Lost pets

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  Although apartment living might not offer much space, people in Ukraine still love to have pets. Everyone seemed to have a cat (even us!). Lap dogs were a popular second. Do you have a pet? If so, you might … Read More

Restaurants 3

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A few interesting odds and ends for restaurant practice-   In a Brazilian steakhouse- Хватит! Enough! Ещё! More food!   Arghhhh!!!! The main cause of distress for Russian language learners- illegible cursive! Самообслуживание, убирай за собой мусор, Self-service, take your … Read More


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Извините, ребята! It feels like it’s been forever since the last post here. How are your Russian studies going? In April I started doing a weekly языковой обмен with a girl in Kyiv. It’s good practice, though she a) gets … Read More

Favorite finds

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  Today’s Russian practice has been going through these old music books that belonged to my свёкор, Valeriy.     Valeriy was always interested in learning to play- I think he even had a keyboard stashed away in a closet … Read More

Russian Roundup- March 2016

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Overall this March was a language-learning slowdown. It started off strong- meetups, relatives, a new book- and then…. nothing. Last month’s Russian gaming company (passed that test, hooray!) inquired about a project to translate 1200 words in rhyme. Ughhhhhhh….. I … Read More

Words that sound alike in Russian

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No matter how many times my husband rolls his eyes at me, I still mix up образование, education and обрезание, circumcision. Embarrassing! (And now we can toss the обозрения from колесо обозрения, Ferris wheel into the fray.) Is necklace ожерелье? … Read More

The bad day survival kit

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  Если ты сегодня бьёшься как рыба об лед, if nothing is going your way today…      тогда вам надо этот пост, then you need this blog post. 🙂     Here are five more examples of someone who … Read More

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