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5 Distinct Types of Food Establishments in Russia Posted by on Jan 17, 2017

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I’ve noticed in the Anglo-American world, the word “restaurant” has been used to describe many kinds of establishments, from upscale eateries to fast-food joints. I would like to concentrate on the connotations of different Russian words for describing places serving food and why they are not interchangeable. Ресторан — Sit-Down Restaurant Ресторан has traditionally referred…

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5 Russian Celebrities You Didn’t Know Died In 2016 Posted by on Jan 11, 2017


As millions of fans across the world mourn the deaths of Price, Carrie Fisher, and David Bowie, the Russian public is also coping with the loss of some of its most beloved celebrities. Below are some of the people who passed away in 2016. Наталья Крачковская — Natalya Krachkovskaya Наталья Крачковская (Natalya Krachkovskaya) was an…

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5 New Year’s Resolutions To Help You Learn Russian In 2017 Posted by on Jan 5, 2017

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Perhaps some of our readers have made resolutions for the new year. Along with career and fitness goals, would you like to learn Russian or improve your current level? Maybe it’s not the first time you’ve tried to do so, but things did not always work out in the past. Here are five areas that…

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10 Essential Words For Celebrating the Russian New Year Posted by on Dec 29, 2016

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As we mentioned many times on this blog, New Year’s is probably the main holiday in Russia. Whether you are celebrating it in Russia or talking about it to your friends, here are the words that are certain to come up when discussing New Year’s celebrations in Russia. 1. Ёлка The most important hallmark of New…

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Друзья-товарищи: Degrees of Friendship in Russian Posted by on Dec 22, 2016

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There are several words for talking about your social circle in Russian. Are all friends created equal? Not so in Russian. There may be some overlap between different words referring to friendship, but let’s concentrate on what’s specific to each of them. Друг The notion of a friend (друг) is more restrictive in Russian than…

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