Russian: troika


TROIKA - ТРОЙКА

Troika  is a sleigh pulled by three horses. The word  troika comes from Russian тройка (troika) composed of трое (troe = three of them) and the diminutive suffix -ka (like in балалайка,  дедушка, and водка.)  The word  трое comes from три трое (tri = three) and is linked to a Proto Indo-European root *trei-, which is also present in our words three, tribe and triad.

Title: Тройка (Troika)
Lyrics: Петр Вяземский   (Peter Viazemsky)
Translation: Валентин (III) Андерс (Valentín Anders)

Едет, едет, едет к ней,
Едет к любушке своей.
Едет, едет, едет к ней,
Едет к любушке своей.
Riding, riding, riding, towards her.
Riding towards his love.
Riding, riding, riding, towards her.
Riding towards his love.
Динь, динь, динь… и тройка стала,
Ямщик спрыгнул с облучка,
Красна девка подбежала
И целует ямщика!
Ding, ding, ding ... and the troika stopped,
The coachman jumped out of his seat,
A fair girl ran
And kissed the coachman!

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