >Yep. > > Note however that _imya_ tends to mean 'first name' rather than 'full > name'. So, in neutral speech the above may be understood as 'my first > name is...', and followed by e. g. _Moya familiya - Smith_. Or it may > imply some additional stylistic effect (from elevated tone to foreign > accent). _Menya zovut..._ is in fact the only neutral way to say 'my > name is...'.
This led to an amusing situation once when I was speaking with a Russian not long ago, recently enough that my Russian was at the point where I can't speak it properly anymore. So he asked me, "kak tvoja familija", and I, thinking in Serbian, said, "dobro...." with a bit of a confused look on my face. =)


John Cowan <cowan@...>