Do Russians speak with regional Russian Accents?

How many Russian accents do you recognize while speaking Russian?

Have you ever heard of different Russian accents? In the UK, where I’m from, accents are a big deal. Regional accents can vary hugely across distances of just a few miles, and accents are often used (however unfairly) as a basis for judgements about a person’s background, class or education. So, when I began learning… Continue reading

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What’s With All the Flowers in Russia?

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You don’t need to spend a long time in Russia to start noticing all the flowers (цветы). Walk down any road and, within minutes, you’ll most likely walk past a street vendor or flower shop. In the evenings, the pavements are filled with Russians carrying bouquets for their dates or hosts for the evening. Indeed,… Continue reading

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A Jazz Lover’s Guide to St. Petersburg

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There was a saying in the former Soviet Union: “Today he plays jazz, tomorrow he’ll sell out his motherland”. Back then, jazz was seen as Western, subversive and something not to be trusted. Fortunately, times have changed, and today St. Petersburg attracts top jazz performers from across Russia and indeed the world. Every year, the… Continue reading

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Tea for Two: 5 Top Tea Rooms in St. Petersburg

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Tea has occupied a special place in Russian culture since the 17th century, when it was gifted to Tsar Michael I by the Mongolians. It quickly became the warming beverage of choice among Russian seeking to colonise the icy Siberian region and has been a staple in Russian kitchens ever since. Today, over 80% of… Continue reading

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There’s an International Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg!

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Ballet has its origins in 15th century Italy. Although the art form quickly spread to the rest of Western Europe, it wasn’t introduced to Russia until much later, as part of Peter the Great’s efforts to modernise the country in the 18th century. With the patronage of Empress Anna and, later, Catherine the Great, Russian… Continue reading

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