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Нечего – Ничего

Если тебе нечего сказать, ничего не говори! (If you have nothing to say, don’t say anything!) You can see in this sentence that we are using […]

Russian Toponyms

В перестроечные годы в один день слово “Таллин” стало на одну букву длиннее – “Таллинн”. (During the years of the Perestroika, the word “Tallin” gained one […]

Animate/Inanimate Nouns and Accusative

Following our last article about animate/inanimate nouns in Russian, I wanted to add few things on this subject. Accusative form can have two endings, depending if […]

Animate/Inanimate Nouns with the Accusative Case

The accusative case is particular in the sense that masculine nouns have two possible endings depending if they are одушевлённые (animate) or неодушевлённые (inanimate). If they […]

Language Changes and Norms

Facts appearing in the living speech to acquire the status of norms, should necessarily answer to intra-linguistic laws, not in contradiction with the basic tendencies of […]

Russian Proverbs, Solution of our Game

As promised, it is time to give you the answers of our game from Friday. 1-Ё: Повторение – мать ученья: (Repetition is the mother of learning). […]

Guess the End of Those Russian Proverbs

Today we decided to make up a quiz for you. It’s quite simple: match the beginning of those proverbs (1-11) with their endings (А-Й). 1 Повторение […]

Live Great Russian Language Dictionary

When learning Russian, it is impossible not to refer to an explanatory dictionary. The most extensive and original one, which has no equivalent in other nations, […]

The Russian Language that We are Losing

According to an article from the “Expert” magazine, in Russia, alarming changes have appeared in our language, taking place in our national culture. The language is […]

The Equivalent of Dude in Russian

What is a dude? It’s not quite clear how a ленивый (lazy) but весёлый (cheerful) character performed by Jeff Bridges in the film “Большой Лебовски” (The […]