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Kaboom: Impact Noises in Russian Posted by on Aug 9, 2017

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If you are a learner of Russian, I bet your classes did not go into onomatopoeia in any detail. There are many words whose name imitates the sound of that thing, creature, or action, but let us concentrate on a type most likely to be seen in a comic book — the sounds of objects…

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Two Ways of Saying “For” in Russian: What’s The Difference Between Для And За? Posted by on Aug 3, 2017

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If you look up “for” in a Russian dictionary, you will see at least two options — для and за. I will list some of the most common scenarios where you would use either preposition so you can grasp the difference better. За + accusative Support За expresses someone’s support of a particular cause, candidate,…

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How Do I Get Medical Care In Russia? (Part II) Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

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Last time we talked about where you can get medical attention in Russia, how to make an appointment, and what to expect at the healthcare facility. Here are a few other frequently asked questions. 4. Which One’s The Doctor? Once you are called into the doctor’s office/examination room (кабинет врача), you may see more than…

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How Do I Get Medical Care In Russia? (Part I) Posted by on Jul 27, 2017

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Hopefully, your visit to or stay in Russia is free of health trouble. In any case, if, for any reason, you need to seek medical attention in Russia, here are some frequently asked questions about healthcare in Russia. 1. Where Do I Go? Most of what is called primary care abroad is delivered through a…

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Contrast in Russian: What’s The Difference Between А (And/But) And Но (But)? Posted by on Jul 25, 2017

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If your native language only has the basic “and” vs “but” distinction, Russian conjunctions а and но may be a bit confusing. How do you use them, and what’s the difference? I will explain the difference on an intuitive level below and will include links to additional resources at the bottom. Но: Contrasting the Entire…

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