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4 Russian Sayings With Animals Posted by on May 6, 2019

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Russian has quite a few sayings featuring animals—you can see our previous post on this subject here. This time, I wanted to add four more expressions you can occasionally hear in Russian speech. Кот напла́кал Кот is a male cat (the female form, ко‘шка is more common to talk about a random street cat whose sex…

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How To Write a Résumé in Russian Posted by on Apr 25, 2019

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A résumé (резюме́) is an important part of applying for a job anywhere, and Russia is no exception. However, some conventions used for Russian résumés are different from other countries. While recommendations and preferences vary depending on the applicant, company, and time period, this post will go over some common themes. Ли́чные да́нные — Personal…

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Поэт или авторка: Gendered Names of Occupations in Russian Posted by on Apr 17, 2019

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Russian is a gendered language, which means that nouns have a grammatical gender (род): feminine (же́нский), masculine (мужско́й), or neuter (сре́дний). True, it can be confusing to grasp why a table (стол) is masculine and a river (река́) is feminine, but it should be much simpler with names of people’s occupations, right? In theory, yes…

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How to Pronounce Russian Prepositions Posted by on Apr 10, 2019

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Have you ever struggled to pronounce these odd-looking one-letter prepositions in Russian? Especially if that letter was a consonant? The trick is to stop enunciating them and to attach them to the word that follows. Let’s break it down case by case. One-Consonant Pronouns Many Russian prepositions (предло́ги) only have one letter, a consonant at…

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9 Telegram Channels in Russian to Follow Posted by on Apr 2, 2019

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If you read articles on Russian media websites, you might have noticed a paper airplane icon inviting you to follow the publication on Telegram. A lot of people writing in Russian use this relatively new app, so it can be a valuable tool for reading a variety of Russian news and commentary on social media…

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News in Russian: Kazakhstan President Steps Down (Sort Of) Posted by on Mar 25, 2019

Nursultan cityscape

A big story from the post-Soviet region (постсове́тское простра́нство) is that the president of Kazakhstan (Казахста́н) has resigned after nearly 30 years in power. Since Russian has official status in Kazakhstan and since this story is being widely covered in Russian-language media in several countries, I thought we should look at how it’s being reported…

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Spelling and Abbreviating Bulky Words in Russian Posted by on Mar 14, 2019

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Thanks to their numerous prefixes, suffixes, and endings, Russian words can be pretty long. In addition, the “morphology principle of spelling” (морфологи́ческий при́нцип правописа́ния) dictates that we spell Russian word roots consistently, even if they are pronounced differently in related words. Think of го́род (city) vs. города́ (cities). If they were spelled phonetically, they would…

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