Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "different" in Russian

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Meaning: different, diverse, various, distinct

Pronunciation: [RAHZ-niy]

Part of speech: adjective

Rank: #337 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Мы жи́ли в одно́м до́ме, но на ра́зных этажа́х.
  • We lived in one and the same apartment block, but on different floors.
  • Э́ти собы́тия происходи́ли в ра́зное вре́мя.
  • These events happened at different time.
  • Мы с подру́гой писа́ли сочине́ния на ра́зные те́мы.
  • My friend and I wrote compositions on different topics.
  • Есть ра́зные спо́собы реше́ния э́той зада́чи.
  • There are different ways of solving this mathematical problem.
  • И́́ра и О́ля близнецы́, но совсе́м не похо́жи: у них ра́зная вне́шность, ра́зные хара́ктеры, ра́зные вку́сы.
  • Ira and Olya are twins, but they are not at all alike: they look different, have different characters and different tastes.
  • Ве́чером де́душка всегда́ расска́зывал нам ра́зные интере́сные исто́рии о свое́й жи́зни.
  • In the evening grandfather always used to tell us different interesting stories about his life.
  • В э́том магази́не продаю́т ра́зные сорта́ ча́я.
  • In this shop they sell various sorts of tea.
  • Мой брат лю́бит путеше́ствовать. Он уже́ был в са́мых ра́зных уголка́х ми́ра.
  • My brother likes to travel. He has already been to many different corners of the world.
  • В на́шей библиоте́ке вы найдёте мно́го ра́зных книг по ва́шей те́ме.
  • In our library you'll find many different books on your topic.
  • Сдать экза́мен на права́ и хорошо́ води́ть маши́ну — две ра́зные ве́щи.
  • Passing your driving test and driving well are two different things.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • разойти́сь в ра́зные сто́роны = to go different ways; to part company
      literal  to go in different directions
  • говори́ть на ра́зных языка́х = to be on a different wavelength / to speak different languages; not to understand each other
      literal  to speak different languages
  • ра́зного ро́да = various / different kinds (of); of various kinds (when used after a noun)
      literal  of various kind
  • ра́зные ра́зности (col.) = all sorts of things
      literal  different differences
  • (они́) из ра́зного те́ста = not of the same kidney (about people who differ greatly from each other)
      literal  (they are) from different pastry
  • под ра́зными со́усами = served up with different dressings (in different ways concealing the fact of the matter)
      literal  under different sauces
 Related words:
  • по-ра́зному = differently
  • ра́зница = difference
  • разнообра́зный = various, diverse
  • разли́чный = different, diverse, various

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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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