Archive for August, 2011

From Earthquake to Hurricane in One Week Posted by on Aug 29, 2011

First things first. It is time to announce «победители» [winners] of the giveaway. Yes, it is not a typo. I do have «два победителя» [two winners]. That was the last secret of the secret giveaway. The winners are Delia and Michael Thompson. «Поздравляю!» [Congratulations]. You will be receiving e-mails from Transparent Language with further details…

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So What’s Being Given Away? Posted by on Aug 26, 2011

By the time you’ll be reading the giveaway will be over, the winner chosen and the secret revealed. But at the time of writing of this post, there are still a few hours left in the giveaway. So the only thing I can do right now is to reveal the secret prize. I’m not exactly…

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20 лет спустя – Twenty Years After, Part 1 Posted by on Aug 22, 2011

Well, «друзья» [friends], it has happened again: I sat down to write «про грамматику» [about grammar] and instead I wrote about something completely different. I found this «фоторепортаж» [photo essay] on the website of «магазин Внешняя политика» [the magazine “Foreign Policy”] called, in English, “Russia’s Big Backyard.” I have opted to translate the title…

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19 Memories of 1991 Russia – Part 2 Posted by on Aug 22, 2011

Quick Reminder Yes, the secret GIVEAWAY is still going on. It will close in just a few days, at 11:59pm EST on August 26th. So there’s still time to enter by leaving a comment either on this post or on my previous post. Remember, you can leave more than one comment. The more you comment…

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19-20-21 Soviet Pop Culture Memories From 1991 Posted by on Aug 18, 2011

This Friday, August 19th, marks the 20th anniversary of the Soviet coup d’etat attempt. I’m not going to do a history post because there are lots of sites online that do a much better job of it, complete with detailed timeline and analysis.  Besides, I was just 13 at the time and politics was the…

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What 12 Chairs Got to Do With Learning Russian Posted by on Aug 16, 2011

Have you read «12 стульев» [12 Chairs] yet? If not, don’t wait another second! There’s simply no excuse for not reading this «классика» [classic] especially since it is a) available online for free and b) available online in English. Just a few days ago Mosfilm uploaded both «первую и вторую серии» [Part 1 and Part…

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What Makes Russians Happy Posted by on Aug 9, 2011

I’d like to thank Jarrod for the inspiring comment on our Facebook page and to Bob for sending me the infographics that started it all. Guys, you rock! A while ago one of the blog readers, Bob, e-mailed me the infographics you see at the top of the post. Honestly, while I really liked the…

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