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Superlatives for March 8th Posted by on Mar 3, 2021

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Does anyone else here have a drawing of their mom or grandma like this one? When I was in kindergarten I had to make one of these for Восьмо́е Ма́рта (March 8th). I actually never finished mine in time for the кла́ссный ча́с (homeroom) and when my mom came in, she saved my grace by…

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Russian Cooking Verbs Posted by on Feb 4, 2021

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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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ЖЕ: particle or conjunction? Posted by on Dec 14, 2020

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ЖЕ [pronounced “zhe”, see here for audio] can be either a particle or conjunction. Either way, it is written separately from the words it modifies and can add a lot of “flavor” to your Russian. ЖЕ as a particle The main function of this particle is to either intensify the word before, or show the…

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Russian phrases-homophones Posted by on Dec 4, 2020

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You might have seen a post or a meme of the “good luck non-native speakers” nature before, and not necessarily about Russian grammar ( think of “Who’s on first” by Abbott and Costello). The internet is full of them and, frankly, some are a hoot and a half. But while I’m also guilty of “sharing”…

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Working hard or hardly working: Russian sayings about laziness Posted by on Jul 14, 2020

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Not sure if it’s July heat in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan that’s making any effort to do anything three times more exhausting, or the fact that I consumed triple the recommended amount of chocolate fudge cake for my birthday (you only turn 25 once, right?) — either way, I’m feeling like the biggest sloth. So, why not…

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Passing the Baton on the Russian Blog and Maria’s Top Posts Posted by on Mar 31, 2020

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Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know that I have written for it for the past 6 years, posting 356 articles. I’ve been honored to be a part of this blog and interact with our readers. As I step down to concentrate on other endeavors, I’d like to…

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Top 5 Russian Blog Posts of 2019 Posted by on Dec 30, 2019

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I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas or other holidays in December had a great time with their loved ones. As we near the end of 2019, I would like to look back and share our top five most popular posts. Back in the USSR? The first post talks about a survey that discovered that many…

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