Archive for December, 2015

5 Ingredients For A Russian New Year Card Posted by on Dec 31, 2015

New Year is approaching quickly, and, as you remember, this is arguably the most important celebration in Russia. Do you need to brush up your New Year vocabulary? Check out our previous posts on this subject. A big part of the New Year tradition is wishing your loved ones a happy new year —…

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Wanted Dead Or Alive: Noun Animacy in Russian Posted by on Dec 24, 2015

You might have learned at some point that all nouns in Russian are either animate (одушевле́нные) or inanimate (неодушевле́нные). Roughly speaking, living things are animate and/or sentient: студе́нт, ко́шка, де́ти; and non-living things are inanimate: стена́, телефо́н, письмо́. This subject has been covered on this blog before. As it turns out, determining whether a…

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10 Most Popular Russian Posts of 2015 Posted by on Dec 21, 2015

As we wrap up the year 2015, let us look at the most popular posts from 2015. Some of these were written before 2015 but they continue to remain at the top of the list. 10. Russian Names for Pets Have you ever wondered what name you should give your Russian pet? Look no further than…

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In The News: Limited Parking Space in Moscow Posted by on Dec 14, 2015

A thought-provoking opinion piece was making the rounds on the Russian Internet (“Runet”) last week. Moscow politician and activist Maxim Katz has published a controversial blog post suggesting all parking spaces in the city be paid. Let us look at his vision of the problem and proposed solution — in his own words. Issues Katz…

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Паронимы: Frequently Confused Words in Russian Posted by on Dec 7, 2015

If you grew up in the former USSR and had Russian in grade school, you will remember that most of your class time would be spent going over the numerous rules of that language. One of the aspects that often came up in my Russian classes was what is called паро́нимы. Паронимы are words that look similar…

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