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Conosci la Russia: inno nazionale
11.10.2018 17:20
russia, inno russia, russian anthem, musica russa, testo inno russia
264
Conosci la Russia: inno nazionale

L'attuale inno della Federazione russa risale al 2000 e fu composto da Sergej Michalkov, lo stesso uomo che aveva scritto anche il testo del vecchio inno dell'Unione Sovietica (1944), con cui l'attuale condivide anche la musica. 

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Разговорный Словарь – Conversational Dictionary
16.07.2018 16:47
Russian Language, Common Phrases, Conversational Russian, Slang
377
Разговорный Словарь – Conversational Dictionary

Want to improve your conversational Russian skills? Check out this list of need to know Russian conversational phrases.

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The Evolution of Russian: Union and Federation
04.07.2018 15:40
Russian Language, History of Russian, Soviet Union, Bolshevik Revolution, Orthographic Reform, Soviet Names, Soviet Slang, Modern slang
373
The Evolution of Russian: Union and Federation

Have you ever wondered where Russian language came from? In this, the third and final post in our three part series, we’ll be finishing off our answer to that question by looking at the role that the Bolshevik Revolution and the Soviet Union played in the development of Russian and the linguistic changes that have impacted Russian since the proclamation of the Russian Federation.

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The Evolution of Russian: Empire
02.07.2018 14:59
Russian Language, History of Russian, Origins, Moscovite Dialect, Novgorodian Dialect, Russian Empire, Civil script
252
The Evolution of Russian: Empire

Have you ever wondered where Russian language came from? In this, the second of our three part blog series, we’ll be trying to answer that question by looking at how modern Russian was born, and Peter the Great's role in its development. 

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The Evolution of Russian: Rus
28.06.2018 15:21
Russian Language, History of Rusian, Origins, Reforms, Vocabulary, Glagolic Script, Old Church Slavonic, Old Russian, Kievian Rus
457
The Evolution of Russian: Rus

Have you ever wondered where Russian language came from? In this, the first of a three part blog series, we’ll be trying to answer that question by looking at how Russians spoke before Russian existed and how writing first appeared in the lands that now make up western Russia.

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Граммотическое Задержание / Hold up, prefix time
21.06.2018 14:53
Russian Language, difficulties, prefixes, verbs, to hold, to withstand, to support, to detain, to withold, to spend, to consist of
389
Граммотическое Задержание / Hold up, prefix time

Time to look at some more verbs with prefixes. This time we’ll be looking at verbs created from the verb держать – to hold.

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Два великана русской культуры / Two Giants of Russian Culture
06.06.2018 17:47
Russian Culture, Poetry, Games, Birthday,
366
Два великана русской культуры / Two Giants of Russian Culture

Two major icons of Russian culture celebrate their birthday today. Read on to find out who...

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Квесты в Питере / Escape Rooms in St Pete’s
05.06.2018 14:18
Saint Petersburg, Things to Do, Quests, Escape Rooms, Russian Practice, Games
299
Квесты в Питере / Escape Rooms in St Pete’s

Looking for a more unusual way to practice your Russian skills? Why not try a quest?

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«Кое-», «-то» и «будь»
30.05.2018 14:17
Russian language, Difficulties, Prefixes, Suffixes, Question Words
356
«Кое-», «-то» и «будь»

Ever wondered how кое-кто, кто-то, and кто-нибудь can all translate to someone in English and yet have completely different meanings in Russian? By the time you've finished reading this post you'll be an expert in using the prefix кое- and the suffixes -то and -нибудь with this and other Russian question words.  

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Постсловаризм/The Post-Dictionary Age
29.05.2018 17:50
Russian Language, reading, writing, dictionaries, translation
469
Постсловаризм/The Post-Dictionary Age

If you want to learn Russian properly, then reading regularly is an absolutely must. When we read, not only will we undoubtedly find new and unfamiliar words, but we also have the chance, unlike in real-time conversation,s to record these new words so they stick with us. Unfortunately for some, this very possibility can make reading quite a frustrating experience. Perfectionists like myself who need to know the meaning and nuances of every single word they meet may find themselves spending more time looking up new words than they do reading the actual book.

What can you do then if you just can't bear to let a single word pass by unknown? Read on to find out...

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Многочисленые Сложности Склонения/The Numerous Difficulties of Declination
18.05.2018 16:03
Russian Language, Difficulties, cardinal numbers, declination
413
Многочисленые Сложности Склонения/The Numerous Difficulties of Declination

Take a look at this following sentence:

“Мария гуляла в парке с 7 собаками”

If you're not 100% sure how you would say the number "7" here, then this article is for you.

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О Памяти (On Memory)
11.05.2018 17:10
Russian Language, difficulties, prefixes, verbs, memory, remember
447
О Памяти (On Memory)

Memorising the difference in meaning between verbs with the same root and different prefixes can be tricky. This blog is here to help with that process, starting with the most obvious candidate – verbs formed from помнить (to remember).

