Pushkin around the world

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The real trick to learning Russian?… it’s probably memorizing Pushkin. 🤣 Pretty much all Russian speakers know a few lines. Even dating TV shows ask contestants to recite Pushkin’s poems! Just as important as remembering his famous words, though, is … Read More

Learning Russian on Instagram

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Several months ago I saw an interesting Instagram post written by a Russian teacher. Her main point was this: following Russian teachers on Instagram is not a good way to improve your Russian. Instead, you should follow people living out … Read More

A Russian meal on Aeroflot

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We’ve said goodbye to Russia for the summer- пока!– and landed back in the US. New discovery: did you know that you can special order meals on Aeroflot for no extra cost? The standard meals are pretty good but I … Read More

Russian favorites

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New loves from the past 11 months… Best Skincare: Natura Siberica I adore these products! The local store is a calm oasis in a busy mall, the packaging is fun and descriptive, and what’s inside the bottle does exactly what … Read More

Borrowed words in Russian, part 5

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It’s time for another round of what language is that? As seen on the streets of Chelyabinsk: words like овердрафт, кэшбэк, аутсорсинг, коворкинг, инвайтинг, and минивэны have recently appeared on ads all over the city. Тhen there’s this t-shirt that … Read More

Russian groceries

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How much do groceries cost in Russia? Here’s what I paid this morning (rubles -> USD) at a local supermarket. This wasn’t quite a regular grocery trip. I just went to get cat food and, well, you know how it … Read More

The Russian food post!

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One thing I really like about Russia? The meals. Take me to any grocery store and I’m instantly happy. (Well, unless we’re standing in The Aisle of Despairing Fruit & Neglected Vegetables… then I’ll start crying.) Since moving here, my … Read More

Russian-y books

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Looking for something new to read? Here are some ideas for your reading list (or perhaps some books to avoid, haha)…   Interesting Finds at the Bookstore Not sure I want to read this book but I’ll definitely save the … Read More

St. Petersburg penpal mail!

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Mail day! 🙂 My friend from Yakutsk visited St. Petersburg and sent a big envelope full of souvenirs! I treasure everything she included and want to share the photos with you… She also included, as usual, a beautiful card written … Read More

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