Eсли у вас нету дома (If you don’t have a house…)

If you don’t have a house then it can’t burn down…if you don’t have a wife then she can’t run off with your friend… if you don’t have a dog then your neighbour can’t poison it … if you don’t have an auntie then you won’t lose her. If you don’t live then you can’t die..

Practical, albeit stoical, philosophy there in a song I’ve just encountered in my Russian lessons and which I remember from watching the film The Irony of Fate at a UCLAN Russian society meeting in the New Year. Here is the song on Youtube – and here are the lyrics and translation. I am going to memorise it because it gives good practice with Eсли and use of genitive case in the negative.

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