Archive for August, 2018

Russian Verbs with Prefixes: Пускать for Letting Go Posted by on Aug 30, 2018


Several readers have commented that they find posts on verbs with prefixes helpful, so here is another verb “family.” This time, we will look at verbs with the пуск-/пуст- roots that share the general sense of allowing something. The verbs are given in pairs of imperfective and perfective. Пуска́ть/Пусти́ть This verbs means “to let someone…

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Made by Hand: Russian Verbs with ‑Руч‑ Posted by on Aug 22, 2018

hands holding a rabbit

Back by popular demand, this post in our “verbs with prefixes” series will look at several verbs sharing the same root—руч/рук. You probably recognize this root from рука́, hand. All verbs will be given in pairs of imperfective and perfective. Руча́ться/поручи́ться The first verb, руча́ться, means “to vouch for someone” or “to be sure of…

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Russian News: Cheburashka Creator Dies Posted by on Aug 16, 2018


A sad piece of news came from Russia — Eduard Uspensky (Эдуа́рд Успе́нский), a children’s literature author and the creator of Cheburashka (Чебура́шка) died aged 80. Many of his stories were made into cartoons that many speakers of Russian (not only in Russia!) grew up on. In addition, he wrote the screenplays to many cartoons…

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Russian Songs About Luck with Везёт Posted by on Aug 8, 2018


One useful word for talking about luck is везти́. This post will explain how this word is used and illustrate it — with famous Russian songs! Везти́/повезти́ To express the idea of having good luck, we use the verb везти́ (yes, the same one you may already know as a verb of motion meaning “to…

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