Russian Roundup – July 2021

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Summer in Chelyabinsk.

Summer is high season for children’s camps in Russia. Although I don’t usually work with young kids, I couldn’t escape it this time. 😂 To be fair, they were adorable. And I quickly realized that if I worked more often with little kids, my Russian would improve at lightning speed. The only thing they probably learned from me was “Let’s go!” but I sure learned a lot from them.

To the roundup!

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5 vegetarian Georgian foods to try: khachapuri, lobio, khinkali, lobiani, and elarji.

Golden Ring Part 3: Rostov to Yaroslavl via Uglich and Rybinsk.

Learn Russian through stories: graded stories with audio.

New Girl on the Bloc: a great resource for learning Russian + traveling the CIS!

This blog (now dormant) has lots of interesting and historical posts on Central Asian men: “From the Black Sea to Kamchatka, from the Kara Sea to Himalaya, this is a gallery celebrating the rugged charm of the men from the steppes, mountains, deserts and taigas.”

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One camp afternoon, we visited the local children’s library. The librarian showed us this cute cartoon about Evenki legends:

This Russian vlogger got a free spot on what’s usually a $40,000 USD(!!) cruise, aboard a nuclear-powered icebreaker.😳 The cruise left from Murmansk and passed by Земля Франца-Иосифа on its way to the North Pole. It’s a long video but an incredible trip!

If you follow Russian pop culture, you probably recognize this face by now 😆 Love him or hate him, this rapper has become super popular lately:

A friend recommended her favorite 90s movie to me. It’s about a long-suffering woman who is courted by a новый русский for her prestigious last name. The movie wasn’t my cup of tea, but it was a good peek at life in the 90s. (By the way, I really enjoyed another melodrama: Только не Отпускай Меня.)

What to do if your travel plans take you to Dnipro! 🙂

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Gazprom / St Petersburg humor.

What a great idea! A Russian visual dictionary, updated regularly.

Covid-related signs here in Chelyabinsk, 2021 edition.

I heard this cool band in the park recently, playing several traditional Russian instruments.

A few more photos of Chelyabinsk summer:

What is something you read / watched / did this month to improve your Russian?

What are your language goals for August?

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