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i give john the apple

28th December 2007 permanent link

Tim Ferriss’s keys to rapid language learning: Sentence Three in Russian. (Sentence One, Sentence Two, Sentence Four, Sentence Five, Sentence Six)

I give John the apple
Я даю яаблоко Ивану

“Ya dayu yablaka Ivanu”. I give [the] apple to John.

  1. First person singular verbs are normally with “-ю” or “-у” (“-yu” or “-u”)
  2. The accusative (direct object) form of neuter nouns ending in “-о” is the same as the nominative.
  3. The “Ивану” (Ivanu) is dative masculine.
  4. A lowercase handwritten “д” looks nothing like a printed one either. It looks like a latin “g”.

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