Diminutives can be derived from common nouns, too. The word mamochka (from mama) can be used by a son or daughter who wants to indicate a mother's sweetness and dearness. Sobachka, from the word sobaka (dog), expresses the dog's cuteness and smallness – English speakers might use “doggy” to convey the same meaning.
To use an example from literature, in Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov's first name, Rodion, appears in the following forms: Rodya, Rodenka, and Rodka. His sister, Avdotya, is frequently referred to as "Dunya" and "Dunechka" throughout the novel.
Other Russian diminutives you might hear include:
- Dima (for Dmitri)
- Masha (for Maria)
- Misha (for Mikhail)
- Vova (for Vladimir)
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