Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "there" in Russian

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Meaning: there, then

Pronunciation: [tahm]

Part of speech: adverb

Rank: #76 (see frequency list)

The boy is sitting here and the girl there.
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 Example sentences:
  • Мáльчик сиди́т здесь, а дéвочка - там.
  • The boy is sitting here and the girl there.
  • Там мнóго нарóду?
  • Are there many people there?
  • Ты ужé был там?
  • Have you already been there?
  • Бу́ду там чéрез полчасá.
  • I'll be there in half an hour.
  • Они живу́т там же, где и рáньше.
  • They live in the same place as they used to.
  •  literal  They live in the same place as earlier.
  • Зачéм сейчác решáть: там ви́дно бу́дет!
  • Why do we have to decide it now: we will do it when the time comes.
  •  literal  Why to decide it now: it'll be seen there!
  • Мы ужé там посмóтрим, по обстоя́тельствам.
  • We'll decide in there, depending on the circumstances.
  • Там онá одéжду ку́пит, там - кни́ги, так дéньги все и ухóдят.
  • She would buy clothes here, some books there, all the money is wasted like that.
  •  literal  She would buy clothes there, some books there, all the money goes away like that.
  • Каки́е там у тебя́ делá! Ты не рабóте в Интернéте весь день сиди́шь!
  • What kind of things do you have to do! You're connected all day at work!
  •  literal  What kind of things do you have to do! You sit on the Internet all day at work!
  • Что бы он там ни говори́л, а ромáн всë-таки интерécный.
  • Whatever he says, the novel is interesting anyway.
  • Ну, сдéлай там пáру упражнéний.
  • Ok, do some exercises.
  •  literal  Ok, do some exercises there.
  • Какóе там! У меня́ нет врéмени дáже за проду́ктами сходи́ть!
  • It's just impossible! I don't have time even to go to the supermarket!

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • там же = in the same place
  • там и сям = here and there
  • то там то сям = now here, now there
  • тут и там = here and there
  • какóе там = it's impossible
      literal  how there
  • кудá там = it's impossible
      literal  where there
 Related words:
  • тáмошний = from there
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Хорошó там, где нас нет.
  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
  •  literal  It is good there where we are not present.
  • Где дëшево, там и дóрого.
  • The cheap is expensive.
  • Где был, там и будь!
  • Preserve your life position!
  •  literal  Stay there, where you were!

Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

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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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