So here’s a really simple and interesting breakdown of the Russian alphabet from writer Peter Starr Northrop and cartoonist Ryan Estrada. Take a few minutes of your time and before you know it you’ll be confidently sounding out Russian words. It may be one of the hardest languages to learn but these practical tips here will be the … More Learn to Read Russian in 15 Minutes
10. All Russians are communists. Russia had a communist government when it became part of the Soviet Union in 1922. But it wasn’t a communist state before that and it hasn’t been since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. In fact, the Russian government was occasionally criticized in the 1990s for having too few regulations … More Some misconceptions about Russia and Russians.
I’m smart, funny, kind, handsome, successful – Ja umnyi, smeshnoi, dobryj, simpatichnyj, uspeshnyj (ja oo’mnyi, smeshno’i, do’bryi, simpatee’chnyi, uspe’shnyi; [you can add/remove adjectives after ‘Ja’ to better fit your profile/character when introducing yourself.] Self introduction in Russian, questions My name is John – Menja zovut Dzhon (mjenja’ zovu’t John); What is your name? – … More More Russian – Let’s get Introductions and Questions out of the way
Я думал только бабушки сделали это I thought only Grandmas did this Basic words and phrases YES – DA (da); Not/No – Net (nie’t); OK – Horosho (horosho’); And (preposition) – i (ee, more like in meet); But – No (no’h, not like in English word “No”, but like in nob); Of course – … More Yes, No, But, Okay, Of Course in Russian, plus a bit of humor
Бабушка нуждается в поездке Grandma needs a ride Russian salutations and saying bye Hi – Privet (prieve’t); Hello – Zdravstvuite (zdra’stvujte); Good morning – Dobroe utro (Do’braje ootra); Good afternoon – Dobryj den’ (do’brij den’) [Good afternoon among Russians are more used than among Americans, so don’t neglect using this phrase.] How are you? … More Okay, okay I’ll share a little Russian with you – And a bit of Humor too!
Life In Tunisia Few countries have been transformed in the past 18 months as much as Tunisia. TEARN (Tunisian Education And Resource Network), under the guidance of president and Global Education Conference keynoter Héla Nafti, has also transformed itself, becoming one of the first post-revolution education NGOs in the country. A pioneer of K-12 online … More Mirror Reflections – Tunisia & Russia
Life in Malaysia From the Expat Experience While Queensland is battling some of the fiercest weather I’ve ever seen, Loic is back in Singapore practicing his photography skills and enjoying cultural events. Nice for some. Here’s a few of the pics he took last weekend. The park across the road from our apartment (Fort Canning) … More Mirror Reflections – Malaysia & Russia
We Have Our Reasons Foreigners are constantly told that Russians are surprisingly, “unsmiling people”. They write about it in their blogs and guidebooks , ask about it in person , share it with their friends and acquaintances . Indeed, we smile much less of other nationalities , but as it turns out , we have … More “Sorry” there are no plastic smiles in Russia
So we were traveling down the road and all of a sudden coming from the opposite direction this appeared, I had to grab my camera quickly It’s not everyday that one can capture the true Russian inventiveness. (see earlier post on “True Russian Inventors”) The nice part is less rubber is in contact with the … More Picture of the Day – Oct. 18
“Somebody”, told me that bears don’t roam the streets of Russia. Guess what………………….. I found one. See, look nobody is even paying attention, must be commonplace. Now I have Living proof. Okay, okay conquered that one, next thing I do……….. is find a “Yeti“. Stay tuned! Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/picture-of-the-day-oct-10/ Related articles From Russia with Love – … More Picture of the Day – Oct. 11
The Temple of All Religions near Kazan, Russia. For the first time, Russian sociologists have compiled an atlas of Russia’s religions. Given the current debate on relations between the church, state and society, this atlas offers a timely and valuable look into the nature of Russian worship. Visit: http://www.kirbyholmes.me/2012/09/05/mapping-russias-religious-landscape/ Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/picture-of-the-day-sept-18/
Life in Bangladesh My family have loved Bangladesh for over 6 years now. We first came to know of it when we became friends with a family who had been living here for well over 15 years at the time. They worked at an NGO project called LAMB which primarily gives health and medical … More Mirror Reflections – Bangladesh & Russia
