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Before and After: Prepositions of Time in Russian Posted by on Feb 22, 2018

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We’ve looked at conjunctions that let you express temporal relationships in a sentence. Now let us look at some prepositions you can use to indicate when something happened. Previous events До + genitive case До is used before a noun or a pronoun to refer to the time before something else happens. Рефера́т на́до сдать…

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Do Native Speakers Ever Struggle To Pronounce Russian Sounds? Posted by on Feb 12, 2018

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Perhaps you struggle to pronounce certain sounds in Russian. Can’t roll your Rs? Have a hard time making soft consonant sounds? First, be sure to check out our pronunciation tips. Second, you’re not alone! There are native speakers who have articulation challenges and need to see a speech pathologist (логопед). Let us look at some…

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Who Gets Called “Russian”? Posted by on Feb 5, 2018

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How often have you heard the phrase “So-and-so is Russian”? What was meant by “Russian” in that case? Was the person a citizen of the Russian Federation? Did they live in any of the neighbo(u)ring countries? Did they speak Russian? This post will examine the many ways “Russian” (русский and other related words) is used…

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