In just a few days, classes will start in the summer Russian Language program at Nizhny Novgorod!! You can read more about it here. I’ll try to blog a few times during July with new words and funny stories. In the meantime, here are twelve interesting resources for your language studies-
4 Videos to Watch
This is a great comedy sketch about a Russian restaurant opening in the US. (Кабанинина was stuck in my head for days! And it’s not even a real word! The word is кабанятина, from кабан, wild boar.)
Here’s a short comedy sketch about a Russian family in the US.
Pick up a few new words from this video about how men dance.
And there’s no Russian here, but Vladimir Putin… speaking English.
4 Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
Make small talk in Russian with these 30 phrases (but yikes, Мы и представить не могли более приятного дня, не права ли? sounds much less lame in English).
Since learning a new language sometimes makes us feel like small children, check out what these small children think about Russian words.
Maybe I shared this here already, but it’s such a good word. Do you know about тоска?
And finally, when you’re not even sure what you want to learn, try browsing this online open dictionary. (Bonus: it declines nouns, ура!)
4 Links for Fun
Find out your psychological age via этот короткий тест.
Русские говорят по-английски. Or not.
A day-in-the-life vlog from Yekaterinburg, Russia.
If you know someone who is just starting out in Russian, here’s a cute game for telling time.
I have two posts to share with you in the next few weeks- one on memes, one on borrowed words- and hopefully a few random check-ins from Nizhny. I’m not doing much to prepare for the language classes there, but we’ll get 15 hours a week of language instruction, plus lectures and excursions. The only prep work I’ve done is to skim through this little phrasebook and enter new words into ANKI. I probably put more time into deciding what shoes to bring. 😉 It’s Russia, after all, so it’s high heel time again!