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Russian language, culture, traditions

10 Russian Habits, Part II

In this article, we will continue telling you about other Russian habits which surprise foreigners who arrive in Russia for the first time. In the second part of the article we are going to discuss 10 weird Russian habits which cause foreigners’ misunderstanding.  

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Russian vodka

Russian vodka

Russian vodka is the most famous and widespread strong alcoholic drink, whose history dates back to the 15th century. However, there is still no definite answer who was the first to prepare this strong, alcoholic and national Russian drink.

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Russian National Cuisine

Russia is a multiethnic country, therefore, here you can taste different and exotic dishes of various ethnic groups living in Russia. However, you can find traditional Russian cuisine wherever you go and in any corner of the country.  Here are 10 dishes of Russian national cuisine.

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Unusual Soviet Names

Unusual Soviet names

In this article, we would like to tell you about the unusual names that were popular during the Soviet Union time. A list of names which boys and girls used to be given became significantly larger after the 1917 Revolution and until the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

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Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost)

Ded Moroz (Father Frost, or Grandfather Frost) is the key character of the New Year in Russia. He wears a long red fur coat embroidered with traditional ornaments, a red hat embroidered with pearls, white mittens and valenki.  

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10 Unusual Russian Words

10 Unusual Russian Words

You have already learned Russian very well, or maybe you are a Russian beginner.  You probably know that every language has its list of words which are impossible to translate into another language, or they have a meaning completely different from what they mean in our mother tongue.

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Cheburashka

Cheburashka

Cheburashka is a famous character of a Soviet carton “Cheburashka and Gena the Crocodile”.  Eduard Uspensky, Russian writer, made up Cheburashka in 1966. Later, thanks to the cartoon based on the book, this character became extremely famous in Russia and around the world.

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How to say hello in Russian

The most important thing you need to know in Russian is how to say Hello in Russian, because any greeting immediately makes you sound polite and provides a good first impression of you. There are a lot of greeting words in Russian that are used in different ways depending on the time of the day […]

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How to say "well" in Russian

How to say “well” in Russian

Nowadays, there are a few ways and options for using the word “well” in Russian. This word may be applied to various situations, therefore in this article we are going to tell you how to say “well” in Russian.

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Russian Toasts Part II

Russian Toasts Part II

Nowadays, toasting at the festive table has become a tradition and a good habit. Therefore, in this article we will continue to talk about Russian toasts as a tradition of drinking alcohol at any celebration. 

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