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Do you still answer “хорошо” when someone asks you how you are doing or how you liked that film? Here are some words to help you express positivity with more nuance.
Note on grammar: different phrases will require different forms of the word. For example, when someone asks you “Как дела?” (“How are you?”) you would say “Хорошо” (adverb), but if someone is asking you “Какая сегодня погода?” (“What’s the weather like today?”), you should use the adjective to agree with the noun — “Хорошая.” This post will concentrate on the adverb forms.
You may know the noun “прекрасный” (beautiful). Just as хорошо, прекрасно may refer to feeling good.
Прекрасно can be used as a response of approval of something.
Прекрасно can also be used in expressions like прекрасно знать, прекрасно видеть, прекрасно понимать to mean “to know/see/understand perfectly well.”
Замечательный is similar to “wonderful” in English, so замечательно can mean “great, wonderful.”
The literal meaning of замечательно is “remarkable, noteworthy.” It is related to “замечать,” to notice.
Великолепно conveys a stronger sense of adoration, similar to “splendid” or “superb.” It is related to the noun великолепие, magnificence.
Note the word stress in this word. Здорово (not to be confused with здоровый, healthy) is a somewhat colloquial way of saying “great, awesome, nifty,” etc.
This final word is fairly colloquial, too. Классно means “great, cool” and is unlikely to be used in formal writing.
To practice what you learned, can you make out what Ilya Lagutenko (Илья Лагутенко) sings at the 0:35 mark?
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