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Word of the Week: «блаженство» [bliss] Posted by on Mar 29, 2009

In Russia there’s a ‘candy company’ called «Россия: щедрая душа» [Russia: The Generous Soul] that makes a lot of yummy chocolate products with astonishing names. The one above is named after today’s word (or perhaps it’s the other way around?) – «блаженство» [bliss]. This kind contains «молочный шоколад» [milk chocolate] and is delicious, just like…

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Once Again About ‘The Great and Mighty’ [«ещё раз о великом и могучем»…] Posted by on Mar 25, 2009

Sorry for the poor quality of this picture from the student magazine «Студик» that published my little article «Великий и могучий – с точки зрения не-носительницы его» [The Great and Mighty from a (female) non-native speaker’s point of view” in its March 2009 number. In many ways I can honestly say that «мне повезло с…

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Word of the Week: «Пропуск» [pass; permit] Posted by on Mar 22, 2009

This week was a great week for me because during it a great progress was made in my Russian life – I finally received a new «пропуск» [pass; permit, pl. пропуска], something that I’ve been craving for over a year and a half now. It does, as a matter of fact, have another, more official…

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Russia: «не страна, а анекдот!» [not a country, but an anecdote!] Posted by on Mar 16, 2009

I’ve decided to hunt this country not for mushrooms (it’s too early for that) but for cases – «охота на падежи!». Whenever I come across interesting use of cases in the Russian reality around me, I will take a picture of it and publish it here, hoping it can – with time, of course –…

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Russian food: «Белые грибы со сметаной» [‘White Mushrooms’ with Smetana] Posted by on Mar 12, 2009

This is no secret ad for Lay’s – just a humble declaration of appreciation (and deep love!) for one of their products: «Чипсыизнатуральногокартофелясовкусомбелыхгрибовсосметаной» [chips made from natural potatoes with the taste of ‘white mushrooms’ with smetana]. Ever since I first saw this baby in the store last year I knew it was meant for me…

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Russian Holiday: «С международным женским днём!» [Happy International Women’s Day!] Posted by on Mar 8, 2009

On this beautifulholiday, alsocalled«праздниквесны»[‘spring holiday’] in Russia, there are two ways you could congratulate the fairer sex: «Поздравляемвсехженщинс 8 (восьмым) марта!» [(We) congratulate all women with the 8th of March!] or «Смеждународнымженскимднёмвас/тебя!» [Happy International Women’s day to you!].  Once again it is that time of the year in Russia – the time to give flowers…

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Word of the Week: «Скользко!» Posted by on Mar 2, 2009

Now that I’ve scared up everyone with my previous post about stray dogs in Russia, it’s time to set the record straight and raise awareness on another large problem in Russian society today – slippery sidewalks. The problem with stray dogs in Russia is, just as the problem with slippery sidewalks, nothing that someone should…

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