Russian Roundup- April 2016

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This is totally crazy, but I’m trying to get a visa to study in a Russian language school this summer. If all goes well, I’ll share more about it here. In the meantime, it’s been delightful to get reacquainted with a certain attitude towards customer service. ๐Ÿ˜‰



And so, I have just five interesting finds to share with you this month. Enjoy!


One song in Russian.


One video of Putin giving John Kerry a hard time.


One vacation hotspot.


One trailer for a new movie.


And one song in English.



What’s on your plate right now?

Do you have any language study goals or plans coming up for the summer?

6 Responses

  1. J.T.
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    “This is totally crazy, but Iโ€™m trying to get a visa to study in a Russian language school this summer.”
    It’s not crazy, you’re luckyyyyy! I’d really like to study at St.Petersburg State University, but Russia seems to be off limits to me at the moment.
    My language study goal for the summer is to increase my operational Russian vocabulary to 4,700 words.

    • Katherine
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      Lucky if it all works out ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the meantime, I’m just hopeful. St. Petersburg would be amazing! I’ve had a couple of Russian teachers from there and they were always non-stop “St. P is the best city on the planet. Period.” I hope you find a way to take your studies over there, J.T.!

      How do you measure your vocabulary? How will you know when you’ve reached 4,700 words? That’s a good, concrete goal, I like it.

      • J.T.

        I use Morpheem, but I also have created my own personal spreadsheet of words that I use to keep track of vocab. I used to keep vocab in a booklet, but after a while my hands got tired. With the spreadsheet, it is much easier to manage my progress. If I can remember the definition of the word, I check one box. If I can translate a sentence with the word in it, I check another box. If I can make my own grammatically correct sentence with the word in it, I check another box. Rinse and repeat in clusters of 50 every week or so.

      • Katherine

        Your consistency is inspiring! I just have a collection of half-filled-notebooks stashed in different drawers :p

  2. Richardlanguage
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    At lest they said “please” don’t complain ๐Ÿ™‚

    My family is going to Spain this summer. I’ll practice my Spanish, but getting them working on their Spanish is even more important!

    • Katherine
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      Haha, yep! That’s a step in the right direction.

      How cool that you guys are headed to Spain this summer!!! What a wonderful learning opportunity! And the food…. mmmm….

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