Archive for October, 2017

3 Russian Drinking Traditions You May Not Know About Posted by on Oct 26, 2017

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Drinking alcohol is one of the first associations many people have with Russia (whether rightly or not). However, the drinking culture may be different from other countries. In today’s post, we will look at three alcohol-related behavio(u)rs specific to Russia. Drinking Gesture Covered in our overview of popular Russian gestures, a flick or tap on…

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Political Labels That Don’t Mean The Same Thing In Russian Posted by on Oct 16, 2017

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Most of Russian political terminology is international in origin, so the words are easy to recognize: демократия, капитализм, либерализм, национализм, and so on. However, the definition of the foreign-language cognate will not always match how the corresponding word is used in Russian. Либерализм Либерализм may have a different connotation in Russian than “liberalism” does in…

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3 Incorrect Assumptions about Native Russian Speakers Posted by on Oct 10, 2017

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I sometimes hear statements about fluent Russian speakers abroad that are based on certain incorrect assumptions. Some of our readers know better, but others may discover something new from this post. Because this post touches upon deeply personal aspects of identity, language, ancestry, and political affiliation, it is quite natural that people will have different…

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Не дай мне Бог сойти с ума: Mental Illness in Russian Posted by on Oct 4, 2017

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Mental health is a sensitive subject around the world, and Russian certainly attaches a certain stigma to mental health issues. Read about the different ways to refer to mental health in Russian and learn which expressions to use and which to avoid if you want to talk about this delicate issue with compassion. At Wits’…

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