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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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Could I speak to Natasha, please?

Здравствуйте, можно Наташу?  [ZDRAS-tvuy-te, MOZH-na na-TA-shu?] - Hello, could I speak to Natasha, please? (on the phone)

To ask to speak to someone on the phone, you just use "можно" + the person's name in the Accusative case (винительный падеж). The endings will be "-у" or "-ю" for a feminine name (ending in "а" or "я"), and "-а" or "-я" for a masculine name (ending in a consonant).

Можно Антона? = Could I speak to Anton, please? (masculine)

Можно Юлю? = Could I speak to Yulya, please? (feminine)


Please, note that some dimunitives of masculine names end in "а" or "я" and will take a feminine ending, for example, Саша (dimunitive of Александр).

Можно Сашу? = Could I speak to Sasha, please?


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