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Favorite Place in Saint Petersburg: Anna Akhmatova Monument

So this summer I had the opportunity to take my husband and my parents to Russia and Ukraine to see my favorite places on earth and meet all of my friends from those places. I’m only now getting around to… Continue Reading →

Всё хорошо, что хорошо кончается: My OPI results

You might have read my previous post about my experience taking the OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) in Russian. It’s an official test administered by ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Taking the OPI in Russian (read about how… Continue Reading →

Victory! Слава героям!

Hooray! Today is the day I get to write a happy post! I love Victory Day. I love those sweet old WWII veterans that walk around Moscow carrying flowers and getting kissed on the cheek by pretty young girls.  If… Continue Reading →

The Faces of the War

It’s easy for us (especially in America) to think of war as something that happens far away with tanks and soldiers. But for Europeans, and specifically the Soviets during World War II, it was by no means something that was… Continue Reading →

Celebrating Victory-День победы

Victory day was one of my most favorite days in Russia. It is celebrated on May 9th but I thought I’d do a couple of posts remembering World War II leading up to the actual holiday, to help you better… Continue Reading →

Taking the OPI in Russian

So, I am now a Master of Arts. I have my Master’s degree and I’ve already got a teaching job lined up for the fall, so I was feeling good. Then I took the OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) in Russian…. Continue Reading →

Russian Song of the Day: Это по любви–Мумий Тролль

Several years ago I posted about my like for Mummy Troll, and I how I attended their concert here in my city a couple of years ago. Well, it was my friend Pasha who introduced me to their music. He… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Фамильярность-familiarity

What more unromantic word than ‘familiarity’? Ugh. Right? WRONG!!! Two of my MOST favorite poems in Russian play upon the concepts of formality and familiarity in Russian. First to fully appreciate these poems you have to understand some things about… Continue Reading →

Russian Tidbit-More of New Year’s Presents in Soviet Times

Reminiscing about Soviet times has kind of become hip now in Russia, maybe because they feel safely removed enough from it now.  One popular TV show is called “Восьмидесятые” “The Eighties” and is kind of a fond and humorous look… Continue Reading →

Russian Tidbit of the Day: New Year’s Presents in Soviet Times

So after reading yesterday’s article about what kinds of things kids are asking Dyed Moroz for these days I began to wonder what kids during Soviet times asked for.  Were their expectations just as high? And how on earth did… Continue Reading →

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