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Russian Poetry: Летний сад, Part 1 Posted by on Jan 31, 2011

We are taking a break from posts about «история Киева» [the history of Kiev] to do something a bit more literary today. In my Russian class, we have been working on a poem for the past two weeks. It’s called «Летний сад» [Summer Garden], written by the wonderful «Анна Ахматова» [Anna Akhmatova]. «Когда я…

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Senseless Tragedy in Domodedovo Posted by on Jan 25, 2011

This blog rarely covers news. After all, this is a Russian language learning blog, not a current events and politics one. Today, however, is different. As you know, at 4:32pm Moscow time on January 24th, «в аэропорту Домодедово прогремел взрыв» [an explosion thundered through the Domodedovo airport]. At the time of my writing this post,…

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A History of Kiev, Part 3 Posted by on Jan 24, 2011

«Простите меня, дорогие читатели» [Forgive me, dear readers]. I have not posted in a long time because last week I arrived back at school and before that, «я задержалась в аэропорту» [I was delayed in the airport]. But now I am back and ready to teach you about Kiev’s history (parts 1 and 2 are…

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Learning Russian with Horoscopes Posted by on Jan 24, 2011

I don’t care a bit about that new astrological calendar, the one that says I am no longer a Leo. Sure I am! Otherwise, this picture of me and a lion in Peterhof makes no sense at all (and it does too, rrrrrr!) Are you into «астрология» [astrology]? Unless you absolutely don’t give a hoot,…

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Playing Board Games… In Russian Posted by on Jan 20, 2011

Do you like playing «настольные игры» [board games]? Let me tell you, board game «любители» [fans] in the US are absolutely «избалованны» [spoiled]. There’s such a variety of board games here «для всех возрастов» [for all ages] and «на любой вкус» [for every taste]. Growing up, I remember playing just a few board games –…

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