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Друзья-товарищи: Degrees of Friendship in Russian Posted by on Dec 22, 2016

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There are several words for talking about your social circle in Russian. Are all friends created equal? Not so in Russian. There may be some overlap between different words referring to friendship, but let’s concentrate on what’s specific to each of them. Друг The notion of a friend (друг) is more restrictive in Russian than…

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Why Won’t Russians Answer Me In Russian? (Part II) Posted by on Apr 20, 2015

We are continuing from last week’s post on why some Russians will seemingly give you the cold shoulder and won’t answer you in Russian. We looked at how certain pronunciation gaffes can obscure understanding. There are also social and interpersonal reasons for the person’s reluctance to respond to you in Russian. Hungry for Practice As…

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