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Winter Is Coming – Idiomatic Expressions Posted by on Nov 30, 2020

Winter in Russia

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Russia?” Foreigners often imagine a blizzard on Red Square, people in earflaps, and snow banks at least to the knee. Although there is already some snow in many cities in Russia, winter officially begins there on December 1st. “Пе́рвый снег — не зима́, пе́рвая зазно́ба…

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Russian phrases with numerals Posted by on Nov 24, 2020

alone

Since we’ve covered the difference between один and раз, it’s only apt to enrich our vocabulary with a few numeral-heavy Russian expressions and idioms. I will give both the literal translation (sometimes for the sake of curious imagery and other times for even more curious etymological reasons), as well as the actual idiomatic meaning and…

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Есть – To Eat Or To Have Posted by on Nov 19, 2020

To eat

– Пить есть?                                                                                                         …

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Should I use один or раз? Posted by on Nov 13, 2020

daisies

Ever wondered why some Russians count “one, two, three” as “оди́н, два́, три́…” while others say “ра́з, два́, три́…”? Why would there be two Russian words to say “one”? Here’s how to differentiate between the two if you’re a beginner Russian learner. “Ра́з, два́, три́” is really only used when counting orally, like when a…

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What Does Russian Media Say About The U.S. Election Posted by on Nov 9, 2020

Trump And Biden

– Anya, we are going to have a new president.                                                          – I know.                             …

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Ordinal Numbers in Russian Posted by on Nov 2, 2020

track

На пе́рвый-второ́й рассчита́йсь! This phrase has got to be the only thing I remember from НВП classes in high school (Нача́льная Вое́нная Подгото́вка = basic military training). It’s part of the drill to assign either “first” or “second” to people in a line so that they can easily be divided into two groups for other…

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Halloween Words & Phrases Posted by on Oct 29, 2020

Halloween

Everyone’s favorite in the United States, Halloween is gaining popularity in Russia. And since the festival of spirits, witches, and pumpkins is tomorrow, I hope it will be helpful to put together a list of words and phrases on this topic. I’m sure at least some of you were wondering what the Russians do on…

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