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Archive for July, 2015

What Is Better: Beating Around the Bush or Pulling a Cat by Its Tail? Posted by on Jul 29, 2015

The short answer is neither because the expressions are synonymous. If you are pulling a cat by its tail in Russia you are, in many cases, simply beating around the bush. Set expressions in any foreign language can frequently leave you baffled and confused. I remember my first encounter with the saying “thinking outside…

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Describe Your Trip in Russian: The Beach Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

jellyfish

Last time we talked about exploring Old Town attractions in Russian. This time, let us go to the beach (на пляж)! This is a popular destination for people around the world, and you may hear Russian speaking on one of the beaches. Amenities First, what are some of the things you find at a beach?…

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The Curious Case of Russian Prefix “Without” Posted by on Jul 22, 2015

You might have noticed that some nonnative English speakers (myself included) have a way of “inventing” new words. They might say things like “unproper” instead of “improper” or “misagreement” instead of “disagreement,” etc. The abovementioned prefixes all have a similar meaning, a meaning that points to the opposite of the word they are attached to.…

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Describe Your Trip in Russian: Old Town Posted by on Jul 20, 2015

old castle

A lot of our readers may be traveling this summer. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to talk about your trip in Russian or ask for specific travel advice while you’re on the road? In this post, we will concentrate on the “old town” environment (ста́рый го́род) and all it’s got to offer. The…

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Where Do People Speak Russian? Posted by on Jul 15, 2015

You are learning to speak Russian and that is great! The challenges are many but the “juice will be worth the squeeze.” One question that some people are particularly curious about is this: where will I get a chance to speak it once I am comfortable doing so? Would you spend years of your life…

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