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чувак  [choo-VAK] (masculine noun) – dude, man, guy

А кто этот чувак? Ты его раньше здесь видел? = Who is that guy? Have you seen him here before?

У тебя что, чувак, совсем крыша поехала? =  Dude, are you nuts?

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спина - a back (28th September 2011)

спина [spi-NA] (feminine noun) – a back

У меня болит спина. = I have a backache.

Он нёс на спине рюкзак. = He was carrying a backpack on his back.

Reader Comments (2)

why the sentence is "У меня болит..." and not "меня болит...." or "Я боль..."???
not well understood the use of "У" yet...

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersabina

The construction "У меня" is often used to say that you have something, for example: У меня есть собака. = I have a dog. If you translate "У меня болит спина" word by word, it'll be "In me hurts the back". It's certainly not the same logic as in English, but it's the way we say it in Russian. :)

September 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterKorobova Elena

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