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Archive for February, 2021

Famous Russian Borodinsky Bread Posted by on Feb 24, 2021

Salmon open sandwich

Today we will enter the holy kingdom of Russian bread. Bread in Russia There has long been a well-known saying in Russia: “Bread is the head of everything.” Russians have always associated the presence of bread (хлеб) on the table with a manifestation of joy, sadness, and hospitality. Generally, the attitude towards bread in post-Soviet…

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Russian dachniki in February Posted by on Feb 22, 2021

scarecrow

Да́чный сезо́н на но́су! [lit. “the season of dachas is on the nose”, meaning “the season of dachas is almost here!”] The final week of February is a busy time for many Russian gardeners or those who have a “да́ча” (dacha or a country house). More on the history of dachas here. Here are some…

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Russian grammar is fun Posted by on Feb 16, 2021

sarcasm

There is a fun Russian grammar post circulating online that’s said to have been compiled by the Associate Dean of Foreign Languages Faculty at Moscow State University, Alla Leonidovna Nazarenko. Most Russian speakers find the post funny, whimsical even, or at least curious. Today, we go over my favorites from her list. Brace yourselves for…

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Love And Vegetable Sayings Posted by on Feb 12, 2021

Potato Heart

As you know, Valentine’s Day (День Святого Валентина) is approaching. There will finally be an occasion to call those we love (любить) but rarely talk to. While some are looking forward to this holiday, others do not celebrate it for their personal reasons or principles. No matter what group of people you belong to, I…

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Russian Cooking Verbs Posted by on Feb 4, 2021

pouring batter

Last month we looked at Kitchen Appliances. Now it’s time to learn Russian verbs for cooking. At the table The general verb for eating is “ку́шать” [kushat’]. Similar to English, there are specifiс verbs for eating at different times of the day: За́втракать [Zavtrakat’] – to have breakfast Обе́дать [Obedat’] – to have lunch Ужинать…

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The Word “Разве” In Russian Posted by on Feb 1, 2021

Razve Really

Today I will give you an interesting Russian word that can express interest, indignation, doubt, surprise, or even mistrust. It is the word “разве”. General Meaning Of “Разве” “Pа́зве“ [RAHZ-veh] is used to express surprise, some kind of mistrust, and to have doubts about the information you have or about its mismatch. For instance, suppose…

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