Russia

Cat of Kazan

The Cat of Kazan is a lubok (Russian: лубо́к) from sometime during the 18th century. It is a possible satire of Peter the Great. The author of this lubok is unknown. The text reads “Cat of Kazan, mind of Astrakhan, reason of Siberia, he lived sweet, ate sweet, and farted sweet.”

Reading/Writing

Cyrillic and how to learn it

The Russian language uses its own form of the Cyrillic script (Кириллица in Russian). Several other Slavic and non-Slavic languages also use Cyrillic. If you can already read Cyrillic just fine, that’s great, but this post will still be useful to you. If you have absolutely no knowledge at all, then this is a great… Continue reading Cyrillic and how to learn it

Reading/Writing

Why does Cyrillic look the way it does?

Have you ever wondered why Russian’s Cyrillic letters look the way they do? The earliest form of Cyrillic was based on the Greek uncial script and the Glagolitic alphabet. The Glagolitic alphabet was created by the monks St. Cyril and St. Methodius in the 9th century. Many people believe that Cyril and Methodius created Cyrillic,… Continue reading Why does Cyrillic look the way it does?