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Archive for December, 2018

Move With The Times: Uses of Современный (“Modern”) In Russian Posted by on Dec 27, 2018

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One of the words that is used a lot in Russian is совреме́нный. This word, which literally means “modern” or “contemporary,” is extremely versatile and can express meanings ranging from timeliness to technological advanced to being hip. Let us look at these related but distinct senses. Happening these days This is a neutral sense of…

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Top Russian Blog Posts of 2018 Posted by on Dec 19, 2018

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As we near the end of the year, I would like to look back at the top ten posts from 2018. 10. Isn’t it cool that Russian has a case for describing the tool with which or the manner in which something is done? No need to use any preposition like “with” or “by,” either!…

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Readers, Mothers, and Chauvinists: 3 Facts About Russia Posted by on Dec 13, 2018

News from Russia tends to focus on internal troubles and geopolitical ambitions. That may leave learners wondering, beyond the obsession with Putin and vodka clichés, what do I really know about contemporary Russia? This post will explore some surprising, inspiring, and, yes, disturbing facts about Russia. High Literacy Rates According the the CIA World Factbook…

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4 Canned Foods Popular in Russia Posted by on Dec 6, 2018

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Whether a result of past and present food shortages or a clever way of preserving items, canned foods (консе́рвы) are a staple of the average Russian’s diet. Let us look at four common items you will find in many shopping baskets. Сгущёнка Sweetened condensed milk, officially called сгущённое молоко́ but better known as сгущёнка, is…

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