Russian words #5

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Welcome to the fifth edition of Russian Words! This is an occasional series that highlights interesting vocabulary in Russian. If you’re an intermediate student of Russian and hungry for new vocab (or you don’t speak the language but you have … Read More

5 Questions for Russian Speakers

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Russian vocabulary + a famous face… can you help me figure these out? #1. What’s the difference between оливки and маслины? Are they simply green olives vs black olives? #2. What’s the difference between адвокат and юрист? #3. Why is … Read More

Borrowed words in Russian, part 6

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I read this in a fashion magazine last month: Думаешь над фэмили-луком? What, фэмили-лук? Hmmm…. A few days later I passed a store window advertising matching his-and-hers holiday sweaters with the words семейный образ. What’s the difference? How do people … Read More

New Russian words

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Here’s a list of my newest Russian vocab (and a few words I’m still trying to figure out)… ☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐ Words my students taught me ☐ круг (shape) vs шар (has volume: the Earth, a bowling ball, etc). ☐ выбросы = … 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

Mini Russian slang lesson

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Here are 4 Russian slang terms I learned recently from that entertaining and enlightening modern dictionary known as the YouTube comments section… 1. лям = one million If I understand this correctly, it’s derived from миллион → лимон → лям. … Read More

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