Archive for July, 2014

Skills Russians Rock Posted by on Jul 31, 2014

Russian people may sometimes surprise you by certain things they seem to do effortlessly. A Russian person probably takes these skills for granted because they are emphasized in the Russian education system, but they may still stand out to people outside Russia. Unaided math One thing people educated in Russia and, I would suppose, the…

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Russian Mail-Order Brides (Part II) Posted by on Jul 30, 2014

If you missed the beginning of the story, here it is . The challenges faced by couples that get together on these mail-order bride sites are many. Too often, the woman does not speak English very well, or at all. It is hard enough to effectively communicate with one another if you speak the same language. Just…

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Russian Mail-Order Brides (Part One) Posted by on Jul 29, 2014

It seems, unfairly so, that when I tell somebody that I came to America from Russia, they  often assume that I was a mail-order bride. Through the internet, mail-order bride websites have flourished in recent years. I do have  many friends who first met their current or ex-spouses on these websites. Some of these friends…

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Take Your Pronunciation to the Next Level – Part II Posted by on Jul 28, 2014

This post is continued from last week. We were talking about the top areas you should concentrate on to drastically improve your Russian pronunciation. 4. ы Ы is a funny sound. It is not considered very pretty-sounding in Russian, and few native words have it. At the same time, it is widely used to form…

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Driving in Russia Posted by on Jul 23, 2014

While you can drive in almost every country on Earth, the driving experience you can get in Russia could be priceless 🙂 . While it can be exciting to take in the unparalleled  beauty that the country has to offer, the lack of “driving necessities” may leave you stranded, lost, or worse. For example, driving…

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Take Your Pronunciation to the Next Level – Part I Posted by on Jul 21, 2014

Does anyone here find Russian pronunciation challenging? Perhaps you are learning Russian abroad and don’t get to hear native speakers very often. Or maybe, despite hearing them, you just can’t grasp how they produce the sounds of Russian and cannot quite repeat them. Let’s hope that’s not the case. But whatever your accent in Russian…

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Cool Russian Recipes for Hot Summer Days Posted by on Jul 16, 2014

In Summer, we get hot and dehydrated quicker, that is why we tend to crave cold, watery things. For those of you who are tired of going back to the same things every time, I am happy to recommend a few refreshing Russian recipes that I grew up with. Thankfully, there is no shortage…

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