Archive for December, 2017

Top Russian Blog Posts of 2017 Posted by on Dec 27, 2017

elderly couple walking in a park

As this year draws to a close and many of our readers will be celebrating with their loved ones, let us take a look at the most popular posts published this past year. 10. What Subjects Should I Avoid in a Russian Conversation? This post talked about some common taboos when talking to Russians — and…

Continue Reading

3 Myths Most Russians Have Heard About Themselves Posted by on Dec 19, 2017

arctic fox on snow

There are certain things you hear a lot as a Russian traveling or visiting abroad. Of course, this list is a generalization and summarizes the experience of an average Russian. It does not reflect every person’s experience and is meant to be taken in good fun. 1. “You must be used to the cold” Russia…

Continue Reading

5 Homes of Famous Russians Around The World Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

Dostoevsky House in Semey

If you have been to Russia, you might have visited the homes of famous Russian writers, composers, artists, and politicians. But did you know there are places outside Russia where famous Russians stayed or lived permanently? Inclusion of a person in this post is not meant to endorse their views, policies, or work. Dostoevsky Museum…

Continue Reading

5 Russian Words That Come From Yiddish Posted by on Dec 7, 2017

man laughing

We may be familiar with Yiddish words in English, such as chutzpah or bagel, but Russian has its share of Yiddish-origin words. Yiddish (идиш) is a Germanic language traditionally used by Jews (евреи) in Eastern and Central Europe. Many of them are thought to have entered Russian via the secret language of the criminal underworld…

Continue Reading