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|Russian to English translations [Non-PRO]|
Other / olimpic games
|Russian term or phrase: чебурашка|
|Чебурашка — талисман олимпийской команды России|
"Cheburashka (Russian: Чебурашка) is a creature from a story by Russian writer Eduard Uspensky. He is also the hero (voiced by Klara Rumyanova) of the animated film series by Soyuzmultfilm studio.
According to the story, Cheburashka is a funny little animal, unknown to science, who lived in the tropical forest. He accidentally got into a crate of oranges, ate his fill and fell asleep. Cheburashka is not a personal name; it is a species name invented by the puzzled director of the shop, where he was found. The salesmen took the animal out and sat him on the table, but his paws have got numb after a long time spent in a crate and he tumbled down ("cheburahnulsya", a Russian colloquialism, "tumbled" in English) from the table onto the chair and from the chair, where he could not sit for the same reason, onto the floor. The director of the shop, who saw it, called him Cheburashka. The words with this root were obsolete in Russian; Uspensky gave them a new life. (The classic Explanatory Dictionary of the Live Great Russian language of Vladimir Dahl gives the meaning of "cheburashka" as another name for "Vanka-Vstanka" tumbler toy.)
Cheburashka has a bear-like body and large round ears and is about the size of a 5-year old child. The gender of the creature is most likely male. In the tale he is friends with a friendly crocodile Gena, who walks on his hind legs and plays an accordion. It should also be noted that Gena's occupation is that of "crocodile" in a zoo. (This sort of dry humor is very typical of Uspensky's work.)
Cheburashka is known to every Russian or ex-USSR person and was chosen as an official mascot for the Russian Olympic Team for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. He is also one of the few Russian animation characters to be a subject of numerous Russian jokes. .."
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