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To Go or Not to Go: Novgorod
10.05.2018 16:37
Russia, Novogord, Leningradskaya Oblast, Travel, Excursions, Day Trips, Russian History, Orthodox Religion, Architecture, Kremlin, Cultural Programme
333
To Go or Not to Go: Novgorod

Novgorod is one of Russia`s oldest cities and has, through its centuries of existence, played an immeasurably important role in Russian history and the development of Russia as a state. The Derzhavin institute often organises trips to the city as part of its cultural program but, seeing as Novgorod is a considerable distance away from St Petersburg, students often wonder whether it is worth their time to travel there or not. If this sounds like you, then read on; the points in this post will help you to make a decision.

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Books for Russian Learners and St. Petersburg Bookstores
12.12.2017 15:11
stpetersburg, culture, learningrussian, books,
589
Books for Russian Learners and St. Petersburg Bookstores
In a previous post, we looked at some great online resources for reading in Russian, but since you've come all the way to one of the most literary cities in the world, it would be a shame not to take advantage of Saint Petersburg's ubiquitous bookstores and pick up some books to take home with you. In this post, we suggest a few books or series of books that might be of interest to Russian learners, as well as introduce some of the bookstores in the city. 
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Real Russian Resources- Reading, Listening and Watching
21.11.2017 15:01
learn russian, resources, media
727
Real Russian Resources- Reading, Listening and Watching
In previous posts, we've looked at some websites and materials aimed at learners of Russian. While these are invaluable resources, they have their limitations. To really learn the language, you need to listen to and read a lot in "real" Russian aimed at native speakers. The good news is there is an endless amount of listening and reading material in Russian available for free online about any topic you can imagine, and everyone can find something that interests and motivates them if they know where to look.
 
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Great YouTube Channels for Studying Russian
02.11.2017 14:29
russian, resources, grammar, learning, listening
894
Great YouTube Channels for Studying Russian
YouTube is a goldmine of resources for learning foreign languages, and Russian is no exception. In this post, we recommend six specific channels for Russian learners. Read the descriptions, watch sample clips, and decide for yourself which ones will be most helpful and interesting to you. 
 
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The Best Resources for Writing in Russian
24.10.2017 17:55
russian, resources, writing, learning
935
The Best Resources for Writing in Russian
In this post, we'll look at resources to help get you writing in Russian, from learning the Cyrillic alphabet all the way to writing paragraphs that will be corrected by native speakers, for free! 
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Three Great (and Free!) Online Resources for Russian Language Learners and How to Get the Most Out of Them
16.10.2017 15:38
russian, tobecontinued,
1079
Three Great (and Free!) Online Resources for Russian Language Learners and How to Get the Most Out of Them
While you'll certainly learn a lot of Russian in class, it's even more important to practice and build on what you learn outside of class. Whether you're thinking about coming to Russia, studying here now, or already back home, there are countless ways to improve your Russian with the help of the single greatest foreign language learning tool ever invented: the internet. 
 
In this series, we'll help you sort through some of the best resources available for Russian language learners and give you some tips for how to make the most of them so that the time you spend studying Russian is as efficient and as enjoyable as possible. 
 
In this first post of the series, we'll introduce you to three resources that will allow you to 1) learn to type quickly in Russian, 2) look up any grammatical form of any Russian word, and 3) quickly translate any word on any website in Russian and make flashcards of new vocabulary. 
 
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Embarrassing Mistakes to Avoid When Speaking Russian (Part 1)
21.09.2017 14:46
learningrussian, mistakes, tobecontinued, pronunciation,
1126
Embarrassing Mistakes to Avoid When Speaking Russian (Part 1)

There are endless advantages to learning Russian. It can lead to more career opportunities, it can help you when you travel, it can even help keep your brain healthy for longer. But, that’s not to say that learning Russian doesn’t come without its difficulties. Whether you’ve only just started learning Russian, or you’ve been learning it for a few years, you’ll know how easy it is to get mixed up and make a mistake. We’ve gathered some of our favourite mistakes and have listed them below - hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll avoid making these (often embarrassing) mistakes in the future!

There are endless advantages to learning Russian. It can lead to more career opportunities, it can help you when you travel, it can even help keep your brain healthy for longer. But, that’s not to say that learning Russian doesn’t come without its difficulties. Whether you’ve only just started learning Russian, or you’ve been learning it for a few years, you’ll know how easy it is to get mixed up and make a mistake. We’ve gathered some of our favourite mistakes and have listed them below - hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll avoid making these (often embarrassing) mistakes in the future!

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Unusual Russian Idioms: Do not make an elephant out of a fly!
15.09.2017 16:37
learnrussian, russian, idioms,
2123
Unusual Russian Idioms: Do not make an elephant out of a fly!

