Originally posted by Michael Matola:
compassion -- zhalenie
sympathy -- sochuvstvie
To further confuse the issue:
1) so ("with") + chustvie ("feeling") = "sochustvie" = both "sympathy" and "empathy"
2) so ("with") + stradanie ("suffering") = "sostradanie" = "compassion"
Of course, this is all very debatable...
- living contact with carriers of language as though it were a disease
It is best to be silent and thought a fool than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt.
It's all my fault, I forgot to add that the discussion is in Russian. Did not think anybody but Russians would bother to click.
Such a deal
(from a past American TV personality portraying a Russian)