Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "when" in Russian

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когда

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Meaning: when, while, as

Pronunciation: [kahg-DAH]

Part of speech: adverb, conjunction

Rank: #43 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Когда́ э́то бы́ло?
  • When was it?
  • Она пришла́ в тот день, когда́ её никто́ не жда́л.
  • She came on the day when nobody was expecting her.
  • Я чита́ю когда́ оди́н, когда́ два́ часа́ в день.
  • I read sometimes one hour, sometimes two hours a day.
  • Он встре́тил её, когда́ шёл на рабо́ту.
  • He met her when he was going to work.
  • Он засну́л, когда́ смотре́л телеви́зор.
  • He fell asleep while he was watching TV.
  • Когда́ так, я согла́сен.
  • If that is the case, I agree.
  • Когда ты придёшь?
  • When will you come?


 Idioms and set expressions:
  • когда ..., когда ... = sometimes ..., sometimes ...
  • когда бы = if
  • когда ... ни; (когда ни) = whenever
  • Когда как. = It depends.
  • Есть когда нам заниматься этим! = We have no time for it!
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Когда жареный петух клюнет.
  • At a pinch. (In Queer street.)
  • Когда корова сдохнет, всегда её хвалят.
  • Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead.
  • Когда рак на горе свистнет.
  • When pigs begin to fly.
  • Человека узнаешь, когда с ним пуд соли съешь.
  • Before you make a friend eat a bushel of salt with him.
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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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