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Russian Word of the Day: Мрак-gloom

The pleasant weather of golden autumn is slowly turning to the dark chill of winter and I thought I would dedicate this week’s posts to vocabulary associated with some of the woes of winter. So yesterday we discussed Daylight Savings… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: мазь-ointment

This week I’m dedicating my post to memories of my dear friend Boris(I couldn’t pronounce Borya when I met him very well so I just gave him the nickname Booya). In the previous post I wrote about the week we… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Откладывать-put away, postpone

ОтклАдывать-atklAdyvat’ This weeks theme, just to remind, is words of the same root.  So today we take our ‘put’ verb, класть and give it a prefix and we get a new meaning. от-off, клад-put Being a language nerd, I get… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: подкладывать-to put under

Подкладывать-padklAdyvat’ This week’s theme of the week has been однокоренные слова (words from the same root). The root of the week is -klad- meaning placement. Под=under and клад=to put. This word has a couple of meanings. The first is the… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Закладывать-to stuff/pile up

Закладывать-imperfective(perfective: заложить)- zakladyvat’ This week’s theme is однокоренные слова (Words of the same root). What better and more widespread verb to choose than the universally relevant verb ‘to put’, from the root -klad- meaning ‘placement’ Закладывать can have several different… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: клад-treasure

клад-klad The theme of this week’s posts is однокоренные слова (words of the same root). We’ll start with a root that you see everywhere in Russian -klad-, meaning ‘placement’. Клад is both the root and a noun based on that… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Пися-pee pee

ПИся-pisya This word, depending on the context, could be vulgar.  But it is usually the word parents use for little kids’ private parts. I was so excited when I learned this word! I have two kids and sometimes I like… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Морда-mug/snout

МОрда-mOrda This week’s theme is fun words for body parts. None of the words are vulgar.  You can find those carved into the walls of Metro cars. Some of the words featured this week can have a more harsh meaning…. Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Лапы-paws

Лапа (singular)  lapa Лапы (plural)  lapy Лапочка (diminutive)   lapochka The theme of this week is fun words for various body parts. One of the most common ways that you will hear this word is in the diminutive form, “Лапочка”…. Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day: Башка-head, noggin

Башка-bashka (from Turkish/Tatar origin) I decided to dedicate this week to fun words for various body parts. One of my friends taught me that is was funny to say “башка болит” when I had a headache.  So I went around… Continue Reading →

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