Archive for December, 2009

«Искусство подарить и получить» [The Art of Giving and Recieving] Posted by on Dec 29, 2009

While most of the world has already received their holiday «подарки» [gifts (plural of «подарок»: present, gift; presentation; pledge, donative)], Russia is still waiting for the main holiday of the year when it is custom to «подарить и получить» [give (pfv.) and receive (pfv.); their imperfect ‘verb comrades’ are «дарить» and «получать»]. Whereas most of…

Continue Reading

To «скучать» [be bored] or to «скучать» [miss] – that is THE question! Posted by on Dec 18, 2009

Only two weeks away from the Motherland and it is already time for the usual confession: «я скучаю по России» [I miss Russia]! But that’s not all – also «я скучаю по русской зиме, по русскому снегу…» [I miss the Russian winter, the Russian snow…]. At least I have thousands of photos of Russia dressed…

Continue Reading

How About ‘Dating’ in Russian? Posted by on Dec 14, 2009

Recently we had a post about the tricky linguistic side to getting married in Russian – read “How About ‘Getting Married’ in Russian?” now if you missed it before – but the problems with how to define relationships in this language doesn’t end there. As a matter of fact, the trouble with love in Russia…

Continue Reading

А теперь: Russia from the Outside! Posted by on Dec 7, 2009

«План мой был таков:» [My plan was like this:] to write at least one post before «я уехала из России» [I left Russia] on Friday morning, but this plan proved impossible to carry out during my «последняя неделя в России» [last week in Russia]. During my last week at Ural State University I had to…

Continue Reading