Archive for September, 2017

A Sign of the Times: Words with ‑знак‑ in Russian Posted by on Sep 26, 2017


We are continuing our popular series on Russian word “families” with this post about words with the -знак- root. Знак means “a sign,” and you may know it from the following expressions: мя́гкий знак (soft sign, ь) or твёрдый знак (hard sign, ъ) вопроси́тельный знак (?) восклица́тельный знак (!) знак ра́венства (=) знак зодиа́ка (star…

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To be or not to be?: Using “быть”, “есть”, and other terms of existence in Russian Posted by on Sep 25, 2017

Understanding these verbs is crucial to describing the world in Russian. Most English-speakers find the very “to be” to be a central part of speech. The reason is clear to us natives: The verb is dynamic enough to denote existence, state, and mood. For example, “There is an eclipse happening”, “The door is open”…

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What Does A Russian Miss Abroad? Posted by on Sep 21, 2017


Naturally, the answer to this question will vary depending on the person, their preferences, and the destination of their travel. However, I can think of several things that are likely to be missed by many Russians abroad and perhaps by some people from the neighboring countries, too. Tea Kettle As we mentioned on this blog…

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Cossack or Kazakh: What’s The Difference and What To Call Them In Russian? Posted by on Sep 14, 2017

Kazakh dance

You might have come across several similar words in English: cossack, kazakh, perhaps even kozak or kazak. You probably know they refer to groups of people, but which groups? Are they interchangeable? This post will explain the corresponding words and their definitions in Russian so next time you come across any of them, it will be a little clearer…

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Describe Your Boat Ride In Russian Posted by on Sep 11, 2017

three boats

If you took any boat rides over the summer, perhaps you would like to learn to talk about your boating adventures in Russian! Types of Boats First of all, I’d like to point out that while in English you may sometimes hear a large vessel (судно) called a boat, in Russian this kind of vessel…

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