Archive for June, 2012

Knitting (and other crafts) in Russian Posted by on Jun 29, 2012

Всем здравствуйте! [Hello all!] Today I am going to talk about crafts in Russian. Я люблю вязать и мама любит шить [I love to knit and my mom loves to sew]. While at my university one day, I was walking with my Russian professor and he said Какой красивый шарф, Наташа [What a beautiful scarf…

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Travel Plans and Verbs of Motion Posted by on Jun 28, 2012

Remember this post about useful Russian driving and road rage words? Can you believe it, уже конец июня (it’s the end of June already)! Как быстро время летит! (How time flies!) For many of our US readers, next week will be spent travelling and celebrating and then travelling some more. Which means getting delayed or…

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Blood and Brains: One more look at anatomy Posted by on Jun 27, 2012

Goslings following Konrad Lorenz

If you read the previous posts about Russian terms for human anatomy, you now know some words related to the biological process of eating, as well as moving around and reproducing. But we haven’t yet covered the most crucial “life-support” functions that keep the body alive — so let’s look at… Органы кровообращения и дыхания…

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Around the World in 8 Phrases Posted by on Jun 26, 2012

Have you seen the movie this short clip of these two Russian (ok, Soviet) tourists walking through the streets of some unnamed foreign city? Summer is, traditionally, the season for travelling. Куда вы едете этим летом? (Where are you going this summer?) It’s always been my dream to go around the world even if in just…

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Internal Anatomy for “Clueless N00bs” Posted by on Jun 25, 2012

a ''Jolly Roger'' pirate flag!

Анатомия внутренних органов для «чайников» Last week, I took you on a whirlwind tour through the digestive tract. Today, we’ll continue our виртуальное вскрытие (“virtual dissection”) of the human body. Actually, almost everything one can say about our own internal anatomy is also true of other млекопитающие (“mammals”), and much of it applies to позвоночные…

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Russian Verb of the Week: портить/испортить Posted by on Jun 22, 2012

«Доброе утро, дорогие читатели!» [Good morning, dear readers!] «Это я, Наташа» [It’s me, Natasha (my name is Natalie, but you can call me Natalie or Natalia or Natasha – I’ll answer to just about any form of my name).] «Я вернулась» [I have returned] and I am starting a new series of posts in which…

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Welcome, or No Trespassing Posted by on Jun 21, 2012

The weekend не за горами (is not far away). Лето, жара, выходной (Summer, heat, weekend)… What to do at the end of a long day spent на пляже (at the beach) or в бассейне (at a pool)? Why not watch a movie about summer! Today’s movie is an old Soviet comedy called Добро пожаловать, или…

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