Tag Archives: Russian idioms

27 Aug
2021
Sword of Damocles: What Is This Saying and How Can I Use It in Russian? You may have heard the saying Sword of Damocles being used in English, for example when somebody says that there is a Sword of Damocles hanging over their head. This saying can be directly translated into Russian as дамоклов меч, ...
16 Aug
2021
Шапочное знакомство: The Russian Idiom for ‘A Nodding Acquaintance’ Шапочное знакомство (shapochnoye znakomstvo), is a Russian idiom that can be directly translated into English as ‘hat acquaintance’, but finds its idiom equivalent in the English phrase ‘a nodding acquaintance’. This idiom is used to describe the relationship that you have with someone who you don’t ...
04 Aug
2021
Potemkin Villages (Потемкинские деревни): The Story Behind the Russian Idiom Потемкинские деревни, which can be translated as Potemkin villages, is a curious idiom found in Russian, which is also sometimes used in English. It is used to describe a cover up which attempts to make something seem a lot better than it may truly be, ...