Thursday, August 27, 2009


My daughter calls her 8 year old brother "brat" and he fumes, saying that it's super unfair and he shouldn't have to live with such indignity and assault on his character. Of course, I agree. I tell my daughter that she shouldn't use hurtful words and knock it the hell off, besides.

"It's not hurtful," she says. "It means 'brother'."

You see, my mama has been giving them Russian lessons. And "braht" in Russian means "brother". Apparently, my daughter thinks that I have suffered a mental impairment because she expects me to believe that when she tells him "you are such a brat!" that she means "You are such a brother!"

Mama couldn't agree with her more. "Don't be snob of accent," she tells me. "Your daughter is learning the Russian. It's beautiful."

Yes, beautiful. Of course I pronounce "beautiful"--"eedeeoteek"

For more Russian hijinx, please check out my guest post at Vicki Boykis' blog. I don't want to ruin it for you, but it involves my explaining a Russian tradition to Husbandrinka.

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Blogger A Mom on Spin said...

OH. . . And I thought she meant a German sausage. . .

August 27, 2009 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Vodka Mom said...

and can you teach me to swear in Russian? They I can get back to commenting the way I USED TO.

August 27, 2009 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Keyona said...

Vodka Mom has the same idea as me. Please give us some nasty ones. How about how to say husband in Russian. It must me Ashthole right?

August 27, 2009 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

I think this should be a new series - how to speak Russian-esque.

August 27, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger blognut said...

Christy took the words right out of my mouth. I want a whole series on Russian swear words and insults. We could go far with this information!

August 27, 2009 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger CSY said...

OOOOO!!! I've always wanted to learn a 2nd language.

August 27, 2009 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Mama Coyote said...

Mothers and their supportive ways... :p

August 27, 2009 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Mama Coyote said...

Or should I say grandmothers.

August 27, 2009 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Comedy Goddess said...

Your daughter is a quick thinker. Not surprising I might add!

August 27, 2009 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Lady Mama said...

I don't blame her for trying, I would have done the same. My husband's grandmother is Czech and his family call her "Baba" which apparently translates to "Old Witch". She chose the name though...

August 27, 2009 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Yes, congrats on her learning Russian. Very good choices for her first words.

August 27, 2009 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Anna See said...

my son calls his sister an idiot several times a day. what does that mean in our native tongue? oh, yeah, my family is from england. argh,

August 27, 2009 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger MommyTime said...

I'm not sure if it's better or worse the "Mrs Cuckoo Mellor," which is what my kids call each other when they really really want to annoy each other. But it's certainly just as irritating to the recipient.

August 27, 2009 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger the mama bird diaries said...

I don't know why you see the need to discourage your daughter's love of the Russian language.

August 27, 2009 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Aunt Becky said...

The Latin word for "old woman" is anus.

August 28, 2009 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Ah, so then how does one say "sister" in Russian. Or, the Russian word for "Brat?" Or, are there no brats in Russia??

August 28, 2009 at 2:33 PM  

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