Russian Language

Fun little facts for anyone who is studying the language

Russian Word of the Day: Выкуп-ransom

Выкуп-vykup The root of this word is куп meaning ‘buy’, add the prefix ‘вы’ which means ‘out of’ and it means kind of like ‘to buy out’.  But here it means ‘ransom’. For those of you who are just tuning… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Пропасть-to be lost/go missing

пропасть-prapast’ It was all the news stories about the disappearance of Dasha Popova that inspired this week’s theme for words of the day. But I always encountered this word while living in Moscow. In December I was getting ready to… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: похититель-kidnapper

похититель-pakhitityel’ And to avoid any accusations about gender discrimination: похитительница-a female kidnapper Today I read in Komsomolskaya Pravda (the newspaper) that “В Ростове в СИЗО покончил с собой похититель 9-летней Даши Поповой” “In Rostov the kidnapper of 9-year old Dasha… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: взятка-bribe

Взятка-vzyatka Comes from the verb вязть-to take There’s a saying, “В России всё можно” (In Russia everything is possible) about how you can scoot your way around all sorts of laws.  This you can typically do with the help of… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Гаишник-Traffic cop

Гаишник-gaishnik-traffic cop (slang) I never drove when I lived in Moscow so I never really had any encounters with гаишники.  But I was looking for an article about взятки (bribes) and came across this article in Komsomolskaya Pravda: “Гаишники научились… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Наесться-to be full, to eat one’s fill

Наесться- nayest’sya Я наелся (for males)/наелась(for females)- ya nayelsya/ naelas’ When you see the prefix “HA” plus the reflexive ending “ся” it has the meaning of to have one’s fill of something.  Add it to the word есть which means to eat… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Свеча -candle, suppository

свеча-svyechА  свечка-svYEchka (the ‘k’ makes it diminutive) I’ve long known the word свеча or свечка as candle but the second meaning I learned last fall while in Kiev. My friend Katya works as a pediatrician in Kiev.  Her little boy,… Continue Reading →

Russian Word a Day: затеять -to venture or undertake

I thought this was a very appropriate word to describe this new затея or undertaking that I thought up for this blog. You see, I recently started learning Farsi because I’ve always had a fascination with Iranian culture and since we had… Continue Reading →

Russian through Music: Mumiy Troll

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I taught myself Russian in a very unconventional way.  One of the things that really helped me with vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation was listening to and memorizing music.  I had been just listening… Continue Reading →

Learning Russian Through Music: Kino

For my materials development class I had to come up with a little series of language learning materials.  Since I taught myself Russian almost entirely through learning songs and poems I thought it would be fun to do a little… Continue Reading →

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