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Into The Woods: Tree Names in Russian — Part II Posted by on Jun 22, 2017


Last time, we started listing some trees you may come across in Russia. Let us expand that list with five more trees. Ель — Spruce We have seen ель (spruce) before as ёлка (“Christmas” tree put up for New Year’s in Russia). This can also be used as a catch-all name for any needled tree…

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Into The Woods: Tree Names in Russian — Part I Posted by on Jun 12, 2017


In my own language-learning endeavo(u)rs, I often find that I have the vocabulary to talk about more abstract subject like governance or culture but don’t know the words for objects in the physical world. If you have that problem, too, you may want to look at our posts about fruit and vegetables, planets, and birds.…

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5 Songs To Play At A Russian Wedding Posted by on Jun 7, 2017

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Does your country have a list of songs that get (over)played at every wedding? This is also the case in Russia. While this list will vary from wedding to wedding, here are five songs you’re likely to hear. Муслим Магомаев, “Свадьба” We have featured Soviet crooner Muslim Magomaev (Муслим Магомаев) on this blog. This Soviet-era classic is…

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Russian for Social Media Posted by on May 31, 2017

cell phone with social media icons

As we covered on this blog before, Russians are quite active on social media (социальные сети). Are you ready to talk about social networking in Russian? Here are some handy words. Поделиться Делиться (imperfective)/поделиться (perfective) + object in the instrumental case + с + recipient in the prepositional case means “to share.” Хочу поделиться полезной…

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Basic Astronomy in Russian Posted by on May 25, 2017

earth seen from space

Don’t you wish you could talk about the wonders of the universe in Russian? Here are some vocabulary to get you started. Земля This word is useful for talking about a whole range of natural sciences. Земля can refer to Earth the planet, land, or soil. When we talk about the planet, Земля is capitalized.…

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