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IraM
12-01-2008, 15:52
Some linking words and interjections often puzzle people learning foreign languages. The Russian word давай (davai) is one of them. How could you translate the sentences below. What emotion/idea does this word express?

1) (a chap to his girlfriend)

Давай сходим сегодня в кино.

2) (a fan of F1 motor-racing/football match etc)

Давай, давай, давай! Быстрей давай! Жми!

3) (a bully at school to a first grade pupil)

Давай отсюда!

4) (a TV quiz show: a member of a team to his team-mate)

Думай давай! На кону миллион, забыл?

Natkin
12-01-2008, 17:21
1. Let`s go to the cinema today.
2. Go, go!!!
3. Get lost!
4. C`mon, think! The question is worth a million!

alterego
12-01-2008, 19:48
Excellent translations. Making a list of the differnet uses of 'давай' has been on my to do list for a long time. Do you have any more variants Ira?

Natkin
12-01-2008, 19:53
There is one more meaning of Давай?, but it belongs to Bardak folder, wink!

alterego
13-01-2008, 06:44
I assume it's innuendo. I would think that it could be posted in the Teacher's Disscussion Folder for academic purposes. If not would you PM it to me?

IraM
13-01-2008, 22:54
1. Let`s go to the cinema today.
2. Go, go!!!
3. Get lost!
4. C`mon, think! The question is worth a million!

Great result!! Well done, Natkin!! A greenie to the winner!:applause:

And a bit more now:

1) (in the army) Давай отбой!

In Давай отсюда и Давай отбой the verbs after давай are omitted but could be put there with no/a bit of difference in the meaning: Давай иди/шагай/вали etc отсюда and Давай труби/звони etc отбой.

2) (Ostap Bender or a mugger) Давай деньги, деньги давай!!

In this sentence давай is not a particle but an imperative (2 sg ты) form of the verb давать.


There is one more meaning of Давай?, but it belongs to Bardak folder, wink!
I think you mean one of the slang meanings of the verb давать. Am I right?

Bonus:

4) (spoken, almost out of date) Я испугался и давай кричать!

5) (inf. idiom, almost out of date) Давай бог ноги!