Boo! It’s Friday the Thirteenth!

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Boo! It’s Friday the Thirteenth – a day when the nightmares come true. We hope you do not suffer from not so rare disease called Triskaidekaphobia))) Russians are superstitious at such a deep genetic level that demons, omens, and evil spirits of all sorts are constantly present in our daily life. It’s true in terms… Continue reading

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Pretending to be Russian

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Pretending to be Russian Living in Saint-Petersburg as a Dutch student is in my opinion more fun when you try to act like Russian people. In this way you can pretend to be Russian. In the following situations I tested this. Enjoy you meal! – prijátnovo appetíta! Saying prijátnovo to say ‘enjoy your meal’ instead of… Continue reading

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So Long, Farewell!

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So Long, Farewell! So the time has come to say take my last selfies on Red Square, buy my last few matryoshkas and say my goodbyes, or my до свидание’s! Time has passed so quickly, bringing to mind Turgenev’s words from Fathers and Sons: “for nowhere in the world does [time] fly as in Russia.”… Continue reading

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Russian Cases. Myth Busting!

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Once you decide to start learning Russian everyone begins intimidating you. Mom says: Russian is sooo rough and confusing…by the way, what sounds better – дружба (DRUHZHBA) or гниль (GNIEL)? Judged exclusively by the way it sounds GNIEL must be something pleasant and tender, while DRUHZHBA, on the contrary, must be something brutal and vicious.… Continue reading

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Rhyme or Reason: Why I Study Russian

Rhyme or Reason: Why I Study Russian As I come to the end of my stay in Russia and I look ahead to what my future may hold, I can’t help but ask the question: why do I and so many others study Russian? I am not the only one that asks that question, either…… Continue reading

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