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Разговорный Словарь – Conversational Dictionary
16.07.2018 16:47
Russian Language, Common Phrases, Conversational Russian, Slang
322
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
301
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
214
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
356
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
341
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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«Кое-», «-то» и «будь»
30.05.2018 14:17
Russian language, Difficulties, Prefixes, Suffixes, Question Words
307
«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
416
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
355
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
380
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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Six films to watch on this year’s ‘Day of Russian Cinema’
25.08.2017 18:38
films, learning russian, Russian Language
1070
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
1067

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
1194
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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Первые одиннацать петербургских слов
05.09.2016 14:22
Russian Language, regional differences, bread, food, turtleneck, kiosks, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, lexical differences
1281
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
1033
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
1109

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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Как провести выходные в Питере, часть 1
13.07.2016 01:15
St Petersburg, Art, Russian, Pushkinskaya 10, gallery, street art, Russian Language
1205
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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