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How to Dress Your Child (and Yourself) for Russian Winter Posted by on Feb 26, 2010

I’ve only been with this blog for a few weeks and I’m already breaking «расписание» [schedule] that Josefina and I planned for this month. I was supposed to tell you how to make a particularly tasty Russian salad. But I feel that, given the time of the year and the fact that many of «наши…

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And in Russia it’s “Man Day”! Posted by on Feb 23, 2010

Question of the day: «А где твоя фуражка?» [And where’s you cap (peaked cap)?] Of course you haven’t really been to Russia if you haven’t had a Russian officer place his old «советская ушанка» [Soviet (i.e. Red Army) fur hat] on your head! But I can already hear your objections, «дорогие читатели» [dear readers], that…

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The Russian Soul of Winter Olympics: “Русская душа зимних олимпиад” Posted by on Feb 19, 2010

The Vancouver Winter Olympics started last week, on February 12. The day before “церемонии открытия” [the opening ceremony], “премьер-министр Владимир Путин” [Prime Minister Vladimir Putin] addressed the athletes, giving them a combination of pep talk and partying words known in Russian as “напутствие” (lit.: for the road):   Мы все с нетерпением ждём стартов и…

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«Класс!» – On the Importance of Calling Things by their Proper Names Posted by on Feb 17, 2010

There are days when «словарь» [the dictionary] is not you best friend. It might still be «друг» [a friend] of yours, «но не самый лучший друг» [but not the very best friend]. Why is that? Because on these particular days the dictionary fails to explain certain words to you. Or explains them in such a…

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«День всех влюблённых» [Valentine’s Day] in Russia Posted by on Feb 14, 2010

«На этом воздушном шарике» [on this balloon] it says «я тебя люблю!» [I love you!] But don’t we all not just want to read these words, but have them said to us «вслух» [aloud]? Today is February 14th, a day known around the world as Valentine’s Day. In Russia this day has a name of…

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