Ri Michael
Is there any difference between.... What is the difference between мальчик/парень? Is their use the same??
Feb 12, 2012 1:07 AM
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We usually say "мальчик" about a child (male child, of course). Teenager of 12-16 is usually called "подросток". An older boy is "парень". Age bounds I have put here are not strict, of course, but just approximate.
February 12, 2012
I think the difference between "мальчик" and "парень" is the same as between English words "a boy" and "a guy". Basically, if he is under thirteen, he is a "мальчик", after that he is a "парень". Although sometimes people also can refer to young men as "мальчики", just like in English people can call them "boys".
February 12, 2012
Yes. "Мальчик" is a child, "парень" is a young man. But sometimes little boy we can call "парень" if want to show that he is clever, and say "мальчик" when speak about yong man, if he is very young (for example, a woman can say "мальчик" about her young lover).
February 14, 2012
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