Colloquial Russian: Да ну!Posted: May 8, 2014
Phrase ДА НУ! looks almost the same as the one below, but without a pronoun and means No way! I can’t believe it!
Here it is important to understand that Russian да is not always yes. It can be something else, for example and or a particle which does not have a meaning on its own but rather makes a phrase more emotional.
If we reverse it, it would be НУ ДА! – this is kind of an irritated, obvious yes:
– Я женат. (I am married.)
– Да ну! (No way! Really?)
– Ну да, ты не знала? (Yes, you didn’t know?)