Tag Archives: Etymology

14 May
Most students of Russian are probably aware that quite a hefty number of English words have crept into the Russian dictionary: ranging from джинсы (jeans) to хедж-фонд (hedge fund)  But, did you know that a number of English words have Russian origins…? Balaclava A close-fitting garment covering the whole head and neck except for parts of ...
02 May
Today I want to share with you a list of Russian months with their etymology, since it is in my belief that knowing where a word comes from will come in handy in the long run. Let me explain: Russian is an analytic language and its words are formed with suffixes and prefixes. So, even ...
03 Nov
Grunt and Squeak and Squawk with the Animals There are always some vocab lists that get neglected, and it isn’t until you really need a word that you realize you just don’t know it! One of those lists for me was animal vocab. Despite being an animal lover, many words slipped under my Russian radar ...