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They Were Russian? Posted by on Feb 3, 2015

If you were to stop people on the streets of New York, London, Paris, or any other major metropolitan area and ask them to list some famous Russian people, I bet you’d never hear these names. Some of these names may even surprise a Russian citizen – they did me :-). Abraham Zapruder Whether or…

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Caesars and Pushkins: Proper Names Used to Describe a Person Posted by on May 29, 2014

You may be familiar with proper names being used generically for inanimate objects, such as aspirin. However, Russian often takes the name of a famous person to describe someone and to say they share some characteristic of that person. So what does it mean to be called a Pushkin? 1. Multitasker Julius Caesar (Юлий Цезарь)…

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Famous People Who Learned Russian as a Second Language Posted by on Apr 10, 2014

I’m sure you sometimes get discouraged when learning Russian. There are so many challenges, and it sometimes feels like you’ll never get it. While your outcomes depend on many factors, such as your effort, the time spent studying, practice, and instructional materials and methods, please don’t think that only native or bilingual speakers of Russian…

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Where are These Famous Russians Today? Posted by on Apr 9, 2014

Anna Chapman, Garry Kasparov, t.A.T.u, and Gorky Park – whether you are into sports, politics or music, you are most likely familiar with these Russian names. Over time, careers and audiences of these Russian celebrities have gone through major transformations but all of them remain in the public eye to this day. Ex-spy Anna Chapman…

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