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  1. It is obviously, that when you decide to travel to Russia, you will need to know well vocabulary for various bank and currency services. From this post you will learn basic topical vocabulary and it will help you to regulate any financial issue with bank managers. Let ‘s start with words and expressions: Валюта – Valûta – currency Монета - Moneta - coin Наличка (наличные деньги) – Nalička (naličnye den´gi) – cash Занимать (кому-то) - Zanimat´ (komu-to) - lend Занимать (у кого-то) - Zanimat´ (u kogo-to) - borrow Пункты обмена валюты – Punkty obmena valûty – exchange facilities Банкоматы
  2. Ukrainian is from Eastern Slavonic group of languages. It is really closely related to Belarusian, Russian and Polish. This language is spoken not only in Ukraine but also partially in Russia, Hungary, Georgia, Slovakia, Moldova and some other countries. Surely, the best place to learn Ukrainian language is Ukraine, but if you do not have such opportunity, you can check this section for new threads. Here I will post grammar rules, peculiarities of pronunciation and useful vocabulary. By the way, if you are polyglot and want to know as many languages as it is only possible, so here is perfect
  3. Hello! In this post I will write about role of parenthetical words in Russian language. Actually, these words are very helpful in any language. Using them, you can make your speech more fluent. Parenthetical words in Russian language are marked off by commas. In general, there is a special classification of parenthetical words. So all parenthetical words, or sometimes they are called linking words, can be divided into six main groups. So let us review them: 1. Parenthetical words expressing feelings of speaker, like happiness, astonishment, regret and so on. К счастью – K sčast´û – Fortun
  4. Traditionally Pancake week is a beautiful festival before the Lent. This week in Russia is called Масленица - Maslenica. People celebrate this holiday making pancakes with jam, honey and different stuffing. Pancakes are yellow and have round form, so they symbolize the Sun. In this way people say goodbye to winter and meet spring. During the whole week people play games and visit friends, family. On Sunday – the last day of Maslenica, people make an effigy from straw and burn it. Large crowds of people gather together to have competitions, dance win prizes and certainly c
  5. If one day you decide to visit Russia, so you will need at least basic lexis for public transport. The capital of Russia is Moscow – a city with the heaviest traffic. In addition to it Moscow is very beautiful place and there are lots of sightseeing places which are worth visiting. But how to travel inside of this large mega polis? Well, you can hire a car or pay for the taxi. However, the last one will be too costly. Are there any alternatives? Yes, of course. We have many available options of public transport. In Moscow you can travel by tram, trolleybus, bus and underground. The fee for u
  6. Hello! It is a well-known fact, that foreign language is easy to forget without constant practice. Did you have long pauses in using foreign language? Possibly, someone can share own experience … There are many methods how to learn foreign languages. One of them is reading popular newspapers. For instance, when I studied English, I read the Forbes, the Economist and The New York Times of course. Also, bbc channel was very useful. Now, I can say that content from the New York Times and the Forbes was much easier to understand comparing to the Economist. What about learning German?
  7. Hello! I prepared some Russian phrases for you. Their meaning and definition will be useful if you want to understand peculiarities of Russian culture. Thus, communicating with Russian people, you will not have misunderstanding. Самовар - Samovar Here is the illustration of Samovar: It was used for making tea. Nowadays, we do not make tea in Samovar. Трудовая книжка - Trudovaâ knižka – Employment record book. This is a small book with employment records, such as position, company’s name, dates of employment and so on. Every citizen, who wants to work legally, should have this docum
  8. When learning any language, people also have to learn culture of the country. International communication will be easy if to know well about customs, traditions, Holidays and main historical events. In this article I offer you to review list of main holidays in Russia. We have official and not official holidays. During national holidays people do not work. On 31st of December we celebrate New Year. It is a national holiday and after this day people rest at home, visit friends and relatives. Actually we have a New Year week holidays. С Новым Годом! S Novym Godom! Happy New Year! Дед Мороз и
  9. How do you think, is asking time actual today or not? I mean, worth it learning or not? How often do you ask the time or answer people when they ask you? On the one hand learning how to ask time in Russian (or any other language) may seem useless or at least not very important. Because every person today has a cell phone or a tablet with digital clock on it. On the other hand, mobile gadgets can be lost, stolen, or simply a battery can be low. So having a cell phone is not a warranty at all. You can always wear watch, but what if a person on the street will ask you about the time? You should
  10. Hello! I think that this post will be very helpful for beginners. Agree, that studying any foreign language, you should know how to say calendar terms, like days of the week, months, and year. These words and expressions are used very often. When we want to say about an event, that is going to happen or has already happened. It will not be too difficult, everything you need is to memorize given words and understand cases declension (from grammar). Review and learn by heart Russian days of the week: Понедельник - Ponedel´nik -Monday Вторник - Vtornik – Tuesday Среда – Sreda – Wednesday Ч
  11. Today I am going to give you a short grammar lesson. In this thread you will learn everything about the correct usages of adjectives in the Russian language. So let’s start with a definition. Adjectives are a part of speech, describing the noun. If you can apply one of the following questions, so the word is an adjective. (What kind is it? How many are there? Which one is it? ) The main grammar categories of adjectives is number, gender and case. On top of that, adjectives have degrees of comparison. Russian adjectives have own peculiarity comparing with other parts of speech. We have two for
  12. Hello! Possibly, I am late with answer and this issue is not actual for you, but I will try to help. Actually, it depends on the level of your Ukrainian. If you know basic words, common phrases and use appropriate word order in a sentence, so I think that poor pronunciation will not be a huge problem between you and Ukrainians. But just in case I offer you to find somebody from Ukraine and try to talk in the Skype. This way, you can take part in a language exchange, thus your free time and time of your partner will not be wasted. By the way, where are from? What is your native language? T
