Lessons · Recommendations

Free Russian Lessons With Sasha

Alphabet | Lesson 1 Have other Russian courses failed you? Are you looking for something new? Something fun?! Well, how about you learn Russian with Sasha! It’s fun, FREE, and you’ll only find it here — on the Russian Blog. Continue reading to learn about this new method of learning Russian!!! I’m not going to… Continue reading Free Russian Lessons With Sasha

Grammar

Aspect in Russian verbs

The Russian verb system is dominated by aspect. You must learn aspect to understand Russian verbs. Unfortunately, many English speakers have trouble understanding the concept of aspect because our language doesn’t have it. Most Russian verbs have two aspects: imperfective and perfective. There is an imperfective form and a perfective form. Perfective verbs are usually… Continue reading Aspect in Russian verbs

Phonology

Dialects of the Russian Language

There are a large number of dialects of the Russian language. So far, you have probably only been exposed to Standard Russian. Standard Russian is the “Moscow dialect” that nearly every student of Russian learns about first. Linguists typically divide Russian dialects into three groups: Northern, Central, and Southern. The Central Russian dialects are transitional… Continue reading Dialects of the Russian Language

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?

Russia

The Seven Wonders of Russia

The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world. The Seven Wonders of Russia are seven of the “coolest” places in Russia, determined by a project organized by the newspaper Izvestia, Radio Mayak, and the television channel Russia. 1. Lake Baikal Lake Baikal (Russian: озеро Байкал) is the world’s oldest and deepest lake.

Russia

How terrible was Ivan the Terrible?

Just how terrible was Ivan IV the Terrible? We all know what ‘terrible’ means in English (bad, evil, not good). His name in Russian is Иван Грозный (ee-VAN GROZ-nee). ‘грозный’ means “inspiring fear/terror”, “dangerous”, or “threatening.” So his name does not necessarily suggest that he was a terrible leader. But what all did he actually… Continue reading How terrible was Ivan the Terrible?

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