August 11, 2009 | Russian
Sex Organ Soundalikes
The Russian word for "important" sounds like a female sex organ.
In my Pimsleur lessons, I am being asked repeatedly to say “important meeting” in Russian. And I am having terrible trouble with the phrase. The Russian word for “important” sounds like “vagina” to me, with the phrase for “important meeting” sounding roughly like this: VAJ nie uh fstree AY cha.
Awkward. Especially since I keep putting the stress on the second syllable, as it is in the English word “vagina.” The whole thing sounds very, well, unbusinesslike.