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1. It's early in the morning and you hear your alarm ring. Fortunately, you are an early riser and it doesn't take long for you to be up and about. You rack your brain and come up with a Russian expression, "bodriy kak ogurchik", that would well describe how you're feeling at the moment - it means that you are as awake and fresh (although maybe not as cool) as what?
2. You feel slightly hungry, so you decide to have a light meal before setting off for work. After a bowl of oatmeal and a glass of orange juice, you're confident that you won't feel any more hunger pangs until lunch. According to a humorous Russian idiom for a light snack, "zamorit' cherviachka", you've just done what? Disclaimer: no invertebrates were hurt in the making of this expression.
3. Suddenly you get a call from your colleague who is wondering why you're still not at work. You check the time and realize that you forgot to change the clock after coming back from the holidays! You rush out and catch a taxi, but the driver warns you that he accepts only cash. You check your wallet and are relieved to see that you have just enough for the ride, although not more. What Russian idiom would aptly describe the amount of cash in your wallet?
4. Being a lucky person, you manage to avoid all traffic jams on the way to work and arrive only ten minutes later than you usually do. You're not very surprised at this outcome, as you're well known among your friends for being an extraordinary lucky person. Your Russian-speaking friends attribute this to the fact that you, unlike most people, were born...
5. A few hours have passed, and you're going to an annual meeting of your company's shareholders. It is the first time that you attend such a meeting not only as a spectator, but also as a speaker - you have to present an important report in front of a few hundred people. Naturally, you feel a bit scared and out of your element. Suddenly, you remember a Russian expression "byt' ne v svoej tarelke" that describes how you feel at the moment. As it reminds you of the great lunch that you just had, you feel a bit calmer. What does this expression mean literally?
6. Your presentation goes much better than you could have expected (you are very lucky, after all), and both the shareholders and your management are duly impressed. You leave the podium, extremely happy that you didn't spoil before you spun or, as per a Russian idiomatic expression, "the first pancake wasn't totally ruined". Which of the following is the Russian word for "pancake", which is used in this expression?
7. You're not surprised to see your boss approach you after the meeting with a huge smile on his face, and you're extremely glad to hear what he has to say: 'Remember that promotion that we've talked about? Well, it's as good as done'. Unable to hide your own grin, you thank your boss and absent-mindedly touch the top of your head, as you've just remembered the Russian idiomatic expression for the "deal is almost done" - "delo v shliape". It literally means what?
8. You call your Russian-speaking friend to tell her the good news about your impending promotion. However, she is a bit more sceptical than you and asks you if you're sure that your boss is not simply pulling the wool over your eyes. The whole conversation being in Russian, however, she uses a different idiom, asking whether or not he "veshaet lapshu na ushi". Wondering at the number of food-related idioms in the Russian language, you reply that...
9. Before going home in the evening, you once again check your mailbox and see a letter from your boss that officially confirms your promised promotion. Although you didn't doubt him much, you're still glad that your boss is not the one to waste his words. You write a short message to your Russian friend saying that your boss "ne brosaet slova na veter", that is, you don't know about caution, but he definitely doesn't throw words where?
10. Finally, you get back home, quite happy with the events of the day, but also very tired. You go to bed early, confident that after everything that has happened you will sleep like a log. The last thing you remember before drifting off to sleep is the strange idiom used in the Russian language to describe sleeping soundly - "spat' bez zadnikh nog". What is the literal translation of this expression that doesn't seem to apply to humans?
Source: Author Reynariki
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