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As Good As Dead: Macabre Russian Sayings Posted by on Apr 17, 2018

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Russian has its share of gallows humor, so I have put together a list of sayings having to do with the dead. Горбатого могила исправит Горб is a hump, so горбатый is a hunchback (not a very nice way to describe someone). Могила is a grave, and исправить is to correct or fix. So, this…

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5 Verbs of Cause and Effect in Russian Posted by on Apr 12, 2018

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When you are trying to make an argument, it is important to talk about what caused a certain state of affairs. This post will list five ways to express cause and effect in Russian. All verbs will be given in pairs of imperfective/perfective. Приводить/привести Вести (“to lead/take someone somewhere”) is one of the verbs of…

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5 Ways To Describe Rudeness In Russian Posted by on Apr 5, 2018

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Is someone showing a lack of consideration for other people’s feelings or needs? Learn 5 ways of describing rude behavio(u)r in Russian, depending on what the person is doing and whether they are aware of how they affect others. To vary the conventions of Russian lexicography, I will be listing the feminine forms for the…

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Russian News: Fire in Kemerovo Mall Posted by on Mar 28, 2018

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A lot of the Russian internet is discussing a tragedy that happened last Sunday, March 25, in the Western Siberian city of Kemerovo (Кемерово). A fire broke out in a mall and killed at least 64 people, many of them children. Let us look at how it is being covered in Russia. Meduza reported: Днём…

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5 Ways To Say “Because” in Russian Posted by on Mar 21, 2018

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Linking words are one of the things that help you express your thoughts coherently in a new language. This post will look at some of the common conjunctions (союзы) that express causality in Russian. Потому что This may be the best known transition word in Russian. Потому что is a neutral way of saying because.…

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