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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).
10 Reasons Why You Should Be Learning Russian

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Learning Russian

Yes, Russia is a top travel and sports destination, and it’s the most spoken language in Europe, but why should you be learning Russian today?
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.
How To Address People In Russian

How To Address People In Russian

When do you say Вы (“Vy” – formal “you”) versus ты (“ty” – informal “you”) and what’s the deal with the patronymic? A Russian native speaker explains.
Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Russian?

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Russian?

How knowledgeable are you about the Russian language? Answer these trivia questions to find out.
True Or False: Can You Separate Fact From Fiction When It Comes To Russia?

True Or False: Can You Separate Fact From Fiction When It Comes To Russia?

Untrue stereotype, or little-known fact? See if you can guess correctly when it comes to these five little factoids about Russia.
Which Countries Speak The Least English?

Which Countries Speak The Least English?

Are you an ambitious language learner who wants to travel to places where you won’t be able to use English as a crutch? Take note.
If You Speak Russian, Can You Understand Ukrainian?

If You Speak Russian, Can You Understand Ukrainian?

How Similar Are Russian And Ukrainian? If I put hundreds of hours into learning Russian, will it pay off in other Slavic languages like Ukrainian? Please?
A Bearish Language: Book Review Of Yoko Tawada’s ‘Memoirs Of A Polar Bear’

A Bearish Language: Book Review Of Yoko Tawada’s ‘Memoirs Of A Polar Bear’

Yoko Tawada’s most recent book that was translated into English is about three generations of polar bears who struggle with language barriers and fitting in.
Here Are 47 Ways To Tell Someone Off In Another Language

Here Are 47 Ways To Tell Someone Off In Another Language

Why settle for ‘buzz off’ when you can tell someone to ‘become dust’ in Turkish?
6 Foreign Language Memes That’ll Make You Feel More Worldly

6 Foreign Language Memes That’ll Make You Feel More Worldly

Who said international memes weren’t a valid language-learning tool?
16 Colorful Idioms That’ll Sell You On The Russian Language

16 Colorful Idioms That’ll Sell You On The Russian Language

In Mother Russia, wacky idiom eat you. Here are some funny Russian phrases for current and would-be language learners.
Traveling With Dietary Restrictions? Here’s How To Order Food Abroad

Traveling With Dietary Restrictions? Here’s How To Order Food Abroad

Whether you’ve got a deadly tree-nut allergy or you’re just trying to stick to your paleo diet in carb-centric Italy, here are some handy translations to keep in your pocket.