Russian Roundup- March 2016

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Пока, Март! Привет, Апрель!


Wait just a minute. Before you get into this post, tell me- как прошёл твой день?

If today has been a rather long day for you, here’s an idea:


On to the post!


Что нового

#1. (С подъемом и громко, обращаясь к гостям)
Я хочу выпить…
(Значительно тише, грустнее и как бы к самому себе)
Вот в общем-то и все, что я хочу.

#2. Давайте выпьем за то,
чтобы поздней ночью мы шли по улице
и на нас напали деньги!
Но мы не смогли бы от них отбиться!


3.17 Progress Report

It was a pretty good month! I had 4 small translation projects and did most of the things on my study plan.


  • Learn Russian Prefixes. Ohhhhh, my brain!! This video covered the verb ставить… and, uh, just a few prefix forms: расставить, поставить, составить, вставить, обставить, наставить, оставить, отставить, переставить, подставить, выставить, and доставить. It’s a cruel, cruel video. I watched it twice. The second time I acted out her instructions with a stack of shot glasses. It really helped the verbs sink in (and it made my husband crack up.)
  • Russian Ship Naming Conventions is a short read on Wikipedia. I’d never stopped to think about what the K in all those submarine names meant. Do you know?
Seems like an appropriate place for this.


  • I started the Живая земля course and IT IS COOL. This guy talking about catastrophic events? Count me in!!
Живая земля!


  • My husband read the book a few years ago and loved it, so I tracked down the movie «Поколение „П“» with English subs. I don’t know, you guys. It’s about a 90s man who works in advertising and does drugs. A lot of them. Of course, being Russian, there are a bajillion philosophical layers to the film. Here’s a clip of the main character talking to God, promising to hook up the Almighty with a hip TV spot. Here’s the text of an ad for The Gap in the movie: “Russia was always notorious for the gap between culture and civilization. Now there is no more culture. No more civilization. The only thing that remains is The Gap. The way they see you.” We haven’t finished the film yet.



  • Do 2 minutes a day on ANKI. Ha. More like 0 minutes a day. On the other hand, I have been spending about 1 hour a day using my phone for Russian. More on that later.
  • I’ve abandoned the Русский как иностранный course. Still planning to finish Russian Step by Step: Verbs of Motion.



4.17 Study Plan


What are your language goals for April 2017?




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  1. Lyttenburgh
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    “A quick breakdown of what’s been happening in Russia this week: 5 FAQS About Anti-corruption Protests in Russia.”

    Wow! How shy and not-by-the-lie honest of them! And to use a teaching tool for this kind of propaganda? Poor taste.

    From the article.

    “Despite the severity of the accusations, no reaction followed from government officials, and there was no coverage on state TV channels.”

    There should be? The authorities MUST react to every single accusation by anyone? The Media must report on what some On-line personalities make up, thus giving them free PR? Since when? Says who?

    “Alexey Navalny has opened local offices in several Russian cities as part of his 2018 presidential bid. These offices applied to have rallies in their respective cities and created event pages on the Russian social media website VKontakte. Several other cities followed suit and organized grassroots rallies.”

    What our shy and modest living not-by-a-lie authors of this piece fail to mention, is that dear and beloved Alexei Navalny can not possibly run for the office of the President of the RF, because he is a convicted felon. This is the law. What they also fail to mention in their article, are the promises by Navalny and his team to award 10 000 Euros via ECHR to all participatants of the unsactioned (i.e. illegal) rallies, should they will be detained.

    “This made the rallies that did not get approved unsanctioned in the eyes of some officials.”

    I’m sorry (no, I’m really not), but whose else “eyes” are of importance here? And not “some officials”, but the legitimate authorities of the Russian Federation.

    “However, the organizers maintain that the Russian constitution guarantees freedom of assembly, and no permission is required. From this point of view, organizers only need to inform the authorities of their intent to hold a rally. Article 31 of the Russian constitution says:”

    Yes, but the real life application of this article is regulated by the existing legislation, i.e. the due process of applying for a rally and what to do if the authorities under this or that pretext are denying you your wish. Is you are feeling you rights violeted – go to the courts like an adult, and not throw a tantrum like a kid.

    And kids many of them protesters were. Some even had no idea what the word “corruption” meant.

    “About the Author:Maria

    Maria is a trained Russian translator. Originally hailing from Russia, she now lives in Western New York”

    Oy, where else? After all, it was her who penned another article there “March 8 in Russia: Appreciation of Women or Sexist Holiday?”

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