100 Popular Russian Idioms and How to Use Them

Idioms are phrases that typically present a figurative, non-literal meaning attached to them. In this post I gathered 100 popular Russian idioms every learner should know. Белая ворона Literally: white crow A person who stands out from others, different from the surrounding people. It’s a good analogy because white crows are very rare. Биться как … Read more

How to Use The Verb nravitsya (to like) in Russian

We rarely use the verb нравиться in “noun + verb” constructions. In other words, there is no literal “I like” in Russian. When we say “я нравлюсь”, “ты нравишься”, “он нравится”, “они нравятся”, it means “somebody likes me/you/him/they”. For example: Я ему нравлюсь. – He likes me. Ты мне нравишься. – I like you. Я … Read more

Geographic Terms and Types of Landscapes in Russian

Landforms vocabulary

Landscapes and places on Earth are also part of vocabulary used in daily life. In this post, we’ll be learning them. To make the lesson more beautiful, I suggest watching this video first. It’s an audiovisual dictionary that will make learning process much easier. Here’s the list of the landscape terms and place names: ручей … Read more

Russian Names and Surnames (with diminutives)

What’s your name? (Как тебя зовут?) is probably the first question you hear when you meet someone new. Name is the first thing we get in life. Russian names may sound weird but you can get used to them. Here are the lists, where you can find any Russian name you’ve heard. Well, almost. Common … Read more

Negative Pronouns and Adverbs in Russian

We use negative pronouns to talk about nonexistent or absent things and living beings. There are also negative adverbs If you want to find out how we say ‘nothing’, ‘nobody’, etc. in Russian, you’re in the right place. To form negative pronouns you need to know interrogative pronouns. They are the same as question words. … Read more