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Не За Что Or Ни За Что Posted by on Jan 22, 2021

Ni Za Chto

In today’s topic, we will talk about the difference between “нЕ за что” and “нИ за что“. Even some Russian speakers sometimes make mistakes in the spelling of these two phrases. However, it is important to realize that their meanings are different. Both sound like just one word. Let’s look at some examples of using “не…

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Take Your Pronunciation to the Next Level – Part I Posted by on Jul 21, 2014

Does anyone here find Russian pronunciation challenging? Perhaps you are learning Russian abroad and don’t get to hear native speakers very often. Or maybe, despite hearing them, you just can’t grasp how they produce the sounds of Russian and cannot quite repeat them. Let’s hope that’s not the case. But whatever your accent in Russian…

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Six Words You May Be Saying Wrong In Russian Posted by on Apr 24, 2014

Russian did not contribute nearly as many loanwords to English as French or Spanish did. However, a few of these words of Russian origin are floating around in English. Naturally, many of them changed their meaning or pronunciation comparing to Russian. Here are a few words you should pay attention to when speaking Russian to…

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Greka and the Crayfish: The Sequel Posted by on Jul 30, 2012

Last week, I offered some general tips on improving your pronunciation in Russian. One suggestion I overlooked: Reciting скороговорки (“tongue twisters”) can give you practice at distinguishing similar-but-different sounds, such as the hard and soft variants of consonants. For instance, the shortest Russian tongue-twister I know of is Пароль — «орёл» (“The password is eagle“)…

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Twist Your Tongue Russian Style! Posted by on Jan 4, 2010

It has been said before, «я знаю» [I know], but there’s nothing wrong with a little «повторение» [repeat, repetition; renewal; relapse; rehearsal] of something good! This blog has some of the best readers out there and thus duly receive plenty of excellent comments from you guys. «Спасибочки!» [‘(tiny) thanks!’ a slang version of «спасибо» placing…

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