Russian Roundup – February 2021
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Привет from Chelyabinsk! Today is the last day of winter in Russia… although it’ll probably still look like this outside tomorrow. This month we tried something new: a Virtual Vodka excursion to St. Petersburg. When covid started keeping everyone at … Read More

Russian Roundup – January 2021
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January in Chelyabinsk: Maybe it’s the cold temperatures. maybe it’s the covid situation, but I think I spent most of January indoors on zoom. The good news: a lot of it was in Russian! Two hours a week of Chinese … Read More

Russian Roundup – December 2020
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Поздравляю вас с наступающим Новым годом! This month I listened to a Товарищ иностранец podcast about fashion and watched the first episode of the реалити-шоу «Разведёнки». I learned the meaning of the word рыгаловка. Thankfully, not from personal experience! (Hint: … Read More

Russian Roundup – November 2020
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It’s Black Friday time in Russia…. which means stores are advertising a variety of colorful sales. There’s Чёрная пятница. There’s Белая пятница. There’s even Золотая Пятница! The country also celebrated Mother’s Day (Sunday, Nov 29th) and has started hanging up … Read More

Russian Roundup – October 2020
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This month my husband and I watched an episode of Лучше, чем люди, a popular TV show about motherhood, robots, and bitter divorce. The verdict? Eh, that first episode was enough. Also, we finally saw the Disney film Последний богатырь. … Read More

Russian Roundup – September 2020
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Привет! This month I watched a fun movie called Самая обаятельная и привлекательная. It’s from 1985 so it doesn’t feel quite as dated as other Soviet films. The plot centers around a young office worker trying to snag a husband. … Read More

Russian Roundup – August 2020
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To the roundup! Что прочитать summer on the taiga modern Russian novels: what to read как сакзать: to block out a thought/noise? как сакзать: to be smitten with someone? как сакзать: finders keepers losers weepers? скороговорки на букву Л / … Read More

Russian Roundup – July 2020
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This month: I went to the eye doctor for an exam + new lenses. This guide – Очки и окулисты – Glasses and Eye Doctors – was super helpful. Whyyyy is charcoal ice cream a thing? Note to self: do … Read More

Russian Roundup – June 2020
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This month we watched a 2019 sci-fi war movie called Аванпост and one episode of a Ukrainian comedy called Однажды в Одессе. I started meeting weekly with a Russian tutor on italki and ordered a new Russian day planner. And … Read More

Russian Roundup – May 2020
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Two days until summer! The parks reopened last Sunday and now we’re allowed outside for walks and exercise. Tbh, there were plenty of people doing it before but now there isn’t a risk of getting fined. The new thing: masks. … Read More

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