Russian scavenger hunt!

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Today’s post is going to be a little bit different. This morning Elena N. and I had another skype call. It didn’t go so well. I had prepared this question…

Какая разница между___?

  • не куренная сигарета
  • не докуренная сигарета
  • не покуренная сигарета
  • не прикуренная сигарета
  • не выкуренная сигарета
  • не раскуренная сигарета

Some of those may not be real words- they were guesses- but I was really curious to hear her explain them. Her first reaction, though, was this: “Они тонкости русского языка!{insert stern look of disapproval}Tебе нужна граммтику изучать! Падежи!” (She’s right; I just spent 5 minutes trying to decide if тебе or тебя goes with нужна граммтику изучать, haha.)

Anyway, I’m feeling a little burned out on the serious stuff this afternoon, so let’s do something fun.

Let’s have a scavenger hunt for Russian stuff at home!

If you live in Russia/Ukraine/etc, this is definitely too easy for you. 😛 But if you’re learning Russian and living elsewhere, then you probably have some odds and ends in Russian around the house. What are they? How did you get them?

Here are the things I found in my home:

Tea from my sister-in-law.
Most of our fridge magnets in Russian. Two I bought (Kazan + grammar). The rest are from friends and penpals.
Package from a friend. (The one in Yakutsk!)
The magazine Еда на Ура!

This belonged to my in-laws. It’s ancient but it’s one of those “Do you remember how much that thing cost?! We can never get rid of it!” items. It now lives in the closet.
A book from my husband’s bookshelf. #НашДом(someday?)
From a hotel in Moscow, been hanging around in my travel kit for a while.
This tea is sold at import stores in the Pacific Northwest. It’s really good!
Another book from my husband’s bookshelf. I’ve always been curious about this one.
Now, it’s your turn! What kind of Russian-language things do you have at home? How did you get them?
Leave a comment below or share pictures on the Street Russian Facebook page. 🙂 I’m curious to see what you find!


PS: Is anyone up for the challenge of explaining those сигарета nuances?

2 Responses

  1. Liz
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    I love this post! I have a few Russian language items around my apartment. My favorites are my Marina Tsvetaeva coffee mug, and some make up products I bought in Russia that I am using as sparingly as possible!

    • Katherine
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      Ooooh, those sound like fun finds, Liz! When you run out of the cosmetics, you’ll have to take another trip to restock. 😉

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