Odessa's Language

Did you know that the Ukrainian city Odessa has a defined Russian dialect? It has a strong influence mostly from Jewish and Ukrainian, as well as a grammatically “easy” way of speaking.

This happens because, in addition to the territory having a history of very diverse cultural influences, Odessa is a port on the Black Sea, which has always received ships and people from different places and cultures.

Some examples of commonly used phrases and words in Odessa:

  • Таки да! - Yes, really!
  • Я Вас умоляю! - For pity’s sake! (Lit. meaning - I’m begging you!)
  • Я имею вам сказать. - I have something to tell you. (but without the “something”)
  • на секундочку/минуточку - by the way, imagine (Lit. meaning - for a second/minute)

  • Делать беременную голову - to annoy (Lit. meaning - to make a pregnant head)
  • мансы - disreputable actions or intentions.
  • гембель - noise, scandal, trouble.

You can find more examples watching the series “Maestro” (Learn a Language with TV Shows and Movies - Lingopie) and “The Cardsharp” (Learn a Language with TV Shows and Movies - Lingopie). I highly recommend them, they are very entertaining!

If you find any similar quote in these series, leave it in the comments! :heavy_heart_exclamation: