Archive for June, 2014

Nourish Your Body and Soul with “Food of the Gods” Posted by on Jun 24, 2014

The abundance of summer inspired me to put together this experimental post. This post/show combo provides a healthy dose of Russian, while at the same time helps you discover the magic of… onion (лук), horseradish (хрен), radish (редька), and tomato (помидор) 🙂 . The name of the show is Пища Богов (Food of the Gods). …

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Russian Characters in Orange Is The New Black Posted by on Jun 23, 2014

If you are watched at least one episode of Orange Is the New Black, you will have seen its Russian characters. For those who don’t know, Orange Is the new Black (OITBN) is the highly successful Netflix original series (сериал) set in a women’s prison. I’ll try not to spoil too much for those who…

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Ten Things an American Takes for Granted and a Russian Lives Without Posted by on Jun 18, 2014

We are so used to all the things we surround ourselves with, we tend not to recognize the comfort level they help us achieve, that is until we are placed in a situation where those things are no longer available. The opposite is also true: if we never had certain things to begin with…

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Unexpected Discoveries After Moving to Moscow (Part 2) Posted by on Jun 16, 2014

This post is continued from last week’s post. Read the beginning here. 3. Being Moscow-born matters One of the things you will sometimes hear said with pride around Moscow is “Я коренной москвич/Я коренная москвичка” (I’m a native Muscovite: male/female). Коренной comes from the word корень (root). In other words, “My roots are here.” Interestingly…

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Unexpected Discoveries After Moving to Moscow (Part 1) Posted by on Jun 12, 2014

This is part one of a two-part post. Click here to read part two. As you may know from my introduction, I was born in the city of Chelyabinsk (Челябинск) — to quote Lorde, “we live in cities you’ll never see on screen.” In high school, I moved to Moscow. I was fairly anxious about…

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Quiz: How Good Is Your Russian? Posted by on Jun 11, 2014

Behold boys and girls, in this post you will be quizzed on your knowledge of Russian. Driven by the addictive nature of quizzes and a desire to freshen things up a bit for our readers, I decided to come up with my own quiz. The quiz is not long but I believe it is pretty…

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Russian Etiquette 3D Posted by on Jun 5, 2014

Those of you who have visited Russia may remember your friends or study abroad advisor tell you about the peculiarities of your host culture. Perhaps they touched upon the etiquette and body language, as well. Still, we tend concentrate so much on the proper thing to say or do that we often overlook spatial awareness…

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