Archive for May, 2017

Russian for Social Media Posted by on May 31, 2017

cell phone with social media icons

As we covered on this blog before, Russians are quite active on social media (социальные сети). Are you ready to talk about social networking in Russian? Here are some handy words. Поделиться Делиться (imperfective)/поделиться (perfective) + object in the instrumental case + с + recipient in the prepositional case means “to share.” Хочу поделиться полезной…

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Basic Astronomy in Russian Posted by on May 25, 2017

earth seen from space

Don’t you wish you could talk about the wonders of the universe in Russian? Here are some vocabulary to get you started. Земля This word is useful for talking about a whole range of natural sciences. Земля can refer to Earth the planet, land, or soil. When we talk about the planet, Земля is capitalized…

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10 of the Most Essential Words for Understanding Russian Politics Posted by on May 22, 2017

kremlin politics

Politics plays a major role in contemporary Russian life. This has long been the case since Soviet times, and students of Russia and its language will find that much of the country’s political system is based on past Soviet means of governing. For example, the existence of “soviets”, “dumas”, and a strong executive branch are…

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Penny For Your Thoughts: Words With ‑мысл‑ In Russian Posted by on May 18, 2017

thinking man

Have you read our previous articles about word families yet? Learners may find it useful to see how words with the same root express different meanings depending on prefixes and suffixes. This time, we will look at words with the мысл/мышл root, all having to do with thinking and intention. Мысль Мысль is the word for…

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Do You Know The Old Meaning of These 5 Russian Words? Posted by on May 11, 2017

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Because modern Russian (современный русский язык) only emerged as recently as the 19th century, a lot of what’s considered Russian literary canon is easily understood by Russian speakers today. However, there are a few words that have changed their meaning over the last centuries. Do you know the old meaning of the following words? Живот Живот…

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5 Russian Foods That May Get Lost In Translation Posted by on May 2, 2017


You might have read our previous articles about Russian food or maybe even tried or cooked some of that food yourself. A person unfamiliar with Russian food, though, may be tricked or misguided by the translated names of Russian foods into imagining a food item quite different from how it is made in Russia. Каша…

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