We know every country has their own idioms, which often make no sense to anyone other than those who have grown up with them, but for those in the know, they make perfect sense!

We are bringing you Russia’s TOP TEN idioms, with a helping hand from renowned artist Nathan James. By the time you’ve familiarised yourself with these, we’re hoping you won’t get overexcited… but you’ll jump out of your pants!

#1

Russians Don’t Exaggerate, They 'Make An Elephant Out Of A Fly'

Russians Don’t Exaggerate, They 'Make An Elephant Out Of A Fly'

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Hiruya
Community Member
3 years ago

We use mosquitos instead in Germany

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#2

A Russian Won’t Lie To You, He’ll 'Hang Noodles On Your Ears'

A Russian Won’t Lie To You, He’ll 'Hang Noodles On Your Ears'

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Rita
Community Member
3 years ago

it's correct, but in Russia we don't eat noodle from Chinese small box :)

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#3

You Are Not Just Talented Or Skilled, You Can 'Shoe A Flea'

You Are Not Just Talented Or Skilled, You Can 'Shoe A Flea'

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John Tenletters
Community Member
3 years ago

Nono, not a shoe like the one at the picture. A horseshoe.

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#4

It’ll Never Happen – ‘A Lobster Whistles On Top Of A Mountain’

It’ll Never Happen – ‘A Lobster Whistles On Top Of A Mountain’

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Igor Nikeshin
Community Member
3 years ago

crayfish is correct !)

Irina Nekrasova
Community Member
3 years ago

It is, but a lobster seems to be louder)

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Sergei
Community Member
3 years ago

Literally: "When a crayfish whistles on a mountain".

Victoria Stepanov
Community Member
3 years ago

You can also say "after it rains on a Thursday" :)

Dennis Kovalev
Community Member
3 years ago

Or "once in blue moon"

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
3 years ago

In America, it's "When pigs fly"

ispeak catanese
Community Member
3 years ago

In Puerto Rico, it's when chickens ride bycicles!

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Anastasia Pomorova.
Community Member
3 years ago

It's not a lobster, it should be a cancer.

Anna E.
Community Member
3 years ago

crayfish

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Echo
Community Member
3 years ago

And the comments go down hill. lol arguing over a shrimp. I mean crawdad, crab, I mean lobster, I mean crayfish, I mean prawn.... we get it

Sergey Vasilyev
Community Member
3 years ago

After the rain on Thursday!

Eugene Kartoyev
Community Member
3 years ago

I heard someone say - " When a dead fish farts in a puddle" (Когда дохлая рыба в луже пёрнет)

Alexandr Lyovin
Community Member
3 years ago

When pigs fly?)

Layla
Community Member
3 years ago

In Holland: try to convince your cat that that is true

Bram de Bruyckere
Community Member
3 years ago

Im sorry. I didnt read it good enough😅

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Olga Razoumovski
Community Member
3 years ago

In Russian they also say "when hair grows on my palm"

Nino Sukh
Community Member
3 years ago

In Republic of Georgia we say: "When a donkey climbs a tree" 😂

Andrew Cas
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a western red rock lobster to me!

Olivia W
Community Member
3 years ago

When pigs fly (UK)

Kalin Petrov
Community Member
3 years ago

In Bulgaria we say : "When the wooden shoes bloom" (когато цъфнат налъмите")

Arthur Litovko
Community Member
2 years ago

Heh. I have a friend with the last name Рак (Crayfish). So he specially recorded a video, where he whistles on the mountain.

Demavive la Lune
Community Member
2 years ago

In Croatia it's "When grapes grow on a willow" :D ("Kad na vrbi rodi grožđe").

Артур Задурян
Community Member
3 years ago

to be precise, 1) crayfish, not lobster, and 2) you say something like " meh, only gonna happen when crayfish whistles on a mountain"

Evgeny Knyazev
Community Member
3 years ago

Crawfish not lobster

Dmitry Bondarenko
Community Member
3 years ago

Not 'a lobster', but a cancer

Daria Chliaeva
Community Member
3 years ago

it is not the lobster, it is the crawfish !

Bel Riquelme
Community Member
3 years ago

when it will rain knives - In Portuguese

Alex Kirik
Community Member
3 years ago

Untill lobster whistle..

