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We didn’t take much to Russia, just two backpacks and a duffel bag, so there wasn’t space to bring much back. In fact, on the return trip, we flew with only carry-on items. When TSA x-rayed the duffel bag, I … Read More

Sanatorium food

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Here’s a little test: could you survive dining in a Russian sanatorium for a week? Give yourself one point for every dish you enjoy in the following list… гречка котлеты вареники творог тушеная капуста тушеное мясо пюре драники плов макароны … Read More

The Sanatoriums of Anapa

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The first time I stayed in a sanatorium, I thought it was a really weird place. Do you know what a sanatorium is? (When I told my brother we visited one, he replied, “What? Do you have tuberculosis?“) If you ask … Read More

Google Translate fails

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Do you use Google Translate when learning Russian? I used to rely on Kenneth Katzner’s amazing red dictionary but now it’s usually faster to put the mysterious word or phrase into Google Translate. Although Google Translate is becoming more and … Read More

6 more really long Russian words

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I’ve been translating A TON of documents lately, which means lots of fascinating words. Last month I had a huge assignment that had all kinds of interesting stuff, like “after taking this medicine, работа кишечника будет полностью восстановлена” (bowel function … Read More

More Russian language in Portland

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If you haven’t already heard, Portland is full of the Russian language. There are citizenship classes taught in Russian, a Russian social services program, and at least a dozen Slavic churches. There are little Eastern European stores with names like … Read More

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