Olga’s Blog: Выпускной (High School Graduation in Russia)

This is Lesson 1, Part 3 of Olga’s Blog, a series of intermediate Russian lessons. All of the bold words and phrases have annotation below. Red words and phrases indicate the subject of this blog entry’s grammar lesson. Asterisks indicate slang. Привет всем! Сегодня я расскажу вам про свой выпускной, один из самых запомнившихся дней моей жизни! Выпускной – очень […]

Olga’s Blog: Экзамены (Exams and Grading in Russia)

This is Lesson 1, Part 2 of Olga’s Blog, a series of intermediate Russian lessons. All of the bold words and phrases have annotation below. Red words and phrases indicate the subject of this blog entry’s grammar lesson. Asterisks indicate slang. Дорогие друзья! Снова привет! Сегодня давайте поговорим про самое страшное и ужасающее –  экзамены. Экстернат дает опыт сдачи экзаменов […]

Olga’s Blog: Экстернат (“Home Schooling” in Russia)

This is Lesson 1, Part 1 of Olga’s Blog, a series of intermediate Russian lessons. All of the bold words and phrases have annotation below. Red words and phrases indicate the subject of this blog entry’s grammar lesson. Asterisks indicate slang. Дорогие друзья! Меня зовут Ольга, мне шестнадцать лет, в этом году я закончила экстернат и поступила в университет. Экстернатная […]

The Question of Genre in Byliny and Beowulf

While stories about Dobrynya Nikitich, Ilya Muromets, and Sadko were being sung in Kievan Rus’ – the Slavic state dominated by the city of Kiev from the ninth until the twelfth centuries – Anglo-Saxon, or Old English poetry had already extended from oral to written production in the form of Beowulf.[1] Beowulf is a Christian reworking of oral […]

Time Spent on the Trans-Siberian Railway

The Tran-Siberian Railway is the ultimate rail journey: the longest in the world – possibly the coldest if you go at the wrong time of year. A journey of almost mythical proportions that spans two continents while staying in a single country; without leaving your seat you clatter your way along almost a third of […]

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