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How to Say Thank You in Russian Posted by on Nov 24, 2011

This old song is called “I am Grateful to You”. It is interesting how the more formal way of saying “thank you” is combined with the solemn music.  Today is «День Благодарения» [Thanksgiving Day] in the US. «Вы празднуете?» [Are you celebrating?] Once «индейка съедена» [the turkey is eaten], «гости разъехались» [the guests left], and…

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Bottles Under Table and Other Rules of Marital Bliss Posted by on Apr 28, 2011

I disagree with the classic who once wrote «Все счастливые семьи счастливы одинаково» [All happy families are alike]. Do you know who wrote this? How about the book that starts with this famous opening line? Back to business, however. As the saying goes, «браки заключаются на небесах» [marriages are made in heaven] meaning that you…

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7 Ways to Be More Russian Posted by on Mar 11, 2011

Remember a while ago we talked about how to learn Russian by creating an immersive experience. Except now I realize that in my suggestions I overlooked one major resource. It’s really so simple that I can’t believe I totally missed it! Thankfully I was reminded of it by reading an article in a Russian-language magazine…

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