Lessons

Russian Lesson One, Здравствуйте

Здравствуйте! In this lesson you are going to learn some of the basics with me — Sasha. You will learn how to greet someone and ask them how they are. You will also learn about basic grammar topics including personal pronouns, asking simple questions, and gender. This lesson’s culture section is about borsch! Make sure… Continue reading Russian Lesson One, Здравствуйте

Grammar · Vocabulary

Russian Prefixes, Derivational Morphology

In this post we are going to learn about how a few affixes can drastically alter the meaning of a word. Affixes are small words that are attached before a word (prefixes) or after a word (suffixes). In Russian, these affixes may be attached to nouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, you name it… *Note: when referring… Continue reading Russian Prefixes, Derivational Morphology

Grammar

Russian ‘н’ declension of имя, время, etc.

When you start learning Russian, you learn about the major gender endings. Most masculine nouns have zero (Ø) ending or -ь. Most feminine nouns end in -а/-я or -ь. Most neuter nouns end in -о/-ё/-е or -мя. These neuter nouns ending in -мя are special. There are ten nouns that end in -мя and are… Continue reading Russian ‘н’ declension of имя, время, etc.

Vocabulary

The Russian That You Already Know! (Cognates)

Looking for some really easy Russian words to learn? There are some words in Russian that are very close to their English equivalents, and these are called cognates.

Vocabulary

Russian Swear Words

Swearing can be a lot of fun! It can also be dangerous, so you have got to be careful! The Russian language is perfect for swearing. All you have to do is get confident, and get ready to make some people angry! This post has been updated for 2015, and includes a lot of extra… Continue reading Russian Swear Words

Grammar

Relative pronouns

Relative pronouns refer back to a noun or pronoun in the main clause of a sentence. In English, we use “who”, “that”, or “which” as relative pronouns. In the sentence “Do you remember the girl who slapped you at that party?”, ‘who’ is the relative pronoun and ‘girl’ is the ‘antecedent’. The antecedent is the… Continue reading Relative pronouns

Grammar

Gender in Russian

There are three genders in Russian: masculine, feminine, and neuter. Gender is an important aspect of grammar because adjectives, pronouns, and past tense forms take different endings that must agree with the gender of their subject. Let’s take a look at some instances in which gender is used. хоро́ший ма́льчик  a good boyхоро́шая де́вочка  a… Continue reading Gender in Russian