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 New Year’s decorations in the streets. In our little circle of 2 humans and a cat, we celebrated Thanksgiving. I followed a couple recipes from Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking and then we had a zoom brunch with family in Oregon. Photos here.
To the roundup!
The most popular takeout food in Russia this year, sorted by city.
Setting new goals for 2021? Check out these готовые чеклисты.
A quick reminder on the difference between Бегать and Бежать.
This seems like a really cool Russian book for kids.
A useful breakdown (with audio!) of how to toast in Russian.
Another good song translation / explanation from Yeah Russia, this time for IC3PEAK’s Marching.
Cool resource for listening to Russian audiobooks online. And this is also neat. (Both of these links were recommended in comments on the last Russian Roundup, спасибо большое!)
On Instagram this month:
- Stacey, an American tour guide living in St. Petersburg, Russia, just created these beautiful St. Petersburg calendars!
- I recently discovered Life in Yakutia – AMAZING photos and videos from the region, take a look.
- У меня на душе кошки скребут – do you know what this means?
- 2020 Russian words of the year.
- Важная шишка: this idiom makes me 🤣🤣🤣.
- Great explanation of the hats of Russia.
- TIL that the USSR once taxed couples without children.
- A short list of podcasts for Russian learners.
- Роспотребнадзор had an interesting post on (my beloved!!) чага having possible anti-viral properties, especially against covid-19. Looks like companies are already cashing in on that possibility-
We’re now in full snow season here. There was last month’s метель and then a few more days of tiny but relentless snowflakes. According to the news, it’s a bit colder than usual for the end of November, 10F / -12C during the day and a little chillier at night. Parents have switched over to winter strollers with insulated seating and sled tracks for snow.
What is one thing you did this month to improve your Russian? What are your language goals for December? How will you stay motivated to study in this final month of 2020? Leave me a comment below!