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Before and After: Prepositions of Time in Russian Posted by on Feb 22, 2018

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We’ve looked at conjunctions that let you express temporal relationships in a sentence. Now let us look at some prepositions you can use to indicate when something happened. Previous events До + genitive case До is used before a noun or a pronoun to refer to the time before something else happens. Рефера́т на́до сдать…

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Do Native Speakers Ever Struggle To Pronounce Russian Sounds? Posted by on Feb 12, 2018

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Perhaps you struggle to pronounce certain sounds in Russian. Can’t roll your Rs? Have a hard time making soft consonant sounds? First, be sure to check out our pronunciation tips. Second, you’re not alone! There are native speakers who have articulation challenges and need to see a speech pathologist (логопед). Let us look at some…

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Who Gets Called “Russian”? Posted by on Feb 5, 2018

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How often have you heard the phrase “So-and-so is Russian”? What was meant by “Russian” in that case? Was the person a citizen of the Russian Federation? Did they live in any of the neighbo(u)ring countries? Did they speak Russian? This post will examine the many ways “Russian” (русский and other related words) is used.…

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Beyond Хорошо: 5 Ways of Saying “Good” In Russian Posted by on Jan 29, 2018

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Do you still answer “хорошо” when someone asks you how you are doing or how you liked that film? Here are some words to help you express positivity with more nuance. Note on grammar: different phrases will require different forms of the word. For example, when someone asks you “Как дела?” (“How are you?”) you…

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Do Russians Really Adore Putin? Posted by on Jan 24, 2018

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Because politics is often the only aspect of Russian life that gets covered in the media abroad, I have made it a point to share other stories about Russia on this blog — from recent Russian films you can stream to renting an apartment/flat in Russia. At the same time, as Vladimir Putin (Владимир Путин)…

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