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What are some common Russian mistakes in English? (+ Russian slang, naming, and swearing help)

Fandom/Setting: Teen Wolf/MCU (namely Daredevil and the Black Widow)

I need to know:

1.) Common and distinctive English mistakes made by native Russian speakers
2.) A Russian name that in some way connects to "Deucalion"
3.) The kind of Russian swearwords you shout when you stub your toe or realize you've lost
4.) Russian diminutives relating to spiders and wolves

Details:

One of my antagonists (goes by Deucalion) was born in Russia/Moscow, and ended up in America at some indeterminate point in his young adulthood, going through Britain at some point in his late adolescence. As of this story, he is in his late 40's/early 50's, and has spent more than half his life in America. (If you are familiar with the Daredevil series on Netflix, Deucalion is going to be another Ranskahov brother - Anatoly's twin brother, to be exact.)

For various criminal reasons, Deucalion worked tremendously hard on his English, right down to the (British) accent, and spent so long speaking it that now, most people assume he's a native speaker. This is useful in America, as this helps ensure no one knows who he is - everyone who tries to dig into his background looks towards Britain instead of Russia. However, when he loses his cool, his real native language starts to bleed out - not in his accent (which he worked particularly hard on), but in his syntax.

One of my protagonists (Scott, a Californian teenager) has been learning Russian from another native speaker (Natasha Romanoff, an ex-KGB spy originally born in Stalingrad), who frequently jokes/expounds on common language mistakes. As such, when Deucalion starts using weird syntax, Scott realizes that this guy isn't actually British, and becomes the first to figure out Deucalion is actually Russian in origin.

Most of my attempts to look this up lead back to common mistakes in Russian made by native English speakers.

I've found a lot of great information on Russian diminutives - and I'm definitely using some of what I've seen here on little_details' Russian tag in my story - but sadly, I wasn't able to find everything.

1.) Common and distinctive English mistakes made by native Russian speakers

When a native Russian speaker learns English, what are some really common/typical mistakes they make? What syntactical habits are hardest for Russians to shake when learning English? In particular, are there any English mistakes specific to Russian, yet not so much to other Eastern European languages?

2.) A Russian name that in some way connects to "Deucalion"

What Russian names either sound like Deucalion, or stem from the same mythology as "Deucalion"? I want there to be a connection between the antagonist's real/legal name, and his chosen name/alias.

3.) The kind of Russian swearwords you shout when you stub your toe or realize you've lost

When a native English speaker is either in a lot of sudden pain, or realizes they're really fucked, they yell a very loud and frustrated, "Shit!" What's the Russian equivalent of that? And what's the most vitriolic way that a Russian/Moscow native would tell someone to go to hell?

4.) Russian diminutives relating to spiders and wolves

The spy (Natasha) sees my protagonist (Scott) as someone akin to a baby brother, or a nephew. She calls him a "little spider", as part of a joke about him being a huge Black Widow fanboy. Later, after she finds out he's a werewolf, she starts using nicknames/diminutives relating to puppies and wolves. What would these kinds of nicknames be? And for a diminutive relating to wolves, what is one that both Romanoff and Ranskahov would both independently come up with? Natasha starts calling Scott by the wolf-diminutive, but then Deucalion also calls him that, so she reverts back to the spider-related nickname. (Deucalion and Scott later become reluctant allies/frenemies, so this doesn't need to be something particularly insulting.)



Thank you so much for all your help! ♥
Tags: ~languages: russian
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