свежо предание, да верится с трудом

Common Russian phrases


Transcription (the accent is shown in capital letters):

[svee-ZHO pree-DA-nee-ye, da VYE-ree-tsa s tru-DOM]

Translation / meaning:

lit: the legend is fresh but hard to believe

used to say exactly that: the story is new, but it is very hard to believe it


This phrase is taken from Griboyedov's comedy "Woe from Wit" and belongs to a character named Chatsky.
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