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Presidential Debates in Russian Posted by on Oct 18, 2012

First, a disclaimer is in order – this is NOT a post about politics, but about how to talk about politics. Of course, as the saying goes, приличные люди о политике не говорят (well-mannered people do not discuss politics). Then again, rules change. It used to be that разговоры о сексе (conversations about sex) were…

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Bidzina Ivanishvili and the Elections in Georgia Posted by on Oct 5, 2012

Всем привет! [Hello all!] I have been very, very busy recently – since I want поступить в аспирантуру [to apply to graduate school], I have been madly working on my essays, writing samples, and taking the GRE, the exam that applicants to many American graduate schools need to take. The good news: I have managed to…

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Reading the Russian News: Opposition Protests Posted by on Jul 13, 2012

Доброе утро, дорогие читатели! [Good morning, dear readers!] Каждый день, я читаю новости на русском [Every morning, I read the news in Russian]. It is a habit I got into last year, when we had to bring a news story to Russian class every day. I am sure I have said this before, but…

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The Polish Air Crash of 2010 Posted by on Apr 25, 2011

Well, «дорогие читатели» [dear readers], this is going to be a depressing post. It is about «авиакатастрофа в Смоленске 10 (десятого) апреля 2010 (две тысячи десятого) года» [the plane crash in Smolensk on April 10, 2010]. It made headlines at the time and a year later, people are still talking about it. Why? Read on…

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Word of the Week: Барак Обама [Barack Obama] Posted by on Nov 7, 2008

While the world is still dizzy with joy and full of metaphysical expectations after Barack Obama won the elections in USA this Tuesday, my mind is, though not far from a cry of happiness, also filled with other reflections. One of these is how to deal with the new president’s name in Russian. With George…

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