Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "soul" in Russian

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Meaning: soul, spirit, darling

Pronunciation: [doo-SHAH]

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #228 (see frequency list)

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 Example sentences:
  • Душа́ - э́то сло́жное филосо́фское поня́тие.
  • A soul is a complex philosophical concept.
  • Вы ве́рите, что у челове́ка есть душа́?
  • Do you believe that people have a soul?
  •  literal  You believe, that at human exists soul?
  • У него́ о́чень до́брая душа́.
  • He has a very gentle soul. (He's a kind person.)
  •  literal  At him very kind soul.
  • От души́ жела́ю вам успе́ха.
  • I sincerely wish you success. (polite or plural)
  •  literal  From heart I wish you success.
  • Я пришёл к свяще́ннику поговори́ть о душе́.
  • I came to the priest to talk about the soul.
  • Танцо́ры вкла́дывают в та́нец свою́ ду́шу.
  • Dancers put their souls into their dance.
  • Ру́сские изве́стны свое́й зага́дочной душо́й.
  • Russians are known for their mysterious soul.
  • На у́лице нет ни одно́й души́.
  • There is not a single soul in the street.
  • На́ши ду́ши ве́чно оста́нутся молоды́ми.
  • Our souls will be forever young.
  • Де́ти - э́то отраже́ние на́ших душ.
  • Children are reflections of our souls.
  • Я люблю́ тебя́ всей душо́й.
  • I love you with all my heart and soul. (familiar)
  •  literal  I love you with all my soul.
  • Она́ всей си́лой души́ ненави́дит врага́.
  • She hates the enemy with all her heart and soul.
  •  literal  She [with] all strength of soul hates enemy.
  • Дохо́д на ду́шу населе́ния увели́чится в два ра́за.
  • The per capita income will double.
  •  literal  Income per soul [of] population will increase in two times.
  • Спаси́те на́ши ду́ши.
  • Save our souls. / Save our spirits.
  • Что у тебя́ на душе́?
  • What's on your mind?
  •  literal  What at you on soul?
  • Что де́лать, е́сли пло́хо на душе́? Ну́жно пое́хать на приро́ду. Душе́ ста́нет ле́гче.
  • What to do if I feel like hell (in the dumps)? You need to go to the country. You'll feel better at heart.
  •  literal  What [to] do, if bad on soul? Necessary [to] go on Nature. [To] soul [it] will become lighter.
  • Вот клубни́ка. Е́шьте ско́лько душе́ уго́дно.
  • Here's the strawberry. Eat to your heart's content.
  • Мне о́чень тяжело́ на душе́!
  • My heart is heavy. / I am sick at heart.
  •  literal  To me very heavy on soul.
  • Э́тот челове́к мне по душе́.
  • I like this person.
  •  literal  This person is to my soul.
  • Скажи́ мне по душе́, не ты ли завари́л э́ту ка́шу?
  • Tell me frankly, was it you who stirred up trouble?
  •  literal  Tell me by soul, not you whether brewed that porridge?

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • в душе́ = at heart
      literal  in soul
  • на ду́шу (населе́ния) = per head, per capita
      literal  on soul (of population)
  • всей душо́й = with all one's heart and soul
      literal  with all soul
  • На душе́ ко́шки скребу́т. = I am sick at heart.
      literal  cats scratch on soul
  • душа́ в ду́шу = in harmony, at one
      literal  soul in soul
  • душа́ о́бщества = the life and soul of the party
      literal  the soul of society
  • зале́зть в ду́шу кому-л. = to worm oneself into smb.'s confidence
  • (де́лать что-л.) с душо́й = (to do smth) with feeling
  • не по душе́ = displeases
      literal  not by soul
  • по душе́ = pleases, to one's liking; sincerely
      literal  by soul
  • рабо́тать с душо́й = to put one's heart into one's work
      literal  to work with soul
  • (люби́ть, ненави́деть) все́ми фи́брами души́ = (to love, hate) very strongly, passionately
  • от всей души́ = with all one's heart, from the bottom of one's heart
      literal  from all soul
  • по душа́м = candidly, sincerely
  • говори́ть по душа́м с кем-л. = to have a heart-to-heart talk with smb.
      literal  to talk by souls
  • ско́лько душе́ уго́дно = to one's heart's content, as much as one wants
      literal  as much as soul wants
  • душа́ мо́я! = my dear! my darling!
  • в глубине́ ду́ши = deep in one's heart
  • брать за ду́шу = to touch the heart
  • за́ячья душа́ = faintheart
      literal  hare's soul
 Related words:
  • се́рдце = heart
  • дух = spirit, mind
  • душе́вный = mental, sincere, emotional, spiritual
  • ду́шка = dear, love
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Бога́тому ду́ша деше́вле гроша́.
  • Money is the root of all evil.
  •  literal  To the rich, the soul is cheaper than a penny (half copeck coin).
  • Поря́док - ду́ша вся́кого де́ла.
  • One's room is a witness of the orderliness of his mind.
  •  literal  Order is the soul of any business.
  • Руба́шка бела́, да душа́ черна́.
  • Fair without, foul within.
  •  literal  The shirt is white but the soul is black.
     Other forms of the word (declensions):
    Case Singular Plural
    Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
    Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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