Alper
Community Member
3 years ago

In Turkish it is: When the anchovy goes up the poplar tree

Mariya Denisyuk
Community Member
3 years ago

Crayfish :)

Elena Yakina
Community Member
3 years ago

No panic , it's just a common saying, nothing to do with dentists, just like you say 'bet my hat', we say 'bet my tooth'

Albina Ilyasova
Community Member
3 years ago

Should be yabby, not lobster

Илья Бахтин
Community Member
3 years ago

A crayfish (not lobster of course :) ) whistles quicker than what You tell....

Johan Maebe
Community Member
3 years ago

Here in Belgium it's: when the chickens have teeth

Rose Tiongco
Community Member
3 years ago

In the Philippines, when the crows turn white.

Inés Escobar
Community Member
3 years ago

In Spain it's "when frogs grow hair" and also "when pigs fly"!

ViolinLover
Community Member
3 years ago

Except that this lobster is dead, since it's red😏

Lana Dubes
Community Member
3 years ago

When lobster whistles and fish sings..lol

Christy Tarasova
Community Member
3 years ago

Not lobster, not crayfish, yabby!

Christy Tarasova
Community Member
3 years ago

Not lobster, yabby :)

Marina Ochoa
Community Member
3 years ago

Рак это CRAB 🦀!!!

Marina Ochoa
Community Member
3 years ago

It's CRAB 🦀

Sindy Mohammed
Community Member
3 years ago

In portuguese, not even if a cow coughs!

Ilya Karmishin
Community Member
3 years ago

not a lobster but a cancer

Lana Soboleva
Community Member
3 years ago

Complete idiom is: "when a crayfish whistles on a mountain, and a fish sings". Definitely similar to "when pigs fly", as in "never" :)

Katya Nikitina
Community Member
3 years ago

Когда лобстер на горе свистнет? Лол это уже для гурманов 🤣

Elina Lublinsky
Community Member
3 years ago

Crayfish!

Ljudmila Trojanova
Community Member
3 years ago

Not lobster. Cancer.

Inna Prodan
Community Member
3 years ago

Is crawfish, not cancer!

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Elena Nochkina
Community Member
3 years ago

One an also say 'After Thursday's rain' which is perfectly well completed by the 'when a crayfish whistles on top of a mountain'. These two can be used both separately or together.

Amber Ice
Community Member
3 years ago

But rain on a Thursday isn't that rare

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Rita
Community Member
3 years ago

For example, the Russian national football team will win the olympiad when the crayfish on the mountain is hanging. (Hence never)

Николай Викторов
Community Member
3 years ago

Sounds kinda stupid since that has happened twice already.. world cup would be a whole lot better of an example)

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Diana Voronina
Community Member
3 years ago

Crayfish! Not cancer. Cancer is disease.

adoracat
Community Member
3 years ago

Cancer is also an astrological sign, whose symbol is a crab. So, very similar. :)

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#5

A Russian Person Doesn’t Swear Something Is True… He Will ‘Give You His Tooth For It’

A Russian Person Doesn’t Swear Something Is True… He Will ‘Give You His Tooth For It’

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Devesh Jha
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3 years ago

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Why picture of a lady while the idiom says "He"

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#6

Russians Don’t Show Off… They ‘Throw Dust In Your Eyes’

Russians Don’t Show Off… They ‘Throw Dust In Your Eyes’

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Ahmad AlKhalaf
Community Member
3 years ago

In Syria they go, "how about I make your mind fly away!" Sort of a "blow ur mind" thing

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#7

A Russian Doesn’t Say He’s In A Crowded Place, He Says He’s 'Like Herring In The Barrel'

A Russian Doesn’t Say He’s In A Crowded Place, He Says He’s 'Like Herring In The Barrel'

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Vela Lightle
Community Member
3 years ago

Packed like Sardines. Same thing really.

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#8

A Russian Doesn’t Get Overexcited, He 'Jumps Out Of His Pants'

A Russian Doesn’t Get Overexcited, He 'Jumps Out Of His Pants'

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Intensive Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

Pants, not undies

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#9

Russians Don’t Have A Snack, They 'Kill The Worm'

Russians Don’t Have A Snack, They 'Kill The Worm'

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Jörg Zingler
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor worm :(

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#10

Russians Don’t Say You Have An Interesting Aspect To Your Character, They Say You Have A 'Raisin'

Russians Don’t Say You Have An Interesting Aspect To Your Character, They Say You Have A 'Raisin'

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Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Now this one is very weird.

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