Menu
Search

Archive for 'Uncategorized'

Russian phrases-homophones Posted by on Dec 4, 2020

Russian_language_meme

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”…

Continue Reading

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

silly_walk

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…

Continue Reading

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

woman walking away

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…

Continue Reading

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

laptop

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…

Continue Reading

Top 10 Russian Verbs — Part II Posted by on Dec 24, 2019

glasses

We are continuing our list of the most common verbs in Russian. Make sure you read Part I, too! 6. Cтать — to become, to start Стать is a perfective verb and refers to the result of becoming something or someone. Think of the game “Кто хочет стать миллионером?” (literal translation, “Who wants to become…

Continue Reading

Give or Take: Russian Verbs with -давать Posted by on Nov 14, 2019

giving

It may be useful to learn words in related “families,” so let us look at several verbs that share their root with дава́ть [dɐˈvatʲ], to give. I will include the imperfective and perfective forms of the verb and any related nouns for each verb. This post does not cover every verb or every possible meaning…

Continue Reading

Russian Recipe: Beet Salad with Garlic and Walnuts Posted by on Nov 6, 2019

beet salad

When we talk about Russian cuisine, the same dishes keep coming up—Olivier salad, borsch{t} (arguably of Ukrainian provenance), pelmeni, etc. This time, let’s make a lesser-known—but delicious!—dish popular in Russia: a beet salad. You may remember that beets (свёкла) feature in some other Russian dishes, such as the already mentioned borsch, vinegret, and “herring under…

Continue Reading

Older posts
Newer posts