Archive for October, 2008

Word of the Week: пить [to drink] Posted by on Oct 29, 2008

The word of the week today is a part of a delicate subject. I know. But this is Russian language and since some people tend to consider this language to have as many words for sipping drinks as the Eskimos do for snow, then I would like to set the record straight and clear up…

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Проблема с iPod…ом? [Problem with the iPod?] Posted by on Oct 26, 2008

It was my favorite case already from the start. And no other case has ever been able to take its place as number one in my heart. Yes, I’m talking about «творительный падеж» [instrumental case]. Back when I first made my acquaintance with the six splendid cases of Russian language – yes, let’s all repeat…

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Who Was Sverdlov? and what’s with his statue still standing? Posted by on Oct 23, 2008

Seemingly a day like any other, today I was present during a literary seminary at my university dealing with the heroic and historic short novel «Тарас Бульба» [“Taras Bulba”] by everyone’s favorite Николай Гоголь [Nikolay Gogol’]. After about thirty minutes of pure literary theoretic discussion, all of the sudden the professor – the sweetest пушкиновед…

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“Happiness in a time of Crisis” or «Крисиз как источник счастья» Posted by on Oct 21, 2008

It is my favorite word in any language, but especially I love the sound of it in Russian – «счастье» [1. happiness, 2. (good) luck, (good) fortune]. I love how the two first letters «сч» together are pronounced like a «щ» making it «щастье»; an all together soft and pleasing, lovable little part of speech…

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Word of the Week: «Учиться» Posted by on Oct 15, 2008

The word of this week is a verb (do note the «ь» [‘soft sign’] right after the «т», as that is a sure sign of the verb being in infinitiv, oh and don’t forget to pay attention to the «ся», because if you fail to do so, then you will not be aware of the…

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A Ural Must-See: «Ганина Яма» Posted by on Oct 12, 2008

There are two ways in which I could begin this post. 1) Isn’t it sometimes ironic to find out what kind of historic events of the past took place on the same day as your birthday? Ironic as it is, I was born on the 16th of July, which just happens to be the very…

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Нечто о ВИЧ в России [Something about HIV in Russia] Posted by on Oct 8, 2008

«Для меня использовать презерватив также естественно, как есть» [For me to use a condom is as natural as eating]. The poster on the picture above I found hanging on a wall in one of the corridors of my university about a week ago. Since then I’ve seen two more posters like it with information about…

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