Happy end-of-September! 🙂
This month I worked on two consistent habits in the name of Russian studies.
The first: speaking Russian every day with my husband. Most days it’s a tiny interaction, but once we kept up a conversation while walking for about 45 minutes.
The second (and I know this is so silly): have you ever noticed how Russian speakers say up-chee when they sneeze? I have allergies, so I decided to switch my sneezes to Russian instead of the usual ah-choo. D laughs and laughs when I manage to do it. Still feels weird, though. Have you ever tried to чихать по-русски? (Don’t even get me started on Как чихают животные.)
To the сводка новостей! (That was one of my new words this month- it means news roundup. This is the seventeenth monthly Russian roundup and I only just learned the word, haha.)
- This is from 2014, but even I learned some новые слова в английском языке from this article. Cyberchondriac and floordrobe are awesome :p
- From Proper Russian’s FB page: what to say in Russian when someone keeps asking you annoying questions.
- This travel blogger recently wrote about her trip to Moscow & St. Pete’s: Are Russians racist towards black people? My experience.
- Test yourself on Russian idioms. It’s quite tricky!
- Get some grammar in today: Хотите чай, чая, or чаю?
Русский язык в американских фильмах. Whenever someone speaks Russian in a movie, my mom always asks me “Did s/he say it right?” In most of these movie clips- нет.
Philochko on Russian news. If you haven’t found Philochko on YouTube yet, he was an American English teacher living in / traveling through Russia who attracted a lot of attention for his videos. (He’s still in Russia but has since dropped teaching and calls himself a “phat ass white girl modal manager”.)
Anastasia Semina has a collection of conversational Russian vlogs, including recent interviews with a travel blogger, Italian chef, and a podcaster.
Back to Basics:
When your brain is fried and needs a break, try a couple of these videos for babies. There are 53 videos in total, covering simple things like colors, dog breeds, and furniture.
Also, on a more personal note, this month I wrote about speaking Russian in Portland, Oregon and shared pics of my newest matryoshka gear. What’s been happening in your life and language studies this month?
Happy October! 😀