Language

The Talking Kazakh (Qazaq) Phrasebook

The Talking Phrasebook Series presents useful phrases and words in side-by-side translation and with audio files specifically geared to help students work on listening skills and pronunciation. Below, you will find several useful phrases and words. To the left is the English and to the far right is the Latvian translation. In the center column […]

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The Talking Latvian Phrasebook

Medical Russian Vocabulary: Doctors and Folk Remedies

Recipes

Blini, Mlintsi, Palačinke! Making Slavic “Pancakes”

Blini (блины) are a breakfast favorite in many Eurasian countries. The most basic recipe involves just flour, milk, and eggs. The resulting very thin pancake can be enjoyed in a variety of ways from sweet to savory. Although the recipe is quite simple, they are somewhat labor intensive to make and thus are often associated […]

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Latvian Rye Bread Desserts: Rupjmaizes Kārtojums and Rupjmaizes Zupa

Pierogi: A Flavorful History of the Polish Dumpling

Holidays

Remembrance of WWII and Russian Identity: Student Observations

World War II holds profound significance in modern Russian culture, transcending mere historical events to become a deeply ingrained element of national identity and collective memory. Known as the Great Patriotic War in Russia, it represents a pivotal period of sacrifice, resilience, and victory against Nazi Germany, shaping the ethos of the nation. Victory Day, […]

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Victory Day in Russia and Other Countries: Vocabulary and History

Navruz, Nooruz, Nowruz: The Ancient Spring New Year of Central Asia

Talking Phrasebooks

The Talking Tajik Phrasebook

The Talking Phrasebook Series presents useful phrases and words in side-by-side translation and with audio files specifically geared to help students work on listening skills and pronunciation. Below, you will find several useful phrases and words. To the left is the English and to the far right is the Tajik translation. Tajik uses a Cyrillic […]

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The Talking Uzbek Phrasebook

The Talking Buryat Phrasebook