Archive for April, 2018

6 Verbs of Talking in Russian Posted by on Apr 26, 2018

two women talking by a fire

What Russian verbs do you know to describe people talking? Russian has a few ways of talking about communication, and this post will mention six common ways of referring to that activity. 1. Говори́ть Говори́ть (imperf.)/сказа́ть (perf.) is probably the first verb that comes to mind. This verb may serve as an equivalent of “to…

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As Good As Dead: Macabre Russian Sayings Posted by on Apr 17, 2018


Russian has its share of gallows humor, so I have put together a list of sayings having to do with the dead. Горбатого могила исправит Горб is a hump, so горбатый is a hunchback (not a very nice way to describe someone). Могила is a grave, and исправить is to correct or fix. So, this…

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5 Verbs of Cause and Effect in Russian Posted by on Apr 12, 2018

person's feet in front of a fireplace

When you are trying to make an argument, it is important to talk about what caused a certain state of affairs. This post will list five ways to express cause and effect in Russian. All verbs will be given in pairs of imperfective/perfective. Приводить/привести Вести (“to lead/take someone somewhere”) is one of the verbs of…

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5 Ways To Describe Rudeness In Russian Posted by on Apr 5, 2018

angry boy

Is someone showing a lack of consideration for other people’s feelings or needs? Learn 5 ways of describing rude behavio(u)r in Russian, depending on what the person is doing and whether they are aware of how they affect others. To vary the conventions of Russian lexicography, I will be listing the feminine forms for the…

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