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Make-up and Drag in Russia

Whether you are doing some holiday shopping or would like to avoid saying, “you know that thing that does this to your eyelashes”, these make-up related Russian vocabulary and phrases are here to help. Basics Unlike in Soviet Union times,…
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Russian Lullabies

Не зна́ю, как вы, но в декабре́ мне о́чень хо́чется спать!1 I don’t know about you, but I really want to sleep in December Whether it’s the end-of-the-year blues or the fact that we only get about 8 hours of daylight – either way, I envy…
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Thanks, mama.

Understanding humor in another language is a whole new level of engaging with it. Those learning Russian know that Вели́кий и Могу́чий Ру́сский Язы́к 1The Great and Mighty Russian language, being the rich language that it is, loves to…
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Listening to Grechka

All images are by author (Akbota Yergaliyeva) Yes, you read the title right. This blog is only partially about Russia’s favorite grain гречка (buckwheat). We are going to talk about a wonderful Russian music artist on the rise that…
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Russians don’t cry over baked milk

Have you ever heard of топлёное молоко́? Baked milk is not a dairy product that frequents markets outside of post-Soviet countries but в России топлёное молоко́ лю́бят все, от ма́ла до велика. And as you will see today, it’s a nutritious…
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What date is it today?

Would you like to correctly answer that question in Russian? Вы на ве́рном ме́сте.1You are at the right place If you need a quick refresher on поря́дковые числи́тельные2ordinal numbers see my blog here. Вы гото́вы? Пое́хали!3Are you ready?…
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V biblioteke (at the library)

Смо́тришь в кни́гу ви́дишь фи́гу? (Looking into a book but seeing nothing – see note below) That certainly won’t be the case with Transparent’s Library Sign-up month. See here if your local library offers Transparent Language Online…
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Pretty in Prefix

Should I write пре or при? Whether you are a beginner Russian learner or a native speaker, dealing with these two prefixes is a handful. Actually, dealing with all the prefixes in Russian can be overwhelming without some of them sounding…
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