Archive for July, 2018

Talking About Weight in Russian Posted by on Jul 31, 2018


Do you know how to describe a person’s weight in Russian? Here are some ways, from neutral to complimentary to derogatory. Вес The most basic word is вес, weight. You may also hear масса тела (body mass) in medical or scientific contexts. To weight is весить. Weight in Russian is measured in kilograms (килограммы). —…

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Fun Uses of the Instrumental Case in Russian Posted by on Jul 24, 2018


The instrumental case (твори́тельный паде́ж) is primarily used to talk about the tools or means that allow you to do something. There are also other, less literal, uses of this case that express the manner in which something is done. The most common use of the instrumental case is, of course, the instrument with which…

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My Trip to the 2018 World Cup in Russia Posted by on Jul 23, 2018

My Trip to the 2018 World Cup in Russia

The 2018 World Cup in Russia came to an end last week, with France defeating Croatia in the final to win the tournament for the 2nd time. In total, 64 matches were played in Russia and 169 goals were scored. It was an excellent World Cup and Russia did a wonderful job as the host…

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5 Russian Phrases to Talk About Raising the Retirement Age Posted by on Jul 16, 2018

middle age woman

One of the current stories coming from Russia—even though it was temporarily overshadowed by the World Cup—is the proposal to raise the retirement age. Here are five useful expressions for discussing this reform, along with some coverage it’s received in the Russian media. Пенсио́нный во́зраст Пе́нсия refers to the pension received by a retired person…

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8 Russian Football Words for the World Cup Posted by on Jul 11, 2018

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Now that Russia is out of the running at the World Cup and the tournament is nearing its end, and I’m sure football—or soccer for our US readers—is on many people’s minds. Sasha recently shared his experience at the World Cup. Here are eight words that will helps you talk about the game. 1. Чемпиона́т…

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Experiencing the World Cup in Russia Posted by on Jul 9, 2018

Experiencing the World Cup in Russia

привет! Меня зовут Саша (Hello! My name is Sasha). I may have a Russian name, but unfortunately I don’t speak much Russian. My dad grew up in Russia and moved to the States over 35 years ago. All my life, I had always wanted to visit the “Motherland.” I finally got my chance last month, as…

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4 Ways to Refer to Living Things in Russian Posted by on Jul 3, 2018


Do you know what to call that cute fuzzy creature in the woods? Read on to learn four ways you can talk about living creatures and what distinguishes each of these ways. 1. Животное Живо́тное is related to жить, to live. This word is a general word for “animal.” You can hear it in speech…

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