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  1. What a wonderful recipe, KatrinK! I am sure, it tastes delicious! Makes me feel like going to the kitchen and making some pancakes! Oh, by the way, everyone, try pancakes with "condensed milk with sugar" = сгущенка, или сгущенное молоко. Just the way a lot of russians enjoy them. I assure you, you'll never forget the experience. Just refrain from counting calories while enjoying блины со сгущенкой! Pancakes are also delicious with caviar. There are lots of places in St. Petersburg where you can have them served that way. Till next time!
  2. Hello Everyone, Hope, all is well and you are working hard (and having fun at the same time) learning your favourite foreign language. I went to the opera today to watch the new production of Prince Igor composed by Borodin over 100 years ago. Beautiful music! Stunning performances! Well, I may be an easily excited one, so you may want to wait and see what the critics say. I thought I would refresh your memory on some theatre-related words today. After all, russians love theatre and they often invite their guests from foreign parts to join them to see a particularly interesting production.
  3. Hello Everyone! Всем привет! Как жизнь? How is it going? Hope, all is well. I was thinking about a fun way of learning Russian for you and decided to ask, if you've ever heard of Russian anecdotes. Have you? Russians love good humour, even though it is hard to tell looking at their less than friendly faces sometimes. Why aren't they smiling? Well, tell your Russian friend an anecdote, and he'll be your friend forever. But be prepared to listen to his favourite anecdotes and funny stories for a good half hour, at least. Russians love to digress. YOu can expect to hear an anecdote from a Rus
  4. Very useful post, KatrinK! Just may be to make it a little easier for those just learning the language it may be worth it to say that people do not always add "Pozhalujsta" and "izvinite" to their questions. Try saying: Который час? - Kotorij chas? = What time is it now? and be ready to hear all these "bez chetverti" = "quarter to" and "bez des'ati" = " 10 minutes to" and other weird time telling phrazez in Russian. Luckily, nowadays we all have watches of this or that kind on us: mobile phones, iPods, iPads, anything tells time now. There used to be a "time telling service" in Russia s
  5. Hello Everyone, Привет! Well, we know how to say Hello! in Russian, don't we by now? Greetings are among the first words people learn when they decide to master a foreign language, isn't that true? However, saying Good-Bye properly is no less important than saying Hello! After all, you are most likely to be remembered by the last things you say. Saying your good-byes properly is an important step in creating your image, when speaking to foreigners, trying to make friends, or just having a good time. So, just as it is with the "Hello!" you can say it more and less formally (remember "Здравс
  6. Hi, Nice list of words! One of my favourite one is: Без царя в голове - pronounced "bez tzarja v golove" - can be literally translated as "without a tzar in one's head" As if we need one in there! kidding. This is said about someone demonstrating reckless behavour, "acting first - thinking later" type of person. There surely are other similar words/short phrazes. Do you know any? I'll try to make my own list of them next time. See you!
  7. Hello Everyone! Всем привет! Have you been watching the Olympics in the past few days? I have. Could not stay away. Some say it is addicting. Did you watch the opening ceremony? It was really impressing. A hand of a Cirque de Solei director was quite obvious at times, but everything was presented with style. I would like to draw your attention to the very first minutes of the video, which opened the ceremony - the Alphabet, where every Russian letter is associated with something meaningful in the Russian history or present time. Let's see, if this will be an easy way for you to remember t
  8. Hi Everyone, Всем привет! Have you ever travelled by train? Probably - Yes. Have you ever travelled by train in Russia? That may prove to be a true adventure for s foreigner. Here are some phrases you may want to use when travelling by train in Russia. 1. You would tell a taxi driver to take you to the railway station: Мне нужно на (железнодорожный) вокзал. - I need to get to the (railway) station. 2. Once at the station, you may want to find out where to look for your train: C какой платформы отходит поезд на ...? - Which platform does the train to ... leave from? 3. There is an o
  9. Hi Hedonologist, Hope, all is well. Privetiki and Privetik are even less formal forms of "Privet!" You would hear these forms used mostly among young people, school children and students, but hardly ever said by adults and certainly never used to greet your boss. You are right, "Hi!" can be used in a variety of formal settings in English, whereas Russian "Privet!" cannot be. You would never hear it at a conference, or a meeting at the office, colleagues may greet each other with this word, but they would always say "Zdravstvyjte" to th
  10. Hello Everyone, Всем привет! Hope all is well. I have a question for you: Do you know what the word "ничего" means in Russian? The answer that springs into mind is a simple "nothing". And it is correct, as the word is most often used in the following way: Ты что-нибудь видишь? - Нет, ничего. Can you see anything? - No, I see nothing. However, the word is also used in answer to the "How is it going?" question. You would hear a similar "nothing much" in English. Quite often the word is used to calm someone (or even oneself) down. Это ничего, ничего. Все пройдет. - It's OK. It'll pass. W
  11. Привет! It would be nice to hear real stories from real people here. What makes you learn a foreign language? Do you plan/have an opportunity to use it often? Do you read? watch movies? Feel free to tell! Here is a motivation video from someone who has found his personal motivation to learn Russian and is eager to share his findings: Good luck!
  12. Всем привет! Hello Everyone! Hope, all is well and you are watching the Sochi Olympics What a grand opening ceremony it was yesterday! I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Hope, you did too. One of the interesting peculiarities of the Russian language and customs is the tradition of greeting each other. Здравствуйте! - Zdrastvujte! - people say to each other. Technically, this word means "Желаю Вам здоровья!" - zhelaju Vam zdorovja - I wish you to be healthy! - no too close to the English Hello! or Good Day!
  13. Oh, food...russian food...only when you are away and cannot get some buckwheat (гречневая каша) for dinner you start to appreciate it. I encourage all those travelling to Russia to try Russian sweats: Зефир - a little like marshmallos but tastes sooooo much better Шоколад - Chocolate is waaaay creamier and does not have traces of soy Пироги Сухари Сушки all these little pleasure will make your time!
  14. It would be very interesting to hear what are the motivations of those who come to this forum to keep learning foreign languages. Would anyone like to share his/her thoughts? Ideas? Did you know that all astronauts are required to learn Russian? Otherwise they would not understand their Russian colleagues in space. Did you see that hilarious episode in the Big Bang Theory where one of the characters goes to the ISS and has to stay there for months? Even in the recent "Gravity" movie Sandra Bullock was stuck in the Russian Space Station where all manuals were written in Russian. So, if you
  15. You are absolutely right, KatrinK! Just to note, that the letter Ѣ was not "pronounced as "-ять", but called so in an alphabet. The letter was pronounce in a number of ways (linguists have not come to a formal conclusion on what sound this letter marked) throughout the centuries before it was "dropped" in 1918 - not too long ago. Learning languages in perspective is a fascinating thing, don't you agree? Cheers! Пока!
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