Want to improve your conversational Russian skills? Check out this list of need to know Russian conversational phrases.
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.
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.
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.
Time to look at some more verbs with prefixes. This time we’ll be looking at verbs created from the verb держать – to hold.
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.
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...
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.
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).
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:
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.
Today we'll be looking at majorities, minorities and numbers, and why they're all incredibly confusing!
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...
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...
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...
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....