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The Mother of All Rivers Posted by on Oct 4, 2021

As the old song goes, Широка́ страна́ моя́ родна́я. Russia is the largest country in the world by far. Its borders stretch from its westernmost to easternmost points over 9,000 kilometers (over 5,000 miles), covering a total area of over seventeen million square kilometers (6.6 million square miles), which is one-eighth of the total land…

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The Wonderful World of Snacking Posted by on Sep 18, 2021

Imagine it’s 10:30am, you had breakfast not too long ago, but you realized that you проголода́лся [have become hungry] and you just can’t make it to your обе́денный переры́в [lunch break]. Мо́жет быть, пора́ закуси́ть что́-нибудь [Perhaps it’s time to snack on something]? But before we dive into the endless world of snacking and to…

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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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