  13. Yes, it is absolutely, true. Russian and Ukrainian languages are very common. Possibly the main reason for it is historical origins. The point is Old Russian was a base for both languages, so today we have two independent modern languages, but knowing one of them, you will understand the second. Below I will give some examples. In Russia people do not speak Ukrainian, but in Ukraine the situation is completely opposite. For example, in the West all people speak Ukrainian in everyday life. In the East and South of Ukraine quite many people prefer to communicate in Russian, but use Ukrainian as
  14. Are you planning a business trip to Russia? Or possibly your business partners from Russia want to visist you? Do you know Russian language? If you can not speak Russian language, it would be reasonable to hire an interpreter for the business meeting. But even though you have to learn several phrases and take part in discussion. Also, you will need some business terms. This is a short lesson with necessary business words and phrases. Let us begin with phrases, that can be used during business conference or discussion. Мне бы хотелось спросить вас … Mne by hotelos´ sprosit´ vas I would li
  15. The 22nd Winter Olympic Games were planned to take place in Sochi, Russia. Finally, it is February and the whole world can watch online translation. This winter games are scheduled on 7- 23 February, so you have time keep a close watch on Olympics. As the host city is Russia, so some Russian phrases may become very helpful to you. It even does not matter where you are now in Sochi or at home. At any rate it is a nice opportunity to demonstrate Russian language skills and learn new words. There is also interesting fact about financing of Olympic Games. The budget for the games is about $50 m
  16. Hello! Russian language is very rich for various words and expressions. So saying color names is not an exception. The point besides of standard color names we have two or more words for the same color. On top of that, in Russian language you can often hear distinguishing between colors. We specify colors by shades and tones. For example, in English blue means blue, but in Russian language we differentiate between light and dark. Красный - Red - Krasnyj Розовый – Pink - Rozovyj Алый – Scarlet - Alyj Малиновый – Raspberry - Malinovyj Оранжевый – Orange - Oranževyj Зеленый – Green - Ze
  17. When learning foreign language, it is important to understand mentality of people and even history of some words. In this post I want to offer definition of some Russian words, which possibly do not have equivalents in other languages. If you hear a word, but can not understand its meaning, try to guess it from the context or even grammar structure. I have selected just some words, which are typical for Russian language. So review meaning of “Russian” words. Авось (Avos´) – used as parenthetical word. Can be translated like “Maybe”. Definition: Hope for something. Example: Авось не опозда
  18. Contextual dialogs are often used on various courses, because it is the most effective method to memorize common words and phrases. Dialogs can be learned by heart. It is like a basic structure. If you memorize a dialog, then you may insert different words in it, depending upon the situation. I want you to offer such scenario: First of all, you read and translate unknown words, check pronunciation (for this I will give Romaic transliteration). It would be excellent if somebody could help you with a dialog. If you have such person, so ask him or her to take any role. Nobody wants to study Ru
  19. Hello! I absolutely agree with you that, language of community, where a child is actually raised leaves a great impact. And sometimes learning Russian becomes too complicated for small creatures… But who knows, if to study early, everything is possible. However, it also depends upon parents. Teaching children Russian outside of Russia needs enormous efforts and much free time. In my opinion, still there are many Russian immigrants, who want their children to speak Russian and understand it. Most of families have grandparents in Russia – so I think it is the main reason to teach children R
  20. Hello everyone! Yes, it is definitely, that in English we use capital letters more than in Russian or French. But in German, for example capitalization is also important, because all nouns are capitalized. So it is a grammar aspect. Also, personal pronoun Sie is capitalized in German language. It is interesting fact that in German colors can be written with both lowercase and uppercase. In some situations colors can be as a noun or as an adjective. By the way, in English compass directions as “North”, “South”, “East”, “West” – should be written with capital letter. But in actual fact,
  21. Hi! Learning any language is always funny process, because along with rules we learn habits and history of nation. In our days, in Old Church Slavonic language this letter is still used. Indeed, there are many interesting facts about Russian alphabet. According to certain sources, there were 43 letters. During many centuries there were transformations with Russian alphabet. Some letters were added and some were removed. I think that modern Russian citizens, when they see Old Slavonic letters become enormously happy to have just 33 letters. Actually, we have 33 letters thanks to the l
  22. Hello russian pianist! Thanks again for your opinion! Motivation for people can be really diverse. For some people learning languages is some kind of a hobby. So why not to learn Russian? The more challenging the language, the more satisfaction you get when speak fluently!
  23. Upper case and lower case letters in Russian are not the same like in English. Orthography and punctuation are things easy to understand. However, there are some differences in capitalization if to compare Russian and English language. So, let us review them together. In Russian language we don’t capitalize the following: 1. Names of months, days and weeks Monday – понедельник (ponedel´nikjhgfd) September – сентябрь (sentâbr´) 2. If a word is derived from proper name or adjective, so we also write it with lower case. For example, Italian restaurant – итальянский ресторан (ital´ânskij rest
  24. When parents raise bilingual children, they have many questions, especially when second language is Russian. If you do not live in Russia, but want your kid to know this language, so you are in a right thread. Russian language is not very easy to learn even for adults, therefore teaching children needs special approach. Small children will not drill new words, or learn by heart various rules. That is why do not offer your child too complicated material. Otherwise, he or she will refuse from learning at all. The best and the most effective way to interest any kid is to offer games, rhymes, funn
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