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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?

What is a case?


If you're a total beginner you might be wondering what a case is. Well, it's a grammatical term to indicate a change in the ending of a noun, an adjective or a pronoun. The choice of the case depends on the grammatical function of the words in the sentence. If you've ever studied German or Latin, you're probably familiar with the concept. If not, it isn't as difficult as it sounds! Here's some advice to help you learn the cases:

- Don't try to learn all the six cases at the same time. You'll get confused in no time flat and it'll take ages before you manage to use them correctly.

- Don't learn the endings of the adjectives at the same time as the endings of the nouns. Try to get used to the nouns first.

- Don't learn the plural form for each case at the same time as the singular form. Wait to be at ease with the singular form first.

Удачи! (= Good luck!)