Orthodox Easter – A Lesson in Language and Culture

Orthodox Easter (Пасха) is sometimes referred to in Russian as “Christ’s Resurrection” (Христово Воскресение). According to polls, it is the third most popular holiday among Russians after New Year and birthdays. Easter in Russia is celebrated a little differently than in the West. Пасха, или Христово Воскресение, как ее еще называют – это третий по […]

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Русская душа – The Russian Soul

Трудности перевода – Translation Challenges


Kharcho: Georgia’s Spicy Beef Stew

For those of us who have had the singular pleasure of being seated behind a hefty bowl of харчо (kharcho), it is hard to describe exactly how delicious this Georgian delicacy really is. It is also, interestingly enough, hard to describe what it actually is, as there is rather heated disagreement about several of the […]

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Bird’s Milk Cake: An Airy Russian Cake as Unusual as Its Name

Lobio with Vinegar (Georgian Red Bean Salad)


WWII and Russian Identity

Visiting Russia for the first time, and studying abroad there as an American student were striking experiences for me. The sights, immersion into a new culture, and Russian language were fundamental parts of my study abroad experience. I was surprised, however, as to the important role that history played in the backdrop of the Russian […]

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A History of Russian Holiday Cards (Pre-Revolution)

Holidays in Russia: A Guide


Russian Idioms: A Lesson in Language and Culture

Very often, commonly used expressions in a language will have been in use for so long that their origins are now unclear. Sometimes there is clear origin. This new project from SRAS will help explain what some popular expressions mean in Russian and, where possible, where they came from. I. From the French The Russian […]

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The Russian Labor Market: Regulations, Common Practices, Vocabulary, and More

The Talking Kyrgyz Phrasebook