Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "young" in Russian

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Meaning: young

Pronunciation: [mah-lah-DOY]

Part of speech: adjective (See #679)

Rank: #288 (see frequency list)

He's still young, he's 25 years old.
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 Example sentences:
  • Он ещë молодо́й, ему́ то́лько два́дцать пять лет.
  • He's still young, he's just 25 years old.
  • У тебя́ есть молодо́й челове́к?
  • Have you got a boyfriend?
  •  literal  At you is young man?
  • Эх, прошли́ мои́ молоды́е го́ды!
  • Ah, my young days are already gone!
  •  literal  Ah, my young years are already gone!
  • Она́ была́ пожило́й же́нщиной с молоды́м го́лосом.
  • She was an elderly woman with a young voice.
  • Ты отно́сишь себя́ к молодо́му поколе́нию?
  • Do you consider yourself to be the young generation?
  • Ты не хо́чешь попро́бовать молодо́го карто́феля с на́шей гря́дки?
  • Would you like to try young potatoes from our garden?
  •  literal  You don't want to try young potatoes from our garden?
  • Ты сли́шком мо́лод, что́бы реша́ть таки́е вопро́сы.
  • You're too young to solve this kind of problems.
  • Я любова́лся молоды́ми ли́стьями.
  • I was admiring young leaves.
  • Он чу́вствовал себя́ молоды́м.
  • He felt young.
  •  literal  He felt himself young.
  • Как пожива́ют молоды́е?
  • How are the newlyweds?

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • молодо́й карто́фель = young potatoes
  • молодо́е вино́ = young wine
  • молодо́й ме́сяц = new moon
      literal  young moon
  • молоды́е = newlyweds
  • молодо́й гóлос = young voice
  • мо́лод душо́й = feel young being old
  • мóлодо-зéлено = unexperienced person
  • молодо́й челове́к = boyfriend, fiancé
      literal  young man
 Related words:
  • мо́лодость = youth
  • молоде́ц = well-done
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • От ве́тоши молодо́й траве́ хо́ду нет.
  • Old people don't give way to the young ones.
  •  literal  Young grass can't grow because of the rags.
  • Молодо́й - игру́шки, а ста́рой - поду́шка.
  • Young people need toys and old people, pillows.
  • Молодо́й на слу́жбу, ста́рый на сове́т.
  • Young people, for work, old people, for advice.

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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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