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Doing Business in Russian: Must-Know Terms Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

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Following the end of 75 years of socialism in 1991, Russia is still becoming accustomed to Western-style capitalism, both in its institutions and its culture. Russia’s communist past makes some skeptical of its economic potential today, though it’s for exactly this reason that many experts label numerous Russian companies as overlooked and undervalued on the…

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5 Russian Words For Extreme Weather Posted by on Jul 18, 2017

You might remember how to talk about the weather in Russian, but do you know how to talk about extreme weather? Listed below are five common extreme weather phenomena. 1. Гроза A common type of extreme weather is гроза, a thunderstorm. It is characterized by гром (thunder) and молния (lightning, countable noun). The adjective is…

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What Are Russian Parents Like? Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

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Culture encompasses all sorts of attitudes and conventions, and one important part of culture is parenting. While everyone’s family is different, there are some common themes you may see in many Russian families. Reluctant To Praise Their Children Russian parents are as proud of their children’s achievements as anyone else. However, they are less likely…

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Are You Using The Right Russian Adjective To Talk About Nature? Posted by on Jun 29, 2017

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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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