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Grammar

Grammar

Preposition для: when do we use it?

The preposition “для” indicates the beneficiary of something and is used with the genitive case. It means “for” or “to” in terms of purpose or intended recipient. To clarify, let’s examine some examples. In the sentence “Подарок для моей мамы” (A gift for my mom), “для” is used to convey that the gift is intended…

Grammar

Сам in Context: Examining Real-Life Uses of a Versatile Word

The pronoun ‘сам’ in Russian means “self” or “myself.” It is used to emphasize that someone does something by themselves, without help or involvement from others. ‘Сам’ is an important pronoun for beginning Russian learners to understand. Knowing when and how to use it properly can help you sound more natural when speaking or writing…

Vocabulary

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Vocabulary

From Baking to Boiling: Exploring Russian Cooking Verbs

Hey there, foodies! Today, we’re diving into the exciting realm of Russian cuisine, specifically focusing on the essential topic of verbs. We’ll explore an array of cooking verbs in Russian, ranging from basic actions like chopping and stirring to more specialized techniques such as braising and baking. Understanding and mastering these verbs is key to…

Vocabulary

Opposite Adjectives in Russian: Full List

Adjectives are words that characterize names in various ways. Below is a list of opposite adjectives in Russian you should learn to expand your vocabulary. хороший (good) – плохой (bad) добрый (kind) – злой (evil) светлый (light) – тёмный (dark) старый (old) – новый (new) старый (old) – молодой (young) большой (big) – маленький (small) высокий…

Vocabulary

100 Common Russian Adjectives with Examples in Context

Looking to expand your Russian vocabulary? Look no further than this comprehensive guide to 100 common adjectives in the language. This list covers a wide range of adjectives that you’ll encounter in everyday conversation. Each word is accompanied by example sentences to help you understand how it’s used in context, and the article is designed…

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Phrases

Phrases

50+ ‘What’ Questions to Add to Your Conversation Bank

Let’s learn some phrases, shall we? We use “Что?” (what) to ask for information about things or actions. This list has 100 awesome ‘what’ questions to help you understand and speak Russian. It’s got everything from beginner level stuff like ‘What is it?’ to tougher questions like ‘What do you consider your greatest achievement?’. If you’re…

Phrases

50 Easy Dialogues for Beginner Russian Learners

Reading dialogues is a helpful way to learn Russian. They offer practical and authentic language usage. Instead of studying isolated vocabulary and grammar rules, dialogues provide real-life examples of how language is used in conversations. This helps learners understand natural speech patterns, idiomatic expressions, and everyday vocabulary. Additionally, dialogues often present cultural and social contexts,…

Difference Between

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Горячий vs Жаркий: Are You Using the Right Word for “Hot” in Russian?

Russian has lots of cool words, but sometimes figuring out which one to use can be tricky. This article is here to help! We’ll be looking at two words that both mean “hot” in English: горячий and жаркий. Even though they seem the same, there’s a slight difference. Let’s break it down so you can…

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Spotting the Differences Between Говорить, Разговаривать, and Сказать

Russian has multiple verbs that can be translated as “to speak” or “to talk” in English. At first glance, words like говорить, разговаривать and сказать seem interchangeable. However, there are subtle but important differences in how each verb is used. In this post, we will compare these verbs and look at when to use each…

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Clearing Up the Confusion Between Где and Куда

In Russian, the words “где” and “куда” are commonly used to express location and direction respectively. Though they both translate to “where” in English, there is an important distinction between their usages that Russian learners must understand. The use of these words varies based on whether the object is in motion or static. In this…

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Добрый vs. Хороший: Spotting the Contrast

There are many words in the Russian language that can often be translated equally into English but have different meanings. Such words include the adjectives “хороший” and “добрый“. In Russian, these are two different words with distinct meanings. Let’s break it down. “Добрый” generally translates to “kind” or “good” in the sense of being good-natured…