Olga asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 9 years ago

What does russian word "Halyava" mean?

I hear it often. I'm exchanged student studying in Russia. Looks like it is something like food, or money, or something else.

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Best Answer

    This word means completely free stuff, bonuses (like getting something with extremely low cost) or other achievement, i.e. getting A mark after slacking during all the term.

    There's another meaning, 'Halyava' is mythical personage, who helps get halyava.

    There's tradition among Russian students, at night before exam they open the window and call Halyava, asking for help on a coming exam.

  • Val
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Nik_OL's answer is very good, I can only add that generally, halyava means something that you got without working for it. When something requires time and effort to get, and you get it by putting much less effort than needed, or without any efforts at all - that's halyava.

    Source(s): I'm Russian
  • 9 years ago

    it means "freebie"

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