Archive for February, 2009

«Что делать с бездомными собаками?» [What to do with the stray dogs?] Posted by on Feb 27, 2009

«Бездомнаясобаканаулице – обычноеявлениепочтивовсехбольшихгородахРоссии»[a stray (homeless) dog on the street – an ordinary occurrence almost in all big Russian cities].  To me Russia is not best symbolized by «борщ» [borscht] or «Краснаяплощадь» [The Red Square] or «матрёшки» [‘matryoshki’; sets of nesting dolls] or «ушанки» [caps with earflaps] or «Гагарин» [Gagarin; first man in space], not even…

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С днём защитника Отечества! [Happy Defender of the Fatherland Day!] Posted by on Feb 23, 2009

It is THE holiday season in Russia right now: On the 14th of February it’s«Деньвсехвлюблённых» [The Day of Everybody in Love], then on the 23rd it’s «ДеньзащитникаОтечества» [Defender of the Fatherland Day], wrapping up on the 8th of March with «Международныйженскийдень» [International Women’s Day]. Out of these three holidays – on all of which it…

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Word of the Week: «Ли» Posted by on Feb 22, 2009

«Поздравляем сильную половину человечества с Днём защитника Отечества!» [(We) congratulate the strong half of humanity with Defender of the Fatherland Day!]. Coming across this home-made poster on the first floor of my dormitory, I could have used the marvelous little word «ли» to pose a direct question like: «Являются ли мужчины сильной половиной человечества?» [Are…

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Reading Russian literature: А. П. Чехов «Человек в футляре» Posted by on Feb 18, 2009

Today is the day I share with you – long overdue, of which I am aware – my post on how to read a Russian short story in the original. For a long time I pondered on exactly what short story to choose for today’s post, as there is an abundance of great short stories…

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«Летать Аэрофлотом» [Flying Aeroflot] Posted by on Feb 10, 2009

Once onboard a «Аэрофлот» plane, as I clearly was when I took this picture a couple of days ago, there’s no turning back. One can only hope the pilot’s sober and that it won’t come tumbling down or, «шутки в сторону» [joking aside], down some whiskey and enjoy the ride…  (Внимание! [Attention!] This post does…

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Everybody loves борщ [borscht]! Posted by on Feb 7, 2009

There comes a time in everybody’s life when you need to get a little Russia into your everyday existence. Especially if you’re not currently in Russia, but constantly finding yourself outside of the Russian Federation, and thus persistently living without interacting with Russian culture on a day to day basis. Particularly will you suddenly find…

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