Websites to Help You Learn Cyrillic

Learning a new language is a challenge no doubt – internalising new words, new grammar and syntax while trying to have it come out with some semblance of fluency. And that’s just speaking and listening. Literacy is as much an integral component and adds another layer of complexity when it’s also a new alphabet. Though… Continue reading

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How to Talk about Emotions in Russian

Despite all evidence to the contrary, it is, in fact, summer in St. Petersburg. Even though it’s been largely cold and rainy since my arrival in June, every once in awhile the sun decides to come out, and when it does, you can see young lovers strolling down the streets and lounging in parks at… Continue reading

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Learn Russian like a Memory Master

With six cases, two verb aspects and very few vocabulary cognates, learning Russian involves an intimidating amount to memorise. Here are some hacks to help you manage. It struck me mid-way through one of my lessons last week; we were learning four Russian verbs equivalent to the English ‘to dress/undress’, (одевать, надевать, раздевать, снимать). Once… Continue reading

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10 Untranslatable Russian Words

Ever struggled to find the right words in English to describe your undying love for one person, your hair-of-the-dog hangover cure or the humdrum of everyday life? Look no further! These untranslatable Russian words provide a glimpse into the mysteries of the language and give you a whole new set of vocabulary to use. 1)… Continue reading

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7 things to consider before you start studying Russian

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There are plenty of good reasons why you should start learning Russian as a foreign language. With a total number of 277 million Russian speakers, it is considered the world’s 5th most commonly spoken language. You might find it interesting to hear that only about one half of the total number of Russian speakers is… Continue reading

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