What are Reflexive Verbs in Russian and How to Use Them?

Speaking Russian? Get ready for some serious self-reflection. Reflexive verbs – those fascinating verbs that refer back to the subject – are an integral part of the Russian language. Whenever you see a Russian verb ending in the mysterious “-ся”, you know you’re dealing with a reflexive verb, a verb with a penchant for turning…

Russian Wisdom Bites: Life in Quotes

Sometimes it’s good to hear or read some thoughts from other people. Especially, famous ones. Delve into the depths of life’s tapestry with these evocative quotes, each a brushstroke on the canvas of human experience. From the timeless reflections of literary greats like Ivan Turgenev and Fyodor Dostoevsky to the contemporary insights of figures like…

Timeout! Vital Russian Vocabulary for Major Sports

Sports are a popular pastime in Russia and being familiar with sports terminology can greatly improve one’s ability to converse and understand sporting events. Knowing the Russian words for common sports and positions will make following a hockey match or soccer game much easier. List of Sports in Russian Russia has a rich sports culture,…

How to Express Thoughts Using Intro Words: 30+ Examples

Может быть, займемся изучением вводных слов сегодня? (Maybe we should study introductory words today?). Notice anything? With that simple “maybe” we’ve already started examining them! Indeed, these words give Russian speech a special flair. They are certainly distinct from conjunctions, expressing the speaker’s attitude and nuances of meaning. For instance, compare how the meaning changes…

Your Essential Guide to Using Imperatives in Russian

Imperatives are essential in Russian daily life, from ordering food at a restaurant to asking for directions, and even giving clear and direct instructions. Understanding how to use them is crucial. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the formation of both singular and plural imperative verbs, including irregular verbs. We’ll explore various applications…

A Comprehensive Guide to Tech Terms in Russian

A Comprehensive Guide to Tech Terms in Russian

In today’s world, technology is everywhere. That’s why understanding the basics of computer and internet terminology is becoming more important than ever. This article aims to break down the essential vocabulary related to computers and the internet in Russian, making it easier for you to navigate this tech-driven landscape. This guide will help you grasp…

Unraveling the Instrumental Case in Russian Grammar

In the heart of the Russian language lies a captivating puzzle that adds a kaleidoscope of depth to its sentences – the instrumental case. Imagine a conversation that goes beyond the mere “who,” “what,” and “where,” delving into the nuanced whispers of “with whom,” “by whom”, “by what means,” and “with what.” It’s as if…

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…

Adjectival Pronouns: Usage, Example Sentences and Explanations

Adjective pronouns (определительные местоимения) are words that indicate certain (generalized), but not specific, characteristics of an object. In Russian, the adjective pronouns include the following pronouns: сам, самый, весь, всякий, каждый, иной, любой, другой, and the obsolete pronouns всяческий, всяк. The list is not exhaustive and unambiguous, different linguists may include different units in this…