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6 Tools for Improving Your Digital Literacy in Russian Posted by on May 24, 2018

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So, you have decided to learn Russian and take full advantage of the digital resources out there. How can you access Russian-language media and maybe even participate in the discussion without cumbersome virtual keyboards or indecipherable transliteration? Here are some technology tips to make you ready to add Russian to your digital arsenal. This post…

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Phrases for Presenting Opposing Points of View in Russian Posted by on May 17, 2018

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Introductory phrases are useful for linking ideas and expressing attitudes. In this post, we will look at Russian expressions that let you present an opposing point of view. Тем не ме́нее Тем не менее is similar to “nevertheless” or “however.” It often comes at the beginning of the sentence and, unlike similar phrases in English,…

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Expressing Your Desires In Russian Posted by on May 10, 2018

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Expressing your wishes and desires is one of the most basic things in any language. Here are some ways you can do that in Russian. Я хочу The most common way of saying you want something is simply Я хочу (I want). This can either be followed by a noun, in the accusative case for…

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Advice for First-Time Travelers to Russia by Emily Owens Altman Posted by on May 1, 2018

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This post is the first in a series of first-hand accounts and tips from people who have traveled to Russia. They will share their experiences and give prospective visitors some advice. Our first guest author is Emily Owens Altman, a librarian in Richmond, Virginia. The rest of this post is by Emily, with Russian spellings and…

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6 Verbs of Talking in Russian Posted by on Apr 26, 2018

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What Russian verbs do you know to describe people talking? Russian has a few ways of talking about communication, and this post will mention six common ways of referring to that activity. 1. Говори́ть Говори́ть (imperf.)/сказа́ть (perf.) is probably the first verb that comes to mind. This verb may serve as an equivalent of “to…

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