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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?

Personal pronouns


Have a look at the personal pronouns in Russian:

Я = I

Мы = we

Ты = you (singular and informal)

Вы = you (plural or formal)

Он = he

Она = she

Они = they


You've certainly noticed that there're two different "you" in Russian (exactly like in French and some other languages). We generally use "вы" when we talk to strangers, or people we'd like to be very polite with (people older than us, employers, teachers etc). We use "ты" with people we know well, or children. Keep in mind that these are just general rules, and even native speakers often doubt whether they should use "ты" or "вы". If you aren't sure, it's safer to use "вы" till you're told to use "ты" or till the other person says "ты" to you.


Learn the pronouns ( flashcards).