Russian Word a Day

Word of the day, complete with examples and anecdotes for my experiences learning Russian.

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 Word of the Day: Стихи-poems

I love poetry.  I especially have a special love for Russian poetry because 1) it’s brilliant and 2) that’s partly how I taught myself Russian was by studying and memorizing Russian poetry.  And since it’s the season of love I… Continue Reading →

Word from the Russian Headlines: Балетмайстер

Балетмайстер- ballet master Americans, quick! Name a famous American ballerina or ballerinist(a male ballerina?)! Hurry! Anna Pavlova…..? Nope, she’s Russian. George Balanchine…..? Nope, also Russian (technically Georgian).   Come on, a famous American ballet dancer, I know you can do… Continue Reading →

Russian Headline of the Day-Дед Хасан

I’m not big into mafia news so I’ll just summarize here. A famous mob boss, known as Дед Хасан, shot down by a sniper outside a restaurant in Moscow last week. Okay, so there’s that. The scandal really started when… Continue Reading →

Russian Headline of the Day: Крещение

In the West news stations love to show videos of ‘crazy Russians’ swimming in icy water. “Oh they’re probably drunk”  or “well, Russians are half polar bear” are some of the explanations we come up with to try and understand… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: преданность-loyalty

One word that is often associated with dogs is преданность. So today’s article is one I stumbled upon back in October and emailed it to my dog-lover friend.  I don’t consider myself one of those people who just gush over… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Дворняга-mutt

Even though I’m not necessarily much of a dog-lover I have designated this week собачья неделя “Dog week”.  The stray dogs in Moscow are very interesting creatures and the fact that they are allowed to coexist with humans and multiply… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Собачий-Dog

You might be thinking, “What on earth does an adjective form of the word dog have to do with anything?”  And when I tell you that this week is going to be dedicated to words associated with dogs, you’re going… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: бездетность-Childlessness

I couldn’t resist posting about these interesting articles I’ve been reading on the internet about a new tax hike that has been proposed in Russia: “Церковь предлагает ввести налог на бездетность в России” “The church proposes instating a tax for… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Православный-Orthodox

A line in the Facebook Newsfeed from Новая Газета reads: “Кто сегодня не выспался, тот православный.” Which means literally “He who didn’t get enough sleep today, is orthodox”. Why would an Orthodox person be under-rested today?  Because yesterday was православное… Continue Reading →

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