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Царь, царевич, or Royal Titles in Russian Posted by on Jan 17, 2019


Are King Arthur and King Solomon both “коро́ль” in Russian? Why are both принц and князь used to say “prince,” and what’s the difference? This post will look at some royal titles in Russian and give examples of famous bearers of these titles. Коро́ль/Короле́ва The term “коро́ль” (king) is believed to come into Slavic languages…

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Why Are (Most) Russians Bad At Speaking Other Languages Posted by on Jan 9, 2019

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Several people who visited Russia told me they were surprised to discover that relatively few people spoke or understood English, even in the service industry in large cities. Generally speaking, the educational system and the environment in Russia contribute to this state of affairs. Largely Monolingual In a 2014 survey by the Levada Center pollster,…

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Poll: Most Russians Miss USSR Posted by on Jan 2, 2019

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The Russian pollster Levada Center recently published thought-provoking, if unsettling, findings: Most Russians said they missed the Soviet Union. We will look at the detailed results of this survey and some possible explanations. You can read the pollster’s report in Russian. More People Miss the USSR The main finding of the poll (опро́с), conducted in late…

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Move With The Times: Uses of Современный (“Modern”) In Russian Posted by on Dec 27, 2018

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One of the words that is used a lot in Russian is совреме́нный. This word, which literally means “modern” or “contemporary,” is extremely versatile and can express meanings ranging from timeliness to technological advanced to being hip. Let us look at these related but distinct senses. Happening these days This is a neutral sense of…

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Top Russian Blog Posts of 2018 Posted by on Dec 19, 2018

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As we near the end of the year, I would like to look back at the top ten posts from 2018. 10. Isn’t it cool that Russian has a case for describing the tool with which or the manner in which something is done? No need to use any preposition like “with” or “by,” either!…

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