Archive for September, 2013

Word of the Day – Side Gig Posted by on Sep 19, 2013

I have a friend who works as a bookkeeper during the week and as a landscaper in the evenings and on weekends. Another friend’s side gig is fixing cars. Yet another moonlights as a Снегурочка (Snow Maiden) during the winter holidays in Russia and her husband sticks on a white beard and accompanies her as…

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How to Talk About Studying Like a Russian Posted by on Sep 17, 2013

The first thing a visitor to my old school saw upon entering the massive front doors was the famous quote Учиться, учиться и учиться (To study, to study and to study). Bonus point if you know whose quote it is. The quote was in large gilded letters which, by the time I reached high school…

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Knowledge Day or Back to School Posted by on Sep 10, 2013

Did you like school as a child? I did, but only for the first few days. In fact, I am pretty sure that many kids in Russia really like school for at least one day and that day is Первое сентября (September 1st) also known as День Знаний (Knowledge Day). It is definitely one of…

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