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05-20-2010, 04:18 AM
Looking to translate the question "Are you frightened?" into Russian.

Google Translation gives this Romanized answer:

Vy boitesʹ?

I don't know if Russian uses familiar forms, but in this case it would be an 18-year-old sister talking to her 15-year-old brother.

And just to make it more interesting, the conversation takes place circa 1915, just in case that would make a difference.

Wayne K
05-20-2010, 04:34 AM
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This is what my translator gave me. I can ask my wife what the heck it means when she wakes up :D

05-20-2010, 06:00 AM
Ack! Don't listen to Wayne's translator. :eek:

Russian does use familiar forms. Google gave you the polite (I'm surprised an online translation tool actually got it right). I don't know enough about the differences between pre-Revolutionary Russian and today's, but today your character would be likely to say: "Boishsya?"

It's pronounced "Ba-EEsh-sa?" and it's the familiar with the pronoun ("ty") left off.

Wayne K
05-20-2010, 06:29 AM
Another translator gave me this answer.
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05-30-2010, 09:38 PM
Just confirmed it for you.
My Belarusian girlfriend thought it was really scary, especially when I started speaking Russian. :D