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Learning Ukrainian: Vocative Case

Hi there, dear learners of Ukrainian or Russian as foreign! A number of students here at ALMA School have already mastered Russian to a certain level and are now taking up Ukrainian. The idea is that the two languages are a lot alike. Well, having experience in teaching both, we can say: yes and…

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Translating Verbs with Prepositions into Russian

Using prepositions correctly in a foreign language can be a challenge. The difficulty arises when we instinctively follow the rules applied in our mother tongue, which may not work in the language we are picking up. The most treacherous situations are ones with a preposition linked to a verb. In…

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Ways to Translate 'TAKE' into Russian

Dear avid learners of Russian, We’re sure that through your studies of the language you’ve definitely been experiencing some problems with the English verb take and its Russian interpretations, especially the verb принимать. Are we right? The problem, as usual, is that there’s no single solution or translation fo…

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Ukrainian and Russian Languages: know the difference!

Every foreigner living here in Kyiv surely comes across both Ukrainian and Russian, while exploring the city, and knows just how confusing the two languages can be. Indeed, they sound and look in writing so similar to a non-native speaker, that most of the time our guests have no idea which is…

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Basic Dialogues in Russian

Just moved to Ukraine? Have lived here a while, but shy from conversing with locals? No worries! Here are a couple of easy useful dialogues that will help you overcome the language barrier. Let's start! Chemist’s (аптека) Listen to the dialogue – Добрый день! У меня болит голова. У вас есть Имет? (Good day! I have a headache. Do you have “Имет…

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