Tag Archives: Russian language

25 Aug
2021
What is the Russian Авось? Авось is a widely used Russian saying which expresses a very specific concept. Although you may find that it is often translated as ‘perhaps’ or ‘with hope’, these English phrases do not represent the deeper concept that lies behind the Russian авось. I spoke to native Russian speakers to try ...
16 Aug
2021
Шапочное знакомство: The Russian Idiom for ‘A Nodding Acquaintance’ Шапочное знакомство (shapochnoye znakomstvo), is a Russian idiom that can be directly translated into English as ‘hat acquaintance’, but finds its idiom equivalent in the English phrase ‘a nodding acquaintance’. This idiom is used to describe the relationship that you have with someone who you don’t ...
04 Aug
2021
Potemkin Villages (Потемкинские деревни): The Story Behind the Russian Idiom Потемкинские деревни, which can be translated as Potemkin villages, is a curious idiom found in Russian, which is also sometimes used in English. It is used to describe a cover up which attempts to make something seem a lot better than it may truly be, ...
23 Mar
2021
As if getting to grips with the cyrillic alphabet isn’t difficult enough for new students of Russian, two of the Russian alphabet’s 33 letters are ‘voiceless’: Ь and Ъ. How is Ь pronounced ? Ь is the soft sign (мягкий знак). It is voiceless, but its presence indicates a modification of the consonant which precedes ...
18 Mar
2021
COVID-19 has changed practically every aspect of our lives, language included. Below you will find a list of Russian COVID-19 vocabulary: an essential edition to any Russian student’s repertoire.  For more information about the current coronavirus situation in Russia, take a look at https://lidenz.ru/what-is-the-current-situation-regarding-the-coronavirus-in-russia/ Антибактериальный гель для рук (Hand gel)/ Санитайзер (Sanitiser) Hand gel has become ...
10 Mar
2021
Opted to do one of Liden & Denz’s online courses and are studying Russian remotely? Or perhaps, like me, you had planned to spend some time in Russia this year but your plans have been put on hold due to the pandemic? It can be hard to feel as if you’re making big improvements in ...
23 Feb
2021
Hello from Liden & Denz Saint Petersburg! For the upcoming  4 weeks I will be a new blogger for Liden & Denz in Saint Petersburg. I am very happy that I am back in Russia and excited to further develop my Russian language skills!  In Amsterdam, where I live, and in the Netherlands in general, ...
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 ...
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 ...