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    Russian Idiom?

    Но наши СМИ ты знаешь, они же перевернут и наврут с 3 короба.

    It translates as "But you know our media, they will turn them over and lie from 3 boxes."

    Is this an idiom? What does it mean "lie from 3 boxes"?

    Thanks for help!

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    This one was bizarre, "Из аз этой короны." it translated as "From the az of this crown"

    until I noticed "аз"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterocitor View Post
    Is this an idiom? What does it mean "lie from 3 boxes"?
    https://radiosputnik.ria.ru/20191224/1562772514.html

    https://ru.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D1%8...BE%D0%B1%D0%B0

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    Well, I guess I better be careful when I say I am taking 3 boxes to the Post Office!
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    Наврать с три короба means not just 3 simple boxes of lie. But BOXES.

    Короб in old times was a kind of big volume backpack made from braided bast, or the same size home storage box.

    So "с 3 короба" is the really BIG portion of lie, and "с" here means not "from", but "around/about" regarding qty.

    Another interesting idiom is он врёт, как дышит - he's lying like breathing, means lie as usual and natural way of someone's behaviour.

    "Из аз этой короны." - just mix type and illiterate. Should be "из-за" - "because of". Корона most probably is shortened word "coronavirus" here.
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    (substitute name of local politician) врёт, как дышит.

    On the talk radio, about Washington politician, they say, "How do you know if he's lying?" - "If his mouth is open" or "If his lips are moving."

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    Auf Deutsch tongue twister:

    "In Ulm, um Ulm, und um Ulm herum, wachsen viele Ulmer." or maybe it should be "Ulmen" ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterocitor View Post
    (substitute name of local politician) врёт, как дышит.

    On the talk radio, about Washington politician, they say, "How do you know if he's lying?" - "If his mouth is open" or "If his lips are moving."

    ...

    Auf Deutsch tongue twister:

    "In Ulm, um Ulm, und um Ulm herum, wachsen viele Ulmer." or maybe it should be "Ulmen" ?
    eigentlich sollten es ULMEN sein. Die Bäume also.( the trees that is...)

    Meint man aber die Ulmer BÜRGER dann schon eher statt wachsen -leben - ( live)
    and here the good citizens who live in and around Ulm..
    There is no greater treasure then pleasure....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedikt View Post
    eigentlich sollten es ULMEN sein. Die Bäume also.( the trees that is...)

    Meint man aber die Ulmer BÜRGER dann schon eher statt wachsen -leben - ( live)
    and here the good citizens who live in and around Ulm..
    Als mir das hübscheste Gundi erzählte, benutzte sie "wachsen"...
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    Налоги поднимают... Как хорошо то, казну хоть пополнят а то яхта старая наверно.

    Another sarcastic comment about bureaucrats?
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    It seems to me that Russian is the most difficult language to learn and understand. I tried to teach and it's really difficult. The only thing that is more difficult is Chinese. Or about the same level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterocitor View Post
    Налоги поднимают... Как хорошо то, казну хоть пополнят а то яхта старая наверно.

    Another sarcastic comment about bureaucrats?
    Kinda this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunnyLeslie View Post
    It seems to me that Russian is the most difficult language to learn and understand. I tried to teach and it's really difficult. The only thing that is more difficult is Chinese. Or about the same level.
    You tried to teach Russian?

    I thought Chinese was a lot easier than Russian. Chinese has no grammar to learn, no plural forms for verbs or nouns, no tenses, etc. We started with Pinyin, then started the characters only after a few months. Japanese, however, there are 7 levels of verb endings, depending on who you are talking to...and three "alphabets"?! Korean is the most "orderly" language.

    German is difficult, but Russian makes German look easy...
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    German is difficult, but Russian makes German look easy...[/QUOTE]

    most important though i think is. one must WANT to learn a language. not being - forced to - do it?
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    "В понедельник был мороз 25 градусов..."

    Does this mean it is minus 25? -25 Celsie, so that would be about -13 Fahrenheit?

    (south of Krasnofimsk)

    I am blessed, here it was +20 last night. But windy. It is always windy. Every day for past week, 20-40 mph windy. All day long. It whistles through the cracks in the house, it sings, it howls. The hound dogs next door howl along with it. The wind blew over my basketball court (goal), three times. I put 50 pounds of sandbags on it, it still falls over.
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    Yes, -25C. Fahrenheit not used here. Not cold, slightly chilled, to be honest. Cold starts at -40C. If you meant Krasnoufimsk, then absolute min. in November they say was -42C
    https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9A...BC%D0%B0%D1%82

    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterocitor View Post
    But windy. It is always windy. Every day for past week, 20-40 mph windy. All day long.
    Hope at least no bad smell from around?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatAndy View Post
    Yes, -25C. Fahrenheit not used here. Not cold, slightly chilled, to be honest. Cold starts at -40C. If you meant Krasnoufimsk, then absolute min. in November they say was -42C
    https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9A...BC%D0%B0%D1%82


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