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


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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15 Funny English Phrases To Help You Learn Russian Expressions Posted by on Jul 9, 2020

Yellow Hearts

The Phonetic Association Method is a way to make vocabulary learning easier. The strategy is based on the selection of resembled sounds. With it, you can memorize up to 30-50 words per day. It is a life hack, when in a short time you need to learn a large number of words. Using this method…

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Твёрдый знак (hard sign): a case study in Russian language reforms Posted by on Jul 2, 2020


Last month we looked at мягкий знак (soft sign) and the rules that govern its proper use. In this blog, let’s explore the other unusual letter of the Russian alphabet: твёрдый знак (hard sign). Твёрдый знак “ъ” is the 28th letter of the Russian alphabet and similar to the soft sign, it doesn’t carry its…

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Traditional Russian Dish That Is Loved All Over The World Posted by on Jun 29, 2020

Beef Stroganoff

Today we will eat like real barons. Beef Stroganoff is a dish, popular around the world, named after Alexander Stroganov, Russia’s minister of the interior, baron, and count of the 19th century. According to the main version of its history, the dish was invented by a French cook, who served the Stroganovs, Andre Dupont. However…

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Мягкий знак “Ь” (soft sign) or the Charlie Chaplin of the Russian alphabet Posted by on Jun 22, 2020


What can the 30th letter of the Russian alphabet have in common with the icon of the silent film industry? Let’s find out together. Many beginner Russian learners find the soft sign (мя́гкий знак) to be one of the most intriguing letters of the Russian alphabet because it doesn’t have its own phonetic meaning but…

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20 Years of Attempting to Diversify the Russian Economy – Part III Posted by on Jun 18, 2020

Putin Oil

“It is clear that in the long run, oil will reach prices that balance demand and consumption, and demand will increase after quarantines are canceled due to coronavirus.”                                                       …

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Easy-breezy Russian idioms with “wind” Posted by on Jun 10, 2020

magic hat

The Russian language is bountiful with idioms (фразеологи́змы) and there are a few particularly fun ones that use the word “ве́тер” (wind). Wind often symbolizes uncertainty, transition, and change. It also carries notions of emptiness and void since we cannot really catch it or hold onto it, but we can definitely feel its power…

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