Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "side" in Russian

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сторона

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Meaning: side, direction, land, place, party

Pronunciation: [stah-rah-NAH]

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #122 (see frequency list)



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 Example sentences:
  • В Росси́и е́здят по пра́вой стороне́ доро́ги.
  • In Russia, traffic keeps to the right side of the road.
  •  literal  In Russia, they drive on the right side of the road.
  • Я стою́ с ле́вой стороны́ окна́.
  • I'm standing on the left side of the window.
  • Они́ смо́трят в ра́зные сто́роны.
  • They look in different directions.
  • Влади́мир нашёл сча́стье в чужо́й стороне́.
  • Vladimir found happiness in a foreign land. (colloquial)
  • Ско́лько сторо́н в квадра́те?
  • How many sides does a square have?
  • В квадра́те четы́ре стороны́.
  • A square has four sides.
  • С одно́й стороны́, он хоро́ший челове́к. Но с друго́й стороны́, у него́ е́сть недоста́тки.
  • On the one hand, he is a good person. But on the other hand, he has drawbacks.
  • Дава́йте посмо́трим на э́то с друго́й стороны́.
  • Let's look at this from another angle.
  • Она́ перешла́ на на́шу сто́рону.
  • She came over to our side.
  • Не волну́йтесь, я на ва́шей стороне́.
  • Don't worry, I'm on your side. (polite or plural)
  • Мы рассмотре́ли вопро́с со всех сторо́н.
  • We have considered the question in all its aspects.
  • Это бы́ло глу́по с мое́й стороны́.
  • It was stupid on my part.
  • Я огляде́лся по сторона́м.
  • I looked around.
  • Сто́роны заключи́ли догово́р.
  • The parties entered into a contract.
  •  literal  The parties made an agreement.


 Idioms and set expressions:
  • в стороне = aside
  • в разные стороны = in different directions
  • С одной стороны, ... = On the one hand...
      literal  from one side
  • С другой стороны, ... = On the other hand...
      literal  from another side
  • родная сторона = native land
  • чужая сторона = foreign country
  • держаться в стороне = to stand aside; to keep aloof
  • искать на стороне = to seek elsewhere
  • шутки в сторону = joking apart
  • передняя сторона = front; face; obverse
  • задняя сторона = backside; back; rear
  • оглядеться по сторонам = to look around
      literal  to look by directions
  • сторона света = one of the four directions (north, south, west, east)
  • идти на все четыре стороны = to be free to go to the four corners of the earth
  • обратная сторона медали = the other side of the medal; reverse side
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Бойся быка спереди, коня сзади, а человека со всех сторон.
  • Beware of the bull from the front, the horse from behind, and the man from all sides.
  • Всякому мила своя сторона.
  • Every bird likes its own nest. (There is no place like home.)
  • На чужой стороне и кости по родине плачут.
  • The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
  • Всякая медаль о двух сторонах.
  • Every medal has two sides.
  • Со стороны виднее.
  • The onlooker sees most of the game.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Nominativeсторона́сто́роны
Genitiveстороны́сторо́н
Dativeстороне́сторона́м
Accusativeсто́ронусто́роны
Instrumentalстороно́й (стороно́ю)сторона́ми
Prepositionalстороне́сторона́х
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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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