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Russian language: no more bullshit
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(03-01-2016 08:12 AM)The Ligurian Wrote:  мы будем в шоколаде.

This "mui budem v shokoladye" phrase made me remember the book Streetwise Russian with Audio CD: Speak and Understand Everyday Russian.

I can recommend this book for Russian slang. It is meant for students who, according to the introduction, "have a good foundation in Russian". My previous learning includes the Pimsleur Russian series, the alphabet, some practice while traveling and a decent amount of online texting while translating stuff I did not understand. This is more than enough to benefit from the book.

The book is divided into three sections - "Guy talk", "Girl talk", and "Teenager talk".

There are conversations containing several slang expressions in each. The first conversation includes the phrase about being "in chocolate", and the containing sentence includes an additional slang expression. Here's the given explanation:

в шоколаде, пока все в говне ---> sitting pretty, while everyone else is in crap. Equivalent expression : У всех всё плохо кроме тебя.

The book has exercises, and also cultural notes - e.g. about drinking vodka. The audio part includes not only the conversations, but also the important words to notice read out. Note that the cheaper Kindle version does not give you the audio.

Now a bit more extensive example. One of the "Girl talk" chapters contains the following, I only give the English translation:

Masha: Where's your ex? He was such a hottie. All the girls were dying for him! Why didn't it work out?
Lydia: I dumped him, and have no regrets. He was a hick and a moocher. He pulled up his fly and then didn't have a care in the world. I was working two jobs, and he did not give a damn. All he cared about was hanging out with his damn loser friends. He was good at sleeping until noon, and his neck was on a swivel toward any miniskirt. Do you have anybody? Inquiring minds want to know, girlfriend ...

A review here.
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Russian language: no more bullshit - Roosh - 04-14-2013, 06:51 PM
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