Posts by: Olivia Wright

18 Dec
2020
Reflecting on my time at Liden & Denz Moscow I’m feeling pretty sad now that I’ve come to the end of my almost-three-month stay in Moscow – but it’s time to gather my thoughts and reflect on everything I’ve got out of my time here, and hopefully impart some gems of wisdom to potential future ...
14 Dec
2020
What kasha means to Russians The word ‘kasha’ is often translated simply as ‘porridge’, and this is what you might imagine when you hear it, especially if you’re British: But what does the word ‘kasha’ actually refer to? Actually, there are several types of kasha in Russia. The proper name for porridge as we know ...
09 Dec
2020
St. Matrona of Moscow and the Pokrovskiy Monastery This beautiful building here is the Pokrovskiy (Intercession) Monastery in Moscow.  About Pokrovskiy Pokrovskiy is actually a convent now (женский монастырь), but when it was founded by the Tsar back in 1635, it was a monastery. The monastery endured hard times in the 20th century: it was ...
01 Dec
2020
A verb and its 11 variants Слушать means ‘to listen’ and is always followed by the accusative case.  Слушаю музыку. I’m listening to music. Он слушает друга. He’s listening to his friend talking. Ты меня никогда не слушаешь! You never listen to me! Straightforward enough. But did you know that there are eleven more forms ...
25 Nov
2020
Russian translations of your favourite English idioms Have you ever found yourself missing being able to use English idioms whilst speaking Russian? Suffer no further, because I’ve compiled a handy list of Russian translations for some of the most popular English idioms: Цыплят по осени считают This is the equivalent of ‘don’t count your chickens ...
20 Nov
2020
Happy Birthday to Mikhail Lomonosov, the father of Russian science! On 19th November 1711 Mikhail Vasilievich Lomonosov was born in a small village in the far north of Russia. His life was relatively short, but his love for learning took him far and earned him his reputation as the founding father of Russian science. Read ...
16 Nov
2020
In the Soviet Union, toys were more than just toys. Here is a selection of the best examples I found… 1. Toy sewing machine The children’s sewing machine (Детская швейная машинка/ДШМ) was produced from the 1940s until the end of the 1980s, gradually modernising every time a factory released a new model. The best thing ...
12 Nov
2020
Understanding the Russian Soul The concept of the Russian soul (русская душа) is quite famous, and describes the idea that certain character traits are unique to the Russian nation. It kind of goes without saying that people have traits which are given to them by the culture they inhabit, but most people don’t talk about ...
05 Nov
2020
Russian scientists who invented things we use every day You will probably have heard of Dmitriy Mendeleev, the inventor of the periodic table, and Mikhail Lomonosov, who discovered the law of conservation of mass and founded Moscow State Uni. Russian scientists have always been very busy, yet there are many names which are not widely ...
23 Oct
2020
Guide: adding a Russian keyboard to your phone or laptop This article will provide info on how to install the Cyrillic (Russian) keyboard on your device. I’ve included instructions for both iPhone and Android users (no discrimination here!) as well as for Windows and Mac. Just scroll down to find the relevant section for you.  ...