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Visitors’ Impressions of Russia Posted by on Aug 28, 2014

If you have visited Russia, you have probably been asked by your Russian friends or by your family back home how you liked Russia. Some of the questions might have been Как тебе/вам Россия? Тебе нравится в России? Тебе понравилось в России? I’ve come across interviews with expats living in Moscow, published by the Moscow supplement to…

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Comma Abuse in Russian Posted by on Aug 25, 2014

We are often so concentrated on the various skills involved in the mastery of a language that punctuation tends to fall by the wayside. In the absence of any other guidance, we rely on our own language in our writing, but that may sometimes prove wrong. I would like to point out several aspects of…

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Obesity: It’s Not Just for Westerners Posted by on Aug 20, 2014

Myself, fatified (courtesy of Fatify app) Recently I read an article in U.S. News about the most obese countries in the world. To my surprise, Russia ranked fourth. In fact, it was not a shock that the U.S. was number one, followed by China and then India; however, Russia was a shock. I remember when…

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Intro to Russian comedy scene Posted by on Aug 18, 2014

We have touched upon Russian humor in general, so I’m sure you may be curious to get acquainted with the Russian comedy scene. As any aspect of culture, it is too vast to be covered in one post. I will try to present overview of a few household names known to many people in Russia…

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How to “Google”, or Perform an Internet Search, in Russian Effectively Posted by on Aug 13, 2014

If you are trying to improve your Russian by searching for content in Russian online, you might be having a hard time finding what you are looking for. If you haven’t considered watching/reading Russian content online for improving your Russian, you definitely should. Immersion, immersion, and… immersion is one of the best ways to…

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Finances in Russian Posted by on Aug 7, 2014

This post goes out to all the expats and businesspeople working and doing business in Russia. While finances are generally a good topic to be conversant in, it becomes especially important for those who have to manage their finances abroad. Personal Finances First, let’s look at the ways to manage your деньги (money; always plural)…

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Top Three Russian Stereotypes Posted by on Aug 6, 2014

Though it has been written about before, I am going to address a few common Russian stereotypes that I’ve personally dealt with living in America. I am sure that some of my friends in other parts of America would have some experience with this as well. In no way is this meant to be anything…

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