Guess what this says?


Okay, for those smarty-pantses who did guess… Then tell me what this says.


Yep, living here can be confusing.


33 thoughts on “Guess what this says?

  1. Dear enidd. Oh yer, I think so too but at the moment I’m still enjoying my pretty sparkles.

    Dear beccy. Oh no, I’ve been here too long. I thought it would be obvious!

    Dear melissa. heeheh that’s quite funny, I just realised that cyrillic can indeed look like a maths equation!

  2. I forgot to say – are they really sparkles?? I thought that they were leaves with the sun shining through!!!

  3. It says “Change for Independence Square Station for trains to: ‘Heroes of the Dnieper’, Minsk, Valley, Petrovka, Taras Shevchenko, Contract Square, Post Office Square, Independence Square, Tolstoy Square, Republican Stadium, Ukraine Palace, Swan Square.

    but I’m sure you really know that

    Actually I’m cheating as I lived in Kyiv in 1984-86. Everything used to be in Russian then. In fact, the only Ukrainian place name in the city was for the Maidan which at that time was called Ploshcha Zhovtnevnii Revolutsii – October Revolution Square.

    I used to live at at Libids’ka but the metro line was still being built then. When I arrived in May 1984 at was as hot as it is now, a week later we had three feet of snow.

  4. I’m not sure about the first photo, but the second one says. “Please do not leave opened Vodka bottles on the seat. Fat ladies given preference because we find them hot! Men please keep penis out of sight. Special on beetroot this week. What’s that smell?”

  5. Dear amy w. Nope, it doesn’t say no freaking clue, but close!

    Dear joeinvegas. I’m sure you understand things that are at least written in a familiar alphabet?

    Dear chrisb. You’re a clever duck – I know you harbour a secret fascination with Ukraine and want to visit, you know everything! It is indeed a metro sign.

    Dear mummy moi. Well you know me and languages with other writing – although I can hardly saw I remember most of the Japanese I learnt. Next I’ll tackle arabic. Oh yeah… sun. Hmm never thought of that, but seems so – negatived?

    Dear varske. Umm.. I don’t know! Why is Aida on holiday?!

    Dear alex. You trickster. I can tell you must have known the russian names, saying Petrovka tsk tsk and Dneipr (although I am calling most places Russian names now, as my teacher insists on it, e.g. Propekt Pebody rather than peremohy etc).

    Dear karmyn. Haha dead end is rather a literal interpretation of that sign. Or rather, ‘How to escape the dead end!’ I never thought of that before.

    Dear willowtree. BINGO! That’s it, you hit the nail square on the head. That’s exactly what it says. Thanks so much. And to think, we met when YOU needed an interpreter. PS what WAS the smell?

  6. I was thinking that the first sign said hospital. Although my guess is late in the Ukrainian day, how about this?

    No Fishing, the fish are not fish at all, but pollywogs. Please let the pollywogs grow to adulthood so that they sing in the Ribbiting Chorus… no?

    Sometimes making sense of signs in English can be a struggle let alone another language with funny letters.

  7. Everyone seems to be talking about the metro signs, which I can read like they were in English. But what really puzzled me was the picture underneath.

    It says (with the help of my Ukrainian dictionary) Today, Aida is on holiday. 5 trips every week.

    Now what secret code is that?

  8. Before it was revealed what the signs said, I was sure it must have had something to do with drinking. And vodka. And drinking vodka.

    Makes me kinda want a cocktail, all that signage.

  9. The second sign says “Today – Daily Ukrainian Newspaper” and then it says “Aida” which means “Let’s go” on vacation – 5 trips every week. I guess it’s an ad for some kind of a vacation package that you can win if you read the newspaper. Meaning that 5 people will win a vacation every week :-P. Yes I am living in Kiev and I can read Ukrainian.

  10. Dear olechko ‘stuck in Lutsk’. Yay! I’m heroic. I thought it was a little bit more scary getting on the marshrutkas though.

    Dear mjd. Yes you’re right about english being confusing enough. I love Pollywogs!

    Dear very nice man. Hmm… Actually, it could very well have said that!

    Dear oh the joys. REALLY? Does it? Bugger, I missed it.

    Dear sabrina. Actually, it’s easy. Just another alphabet, it’s like being able to decipher a secret code.

    Dear varske. Ahh. If you look down, you will see that Vykorn has pointed out that the ad for Sevodnya is referring to giving away a trip. But how many Ukies have you met who are called Aida?!

    Dear lacubanagringa. To be honest, you don’t need signs to make you feel like drinking in this town. You just walk down the street!

    Dear give it a try. Hehe. What about ‘She’s 27 and she likes the metro’.

    Dear Natalia. Seriously, Mr Moi and I were talking about this the other day. It totally shites on the Tube in London – so much quicker, cleaner and more efficient. AND there are escalators everywhere – no stairs!

    Dear vykorn. Thanks for the translation. Is ‘aida’ Ukrainian or Russian? Just for future reference.

    Dear willowtree. Ah I can picture is now, and it ain’t pretty as I’m trying to eat my cornflakes.

    Dear the otherbear. Hey… we’ll send them to the hypothetical fart cubicle to get the slaps on the bum!

  11. “Aida” is slang for “Let’s go” or “Come on”. It’s not commonly used but to answer your question you can use it both in Ukrainian and Russian.

  12. It says:

    “The penalities for mispronouncing Urkrainian language and, therefore, insulting the entire nation and proud culture include but are not limited to having legs shaved without soap and with unsharpened implement, revokation of Vodka privaleges, siezure of coats during the winter, and Chinese water torture because we do respect and appreciate other cultures. Welcome to Ukraine!.”

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