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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: Катюша

My first introduction to this song was at the sweet little slapdash dinner that my Russian host-grandmother had thrown together for me when she found out it was my 20th birthday.  She invited her son, his wife and daughter as… Continue Reading →

Russian Song of the Day: Троллейбус-Кино

The first Russian music I ever heard was Kino, and I adored it immediately. See, Russian music has a very special place in my heart because it was what I used to teach myself Russian. I would find songs on… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Защита-defense

I didn’t have time to write a good post today. Please forgive me.  But I promise I have a good reason.  Today is the day of my защита.  I’m defending my Master’s Thesis today! Wish me luck! This is what… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: хот доги-Hot Dogs

I promised this week would be devoted to stories about ‘dogs’.  Well today’s story is actually one of my most favorite stories regarding the stray dogs of Moscow and one that especially increased my respect for them. There are little… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Куча-pile

I thought this was an appropriate word to describe why and I haven’t blogged and will not be blogging until after Christmas.  And that reason is because у меня куча дел (lit. I have a pile of affairs, or I… Continue Reading →

RUSSIAN Carols of the Day

Many of you know how much I love Ukraine and I tend to get carried away in my recently discovered love of Ukraine.  And that’s okay.  But I realize most people come to this site looking for information about RUSSIA…. Continue Reading →

Christmas Carol of the Day: Спи Ісусе спи

So yesterday we talked about “Christmas” carols and gave special attention to  the Ukrainian shchedrik that we in the west know as “Carol of the Bells”.  It’s such a pity that we don’t know more of these little Ukrainian carols…. Continue Reading →

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