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Gangnam Russian Style Posted by on Jan 24, 2013

The only way you would not have heard PSY’s “Gangnam Style” is if you с Луны свалились (fell off the Moon). Otherwise, by now you’ve probably heard the song one time too many. But as a another well-known (Russian) song goes, “эх, раз, да ещё раз, да ещё много, много раз!” (once, and once more and…

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5 Russian Stereotypes Other Than Winter, Vodka and Bears Posted by on Jan 17, 2013

In the middle of the winter, a group of young foreigners travels across Russia searching for Russian women, Russian vodka and Russian bears. Nope, this is not a sequel to Особенности национальной охоты (Peculiarities of the National Hunt) movie. Instead, it is this year’s Cinetrain documentary project. The twenty four filmmakers participating in it are…

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“So the lady says to the talking margarine…” (Participles and dumb TV ads) Posted by on Jan 16, 2013

The title of the post is drawn from a list of “Stupid TV Commercial Cliches” that I found on a Russian humor site. I got a kick out of it because “idiotic advertising” has been a staple of English-language humor for generations, but in Russian, poking fun at consumerism is mostly a post-Soviet development. Apart…

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“In eight o’clock of morning, at January 8th, on the 2013…” Posted by on Jan 8, 2013

…this post are scheduled for to be auto-publishing’ed over blog Transparent! 😉 A Russian learning English might make these exactly these sorts of stereotypical blunders with English предлоги (“prepositions”) — saying “at January 8th” instead of “on January 8th,” for instance.   But an English speaker learning Russian faces faces exactly the same problem of…

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Happy New Year of the Black Snake! Posted by on Jan 3, 2013

Image Source: Tobyotter via Flickr! Happy New Year! С Новым годом! Have you had a chance to try a real салат Оливье (Olivier salad) this year? To be honest, I wasn’t going to make it this year. I mean, after so many New Years in a row featuring this dish, this salad simply приелся (became boring). But…

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