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Разговорный Словарь – Conversational Dictionary
16.07.2018 16:47
Russian Language, Common Phrases, Conversational Russian, Slang
317
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
293
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
208
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
346
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
335
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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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
253
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
302
«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
411
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
349
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
374
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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Theatres in Saint Petersburg
29.03.2018 14:15
stpetersburg, culture, theatre
350
Theatres in Saint Petersburg

When you think of theater in Russia, most likely the Russian Ballet performing Swan Lake comes into your mind. With images of the elaborate beauty of the classic Mariinsky Theatre, you can be transported back into a time of unparalleled elegance. As the cultural capital of Russia, Saint Petersburg is home to both classical and modern theatre companies known and respected throughout Russia and the world. Music theatres, ballet and opera theatres, puppet theatres and drama theatres all have something unique to offer. 

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Russian Presidential Elections
16.03.2018 19:46
stpetersburg, moscow, history, culture, onthisday
327
Russian Presidential Elections

Similar to other countries with such long histories, the Russian government has undergone various complete transformations. From early Rus, to the time of the Tsars, to a revolution that birthed the Soviet Union and finally the restructuring into a democratic Russian Federation. The mark of any democracy is the establishment of a free and competitive election process. That is what makes 18 March 2018 a day of significance, the Russian Federation Presidential elections.

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Happy International Women`s Day!
07.03.2018 13:38
stpetersburg, culture, holidays, onthisday
426
Happy International Women`s Day!

Wherever you go on March 8, you will be sure to see an abundance of flowers. Flowers in the hands of women, children and grandmothers. Flowers lining the streets. Flowers being passed out in cafes and shops. Bouquets wrapped and on delivery. Flowers, gifts and beauty are on every corner, and it is quite possible you will come across special events being held in honor of women and femininity. Around the streets you will hear congratulations, and, if you are a woman, may even receive congratulations or flowers of your own from strangers and business alike.

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Books for Russian Learners and St. Petersburg Bookstores
12.12.2017 15:11
stpetersburg, culture, learningrussian, books,
525
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
658
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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Ivan Turgenev: Life and Quotes
07.11.2017 17:27
onthisday, culture, literature
991
Ivan Turgenev: Life and Quotes

The Russian realist writer Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev was born on November 9, 1818. In honor of his 199th birthday, read about his life and ten of his most famous quotes in Russian and English! 

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Great YouTube Channels for Studying Russian
02.11.2017 14:29
russian, resources, grammar, learning, listening
820
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
844
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,
1015
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,
1037
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,
1887
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
786
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
1062
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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Scioglilingua russi
02.02.2017 18:00
Scioglilingua
6346

 

Troppo facile il russo?

Qui alcuni divertenti scioglilingua con i video allegati

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Canzoni popolari russe
31.01.2017 18:48
Canzoni popolari
6295

 

Uno dei metodi per studiare una lingua e conoscere la cultura di un popolo!

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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
1062

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
1186
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
1274
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
1025
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
1104

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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