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Superlatives for March 8th Posted by on Mar 3, 2021

flowers for grandma

Does anyone else here have a drawing of their mom or grandma like this one? When I was in kindergarten I had to make one of these for Восьмо́е Ма́рта (March 8th). I actually never finished mine in time for the кла́ссный ча́с (homeroom) and when my mom came in, she saved my grace by…

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

angry boy

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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Mutually Beneficial: Russian Words With Взаимо- You Need To Know Posted by on Dec 6, 2016

at the market

Взаимо- is a useful root that lets you create compound words with the sense of “mutual” or “two-way.” This post will list some common words made with that root. First, взаимо-  is related to the adjective “взаимный,” “mutual.” Сохрани́ть доброжела́тельность, чу́вство взаи́много уваже́ния, любви́ ― о́чень сло́жная шту́ка. (Keeping that friendliness, the feeling of mutual respect and…

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Colloquial Praises Posted by on Oct 23, 2014

If you took Russian — or any language, for that matter — you probably eventually arrived at a point when your teacher encouraged you to use words other than хороший (good) to praise things. Hopefully, you started using замечательный, чудесный (both mean wonderful),  восхитительный (delightful), великолепный (magnificent), прекрасный (great, beautiful), отменный (select, top-notch), отличный (excellent) and…

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Time to Lighten Up Posted by on Aug 28, 2012

What can be easier that learning Russian verbs? Russian adjectives, of course! And to switch gears, let’s choose лёгкое слово (easy word). In fact, why not talk about this exact adjective – лёгкий. To begin with, лёгкий might describe an object that is light as in Лёгкий танк весит меньше, а двигается быстрее, чем тяжёлый…

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This Russian Grammar Round-Up Will Make Your Head Spin Posted by on Nov 15, 2011

If you are looking for entertaining and helpful takes on some of the stickier problems of Russian grammar, then this post is for you. NOTE: not all the posts mentioned below were written by me. In fact, I wrote just a tiny portion of them. So if you leave comments on those posts (with links…

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How to Use Russian Short Form Adjectives Posted by on Mar 22, 2011

All who’re scared of grammar, raise your hands. Ok, maybe raising hands is not the best idea since it prevents me from typing and you – from scrolling through this post. Anyway, «грамматика» [grammar] can be intimidating. This goes for both learners of Russian as a second (or third or fourth) language and native Russian…

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