Why it’s easier to learn Russian than you’d think: word families. Part I.

If you have just recently taken up Russian, you’ve probably encountered a lot of difficulties already. The pronunciation is strange (at first), you have to learn the intonation and the stresses inside a word, you have to deal with the grammar and irregulars, and on top of that, even the words are longer than what you are (probably) used to.  However, there is one thing that actually can help you a lot. That is, world families. If you know some basic words, and you also know the basic rules for how to derive one word from another, you can much more easily express yourself. Basically what I’m trying to say is that you can’t really learn just one word in Russian, you learn instantly a whole family of words, derived from each other. There are multiple ways you can create thes ...

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VK Fest – worth the hype?

This coming weekend the 20-21st of July 2019, VK Fest will be setting up in St Petersburg for the fifth year in a row. VK Fest is markedly the biggest festival in Russia – last year over 90 thousand people came from far and wide to attend this summer event. The tickets cost around 3000 rubles to visit for one day, and a whole weekend ticket costs 5000 rubles. As can be understood from the name, VK Fest is a festival created and ran by the company and social networking site VKontakte. If you live in St Petersburg or any big city in Russia, I’m sure you’ve seen posters dotted all around advertising the occasion – but what can you expect from this festival, and is it worth the cost and the crowds? Well, first of all, a festival this big is sure to draw in some of the most prominent pop ...

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Quiz: Can you ace this quiz on Russian sayings?

Test your knowledge of Russian sayings with our quiz below. Can you match the Russian saying with the English equivalent? Do you want to learn more Russian sayings and proverbs? Make sure to check out our article on Russian sayings and proverbs with fish for more sayings, read The colorful world of Russian sayings and if you want to learn more Russian proverbs read On a date with Russian proverbs.  

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Where to eat in Moscow

When in Russia, one should not miss the chance to sample Russian cuisine. Before going to Russia I have heard people saying very different things. Some say Russian food is amazing. Some say Russian food lacks variety and is dull. Anyway, one has to try everything! The question is, where to eat in Moscow? The answer depends on your budget and here there is a place for all wallets. If money is not a problem for you, there is Bolshoi (Большой), which according to food critics is the most expensive restaurant in Moscow. It’s located behind Bolshoi Theater, hence the name, and boasts an art collection inside, so you can admire the art while having your meal. Two courses with wine will set you back about 5,000 rubles. If you want the best, there is White Rabbit (Белый кролик) with photo below, t ...

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Meet Ryan, who is just starting his internship in Russia

Hello everyone, I am a new intern here at Liden & Denz in Saint Petersburg. My name is Ryan, and I am from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. This is my second time in Saint Petersburg, while doing my undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria (Uvic), in 2017, I had the opportunity to do an exchange semester at Saint Petersburg State University. Currently, I just finished the first year of a dual degree masters program. My program is split between the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (МГИМО) and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. My fields of study are global security, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and nuclear policy. As part of my program, I am required to do an internship in the final semester and i ...

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