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Learning Russian After English Posted by on May 4, 2015

We are continuing last week’s discussion of how learning a different second language first may have helped — or impeded — you in learning Russian. Since English is the most commonly studied foreign language, it’s only natural we discuss it next. I would guess for speakers of other European languages Russian may seem infinitely more…

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How to Overcome The Language Barrier Posted by on Mar 5, 2014

When I came to the United States in the distant 2003, I was certain I had everything necessary to carry on a conversation beyond the the subjects of current weather and favorite things to eat. My arsenal consisted of mostly proper English language structures, a decent amount of polysyllabic adjectives, obsessive fixation on the English…

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Same-Same but Different III: Homographs Posted by on Sep 1, 2010

Can it really be true that we’ve saved the best for our final, third, part of “Same-Same but Different”? After two posts – one on «омонимы» [homonyms] and another about «омофоны» [homophones] – we made it all the way to the truly troubling and trickiest of them all: «омографы» [homographs]. Here and now is when…

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«Осторожно, русский язык!» [Careful, Russian language!] Posted by on Apr 28, 2010

  If only this wasn’t a joke «объявление» [advertisement, announcement; declaration, proclamation; notification] made by some «хитрые филологи» [here: clever philologists], but «правда» [truth, verity, fact] instead! «Перевожу с руского на русский» [(I) translate from Rusian to Russian]. Because sometimes that’s just exactly what we all need, right? Today one foreign student here in Yekaterinburg…

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