Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "to write" in Russian

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Meaning: to write, paint, compose

Pronunciation: [pee-SAHT']

Part of speech: verb (imperfective aspect)

Rank: #218 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Мы пи́шем письмо́ роди́телям.
  • We are writing a letter to our parents.
  • Я пишу́ дипло́м уже́ полго́да.
  • I’ve been writing my undergraduate thesis for six months already.
  • На уро́ке студе́нты писа́ли дикта́нт.
  • The students took a quiz during the lesson.
  • Моя́ подру́га — журнали́стка. Она́ пи́шет статьи́ в журна́л мод.
  • My friend is a journalist. She writes articles for a fashion magazine.
  • Когда́ вы бу́дете писа́ть отчёт?
  • When will you write the report?
  • Пиши́те чётко и аккура́тно, не торопи́тесь.
  • Write plain and neatly, don’t rush.
  • Э́́́́тот худо́жник пи́шет карти́ны ма́слом.
  • This artist paints his pictures with oil paint.
  • Ты уме́ешь писа́ть по-япо́нски? — Нет, но я немно́го говорю́ и чита́ю по-япо́нски.
  • Can you write in Japanese? — No, but I can speak and read in Japanese a bit.
  • Ру́сский компози́тор Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский писа́л о́перы, бале́ты, конце́рты, симфо́нии. Его́ бале́ты "Лебеди́ное о́зеро", "Спя́щая краса́вица", "Щелку́нчик" изве́стны во всём ми́ре.
  • The Russian composer Peotr Ilyich Chaikovsky wrote operas, ballets, concerts, and symphonies. His ballets “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Nutcracker” are known all over the world.
  • Е́сли бы ты меня́ не отвлека́л, я бы писа́ла бы́стрее.
  • If you didn’t distract me I would write faster.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • писа́ть как ку́рица ла́пой = to write like chicken scratches / someone’s writing is a scrawl
      literal  to write like a hen by its claw
  • писа́ть вензеля́ = to stagger / reel along (of a drunken person)
      literal  to write monograms
  • писа́ть кро́вью = to write in one’s own blood
      literal  to write in blood
  • говори́т как пи́шет = about someone who speaks smoothly and well
      literal  speaks like writes
 Related words:
  • написа́ть = to write, paint, compose
  • писа́тель = writer
  • писа́тельница = writer (female)
  • письмо́ = letter
  • запи́ска = note
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Пиши́ пропа́ло.
  • It is as good as lost.
  •  literal  Write “disappeared”.
  • Пошла́ писа́ть губе́рния.
  • Things started moving. / And the ball started rolling. / There they go!
  •  literal  The province went to write.
  • Дела́ иду́т, конто́ра пи́шет.
  • Things go on and never stop. / Things are on the move, and the office is open. / Our busy office hums and clatters: we do our best to speed up letters!
  •  literal  Things go on, the office writes.
  • За неиме́нием ге́рбовой пи́шут на просто́й.
  • All is good in a famine. / When all fails welcome haws. / Something is better than nothing.
  •  literal  Not having a stamped paper they write on a plain one.

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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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