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What Your Russian Spouse Calls You (When You Are Not Listening) Posted by on Jan 12, 2012

Ever wonder what your Russian spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend is talking about on the phone? Are they talking about you? First of all, it’s safe to assume that a phone call you have overheard is not all about you. The only exception is if it’s your Russian wife calling her лучшая подруга (best friend) or…

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From Exasperating to Unobtrusive – Customer Service Words Posted by on Dec 9, 2011

Hello! Boy, am I happy to be back! I apologize for such a long absence from the blog. In case you have been wondering, I am not trekking across Siberia nor is my time taken up by re-reading “War and Peace” for the umpteenth time. I have been stranded без ноутбука (without a laptop) or…

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One Hard-Working Russian Word Posted by on Oct 18, 2011

Do you know that in Russia the expression “birthday suit” translates as «костюм Адама»  if talking about a male and «костюм Евы» if talking about a woman. But «фиговый листок» means exactly the same thing, a fig leaf, in its proverbial sense. Just be careful with the stress or you end up saying “worthless leaf”…

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