Although remembering idioms is not always that easy, you cannot deny that idioms are one of the more interesting parts of learning a new language. We have collected for you some of the more unusual idioms and idiomatic phrases, as well as trivia related to each of them. Enjoy!

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Winter is coming - get ready!
14.09.2017 16:32
stpetersburg, weather, winter, russian, words, phrases
854
Winter is coming - get ready!

There’s no denying it - the weather in St. Petersburg is….challenging (to put it lightly). If you’ve come (or are planning to come) to Derzhavin Institute in Saint Petersburg to study, you’ll need to start thinking about how to survive the cold winter months in the city. The temperatures can drop to as low as minus 30 degrees celsius, and snow can start to fall as early as October (in 2016, the first snowfall happened on October 26th). Therefore, we recommend getting acquainted with some winter vocabulary and stocking up on winter clothing in advance!

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Six films to watch on this year’s ‘Day of Russian Cinema’
25.08.2017 18:38
films, learning russian, Russian Language
1160
Six films to watch on this year’s ‘Day of Russian Cinema’

Cinema has always been an important aspect of Russian culture. Lenin is said to have asserted that, of all the art forms, the most important of all was that of cinema («... вы должны твердо помнить, что из всех искусств для нас важнейшим является кино»). 

The Day of Russian Cinema (День российского кино) falls every year on the 27th of August. On this very day in 1919, Vladimir Lenin signed a decree that declared the nationalisation of the country’s cinematic and photographic industries. In 1979 - 60 years after this event -, the day was declared a national holiday; from then on, the ‘Day of Soviet Cinema’ (the name, of course, changed after the collapse of the USSR in 1991) would be celebrated every year on the 27th of August.

If you’re looking to improve your Russian and also want to find out more about Russian and Soviet culture, then watching a Russian film is the perfect way to do this! There are countless films that you could watch and several genres and time periods to choose from. To inspire you, here is a list of six films that might take your fancy:

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Что бы было понятно
20.09.2016 16:49
Russian Language, common phrases, settling in, dealing with fast talkers, useful vocabulary
1116

If your visit to the Derzhavin Institute will be your first time in a Russian speaking country it's be a good idea to get acquainted with some of the common phrases that'll you'll hear when you're out and about before you arrive. 

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Еще одна сложность в русской граматике
15.09.2016 14:32
Russian Language, difficulties, plural and singular, verb conjugation, grammatical agreement, grammar
1265
Еще одна сложность в русской граматике

Today we'll be looking at majorities, minorities and numbers, and why they're all incredibly confusing!

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В Питере есть - часть два
09.09.2016 15:06
Saint Petersburg, restaurants, food, quick meals, Russian Cuisine, Soviet propaganda, chips, Amsterdam, Japanese food, Ice cream
1062

Today we look at good places to make a pit stop in the city centre...

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Первые одиннацать петербургских слов
05.09.2016 14:22
Russian Language, regional differences, bread, food, turtleneck, kiosks, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, lexical differences
1342
Первые одиннацать петербургских слов

Whether your aim is to sound like a native of St Petersburg or the opposite - to keep your Russian clear and region neutral - here are some words you should know about...

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Загадка котов
30.08.2016 15:18
Russian Language, difficulties, genetive case, grammar rules, cats
1083
Загадка котов

Everyone knows that, whilst Russian grammar can be very complicated, it normally follows strict, logical rules with only a few exceptions. This is not really one of those cases...

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Пять трудностей русского языка
17.08.2016 14:50
Russian Language, difficulties, cognates, cases, sentence structure, verbal aspect, verbs of motion, global languages, literature and the arts
1159

I think few people would argue with me if I said that Russian is a pretty difficult language to learn It’s only natural therefore, that all students of Russian encounter difficulties in their studies at some point...

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В Питере - есть, часть 1
08.08.2016 14:16
Saint Petersburg, restaurants, food, pizza, Armenian cuisine, Russian Cuisine
1155

Putting the spotlight on some of the best places to eat in St Pete`s.

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Про Крыши и Этажи
01.08.2016 21:56
St Petersburg, Art, Russian, Etazhi, gallery, modern art, relaxation, food, shopping, sightseeing
1277
Про Крыши и Этажи

How do you find peace and quiet in a major city? You go up.

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Как провести выходные в Питере, часть 1
13.07.2016 01:15
St Petersburg, Art, Russian, Pushkinskaya 10, gallery, street art, Russian Language
1251
Как провести выходные в Питере, часть 1

This weekend was the first of many that I will be spending in Saint Petersburg during my three month stay at the Derzhavin institute. Due to the torrential rain which had been assailing the city all week, I had less of a chance than I would have liked for sightseeing. With relatively good weather forecast for the weekend I was determined to make up for lost time....

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