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Steph Koyfman
Steph is a writer, lindy hopper, and astrologer. She’s also a language enthusiast who grew up bilingual and had an early love affair with books. She has mostly proved herself as a New Yorker, and she can introduce herself in Swedish thanks to Babbel. She also speaks Russian and Spanish, but she’s a little rusty on those fronts.
Articles by Steph
What Is The Most Important Word To Know In Any Language?

What Is The Most Important Word To Know In Any Language?

There are essential survival phrases you’ll need to know in any language. But if you had to pick just one, which would it be?
The Tale Of The Polyglot Pushkin

The Tale Of The Polyglot Pushkin

Pushkin is widely credited as the founder of the modern Russian literary language — but he spoke as many as 15 others.
4 Russian Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

4 Russian Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

These aren’t your typical loan words. Here are a few words and phrases inspired by foreign languages (but with totally different meanings in Russian).
Quiz: Can You Guess The Language These Words Come From?

Quiz: Can You Guess The Language These Words Come From?

How good are you at recognizing foreign languages? Take this extremely difficult quiz for bragging rights.
I Used Babbel To Brush Up On My Native Language

I Used Babbel To Brush Up On My Native Language

Russian is technically my first language, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to me speak. I used Babbel to jog my memory before my first trip to the motherland.
What Is The Most Beautiful Word In The World?

What Is The Most Beautiful Word In The World?

Is it ‘cellar door’? Or ‘nakakapagpabagabag’? Who decides what’s beautiful, anyway?
Around The World In 17 Dough And Cheese Concoctions

Around The World In 17 Dough And Cheese Concoctions

The human impulse to combine carbs and cheese is almost universal. Here are a few very snackable examples from 17 different cultures.
Why Does ‘Mother’ Sound The Same In So Many Languages?

Why Does ‘Mother’ Sound The Same In So Many Languages?

The concept of “Mom” is universal — and, for the most part, so is the name we’ve given her. The reason is probably a lot simpler than you think.
Why You Shouldn’t Use Google Translate On Your Trip

Why You Shouldn’t Use Google Translate On Your Trip

Remove the training wheels and connect authentically. You’ll be happy you did.