Thoughts about Latvians Having been told ‘Go home…snobby immigrant’ by a less than enamoured reader, I’ve decided to curl up into a foetal ball (with wine), and take a break from sharing my views on Latvia and Latvians. Instead, I thought that I’d see what other people think of them. A quick search on Google … More Mirror Reflections – Latvia & Russia
History of Pelmeni: Most historians agree that русские пельмени (Russian pelmeni) originated in Siberia and were probably named by the коми, коренной народностью Урала (Komi, a people indigenous to the Urals). In the Komi language, “pelnyan” means “bread-ear,” a reference to the food’s ear-like shape. When the word crossed into Russian, it changed a bit … More Savory Spicy Sweet: Siberian Pelmeni
What is family life like in Afghanistan? Answer: We have a very large family. I live with my parents, second mother, three brothers, two half sisters, two half brothers, and my uncle’s family and his six kids and a wife. My grandmother lives with us, too. So, we have 18 people in our home. And … More Mirror Reflections – Afghanistan & Russia
In Taiwan Xitou is located in the Phoenix hill of Lugu village, and is embraced by mountains from three sides. Its name is derived from the Chinese meaning: the origin of the river (Beishi River). Xitou has plenty of rains, and is cool and moist all the year round. Therefore, it is one of the … More Mirror Reflections – Taiwan & Russia
Moscow is the first city in the world estimated by the number of millionaires, so it proves its status of the world’s most expensive city. There are more than 40 operating fountains and 5 cascades in Peterhof, located in the suburbs of St.Petersburg. “Alexander and Natalie” located in the famous Arbat Street is the only … More More Interesting Facts about Russia
Vietnamese life is profoundly influenced by ancestor worship. Children learn at a very early age that they owe everything to their parents and their ancestors. Doing well in school and working hard honours one’s parents and the family name. Respect for parents and ancestors is extended to all elders, whose life experiences are valued. Marriage … More Mirror Reflections – Vietnam & Russia
Silence is sometimes the answer. Estonian quote When money speaks, the truth is silent. Russian Quote In all of God splendor There are moments to be silent Something to reflect on.
Once in a small Russian town, there lived a women called Babushka. Babushka always had work to do sweeping, polishing, dusting and cleaning. Her house was the best kept, most tidy house in the whole village. Her garden was beautiful and her cooking was wonderful. One evening she was busy dusting and cleaning, so busy … More The Story of Babushka
Russian cotleta is not to be confused with American cutlet. Cotleta (french cotelette) is one of Russian traditional and very much loved dishes made of ground meat. It came to Russia from Europe and initially was a deep-fried slice of meat with rib bone, but later became a ground and spiced meat patty, coated with bread crumbs and pan-fried. Since the 19th … More Russian Cotletas
Beautiful, calm, peaceful 美しい, 落ち着か, 静穏 surrounded by health, enthusiasm and energy 元気 Crazy, interesting, surprising шальной, занятный, удивительный Beautiful красивый Both are very different in many ways yet so similar, something to reflect on.
The meaning of Spokoyniy in Russian is “Calm” Waterfalls always bring a sense of peace no matter the shape or size, no matter where they flow from We should be like waterfalls no matter our shape or size we should always bring a sense of peace We should flow with living waters Something to reflect … More Mirror Reflections – Serbia & Russia
So it happened, I was finally asked the question! What question is that you might ask? Well I can share about all kinds of things about Russia, its culture, it’s mysteries, its history, quotes and the list goes on. So what is it? Food, that’s the answer. What do we eat here in Russia. What … More So what’s the Question?
1. Russian language does not include a word for ‘the’ or ‘a’ which is good because these often lead to confusion in other languages 2. Russian language uses the Cyrillic alphabet instead of the Latin and is one of the 5 most spoken languages in the world 3. The Urals are the oldest mountains in … More 10 Interesting Facts about Russia
В Ту́лу со свои́м самова́ром не е́здят Literal: Nobody goes to Tula with one’s own samovar. (Tula is famous as city where the best Russian samovars are made) When in Rome do as the Romans do.
In our world we all hail from being from somewhere, some of us call ourselves Americans, Russians, or even maybe elsewhere. Even though I was born in America I’m not sure I can call myself an American. One could claim that I’m now a Russian since I currently reside in Russia. But in the reality … More The Bridge