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Beyond «рука» and «нога»: Words for (outside) body parts Posted by on Aug 15, 2012

When you first begin studying Russian, one of the things they tell you is that рука can be translated as either “hand” or “arm” — and similarly, нога can mean either “foot” or “leg.” Well, that’s pretty darn convenient for the beginning student, with fewer new words to memorize! But wait — what if you…

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A Dumpling’s-Eye-View of Digestion Posted by on Jun 20, 2012

«Пищеварение, с пельменной точки зрения» We’re going to take a scientific экскурсия (“tour”) of the пищеварительный тракт (“digestive tract”), imagining ourselves as Raquel Welch and her fellow crewmembers aboard their microminiaturized подводная лодка (“submarine”) from the 1966 sci-film Fantastic Voyage («Фантастическое путешествие»). Passing the губы (“lips”) and entering the the рот (“mouth”), we’ll immediately notice…

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