20 Interesting Facts about Russian

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I recently dug up a bunch of papers from summer school in Nizhny Novgorod. One page was a double-sided list titled 20 занимательных фактов о русском языке (20 interesting facts about the Russian language) that our teacher handed out during class … Read More

Job ideas for Russian speakers

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Do you dream of speaking Russian at work someday? Here are 10 ideas to start your job search!   1. AATSEEL American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages Sample job: Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, University of Pittsburgh … Read More

Souvenirs

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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

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

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