Archive for August, 2015

Basic Russian: Uses of Что Posted by on Aug 31, 2015

We have been asked by one of our readers to explain the uses of что. This seemingly simple word has several applications. We will go over the most common uses of this word. Forms The primary meaning of что is “what.” Dictionaries will tell you that it is technically a местоименное существительное, a “pronominal noun.”…

Continue Reading

Expand Your Vocabulary: Verbs With Prefixes – Играть Posted by on Aug 27, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at combining prefixes and verb roots to expand your Russian vocabulary. One of the verbs that I was asked to cover was игра́ть. This is an excellent suggestion for a versatile and useful verb to have in your arsenal. The primary meaning of играть is, as you…

Continue Reading

Tetris: Not Just For Fun? Posted by on Aug 26, 2015

Which activity, if performed for three minutes, can reduce your cravings for sex, alcohol, drugs, food, and cigarettes? If you guessed playing Tetris, you’re correct! We’ve all heard about Tetris, many of us have played it, but few know much about it. Today’s post is all about Tetris and its potential benefits. Even if you…

Continue Reading

It’s All Greek to Me: Greek References in Russian Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

Although words of Greek origin may not strike you as something you need to know in Russian, they come up in conversation with surprising frequency. Apart from the numerous Greek loanwords in the area of arts and sciences, there are many Greek references that have entered the Russian lexicon. People First of all, Greek mythology…

Continue Reading

Fact or Fiction: Secret Subway in Moscow Posted by on Aug 19, 2015

Whenever we hear something like “The government will neither deny nor confirm the existence of……..” our ears perk up. We know that they are talking about some classified secret of sorts – often related to the military machine. In America you have Area 51, in the UK you have Porton Down, in China you have…

Continue Reading

Navigating Libraries in Russian Posted by on Aug 17, 2015

The goal of this post is two-fold — it should both help visitors to Russia use a Russian library and librarians outside Russia speak with Russian patrons. It will concentrate on some key vocabulary, although it is not a substitute for a beginner Russian class if you want to have a coherent conversation with…

Continue Reading

Expand Your Vocabulary: Verbs With Prefixes – Брать Posted by on Aug 13, 2015

One way to learn more verbs in Russian is to take a common verb you already know and look up its derivatives with the most common Russian prefixes. Here are some of the most widespread Russian verbal prefixes. These are only some of the meanings, and they do not cover everything. However, you can…

Continue Reading

Older posts