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Effective Learning of the Russian Verbal Aspect Based on Novel Methods: Yukihide Hashimoto

Probably the best explanation of the verbal aspect in Russian with detailed analysis of various tenses and really novel methods. I would strongly recommend this book to everybody who struggles with this grammatical peculiarity of Russian.

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Proper Russian: Google Translate: Cheating Or Learning?

The traditional way of practicing in writing is: you think of some idea, then open a dictionary (expanding your vocabulary), find the necessary words and try to connect those words (learning and comprehending grammar rules) so that you can get an intelligible sentence. Does it work the same way when a student uses Google Translate instead of doing all the work on his or her own? Read more here.

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Who the fuck named the Sahara Desert anyway

Sahara is just the Arabic word for “deserts”

You fucking named it the Desert Desert

way to fucking go

chai tea

I’ll take “European Imperialists Who Never Bothered To Translate The Local Languages” for $200, Alex.

"Soviet" means "union"
The Union Union

We’re good at this.

naan bread

maki roll

With all respect, Soviet (совет) means council or advice. Union is Союз. Councils or советы were elected representatives of the people’s will.

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Russian Popular Phrases

Russians like quotations from famous poems. To understand a speech of an average well-educated Russian, you have to recognize the most popular catch-phrases. I’m going to post some examples here, so you can support a nice conversation with smart Russian people.

На свете счастья нет,
Но есть покой и воля.

(literal translations: There’s no happiness in this world, but peace and freedom). Alexander Pushkin.

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Memrise - Learn something new everyday

In case you haven’t heard about this service yet: Memrise - a community-driven learning tool that is good for building new vocabulary. Features:

  • Spaced repetition approach, i.e. you repeat words exactly when you start forgetting them
  • Bright, vivid pictures to facilitate memorizing new words
  • You can choose the course you like and need most
  • You can create your own courses and mems.

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Parts of Speech: Noun

According to Russian grammar books, noun is everything that may answer the question who? or what? Nouns may mean anything, but they represent everything as a thing, a subject, or an object. It is unreliable to identify a part of speech by its meaning or its function in a sentence. The most reliable way is to check its grammar characteristics. Grammatically speaking, Russian nouns have gender (they can not change gender, unlike adjectives), number and case. If a part of a speech has these three attributes (gender, number, case), it is a noun.


  • дом (a house) - a thing
  • Китай (China) - a country, a proper noun
  • чернота (darkness, blackness) - a colour (represented as an abstract concept)
  • бег (a run) - an action, represented as an object/subject
  • прохлада (coolness) - a state of being cool, a quality
  • юность (youth) - an abstract concept

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