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Russian as foreign: Tests and Certificates

In today’s ALMA Article we will answer a question that comes at us perhaps the most often from learners of Russian as a foreign language. You guessed it – how can I get a certificate proving my level of Russian? Well, first of all, you can take classes here at ALMA School and receive our school’s certi…

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Saying Nationalities in Russian

Strange, but true! Unlike many other languages, Russian has a special group of nouns to name a person’s nationality. Mistakes happen when students use adjectives describing something of that particular country instead: английский учебник (English coursebook), немецкая пунктуальность (German punctuality), украинские традиции (Ukrai…

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Ukrainian as foreign: Exclamations!

There is an interesting phenomenon we keep observing in classes of Ukrainian as foreign. A student will master grammar and lexicon, even near a native speaker in pronunciation, and yet the language does not sound natural. Why does that happen? Exclamations! A topic neglected by students and…

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Survival Russian: Emergency Services

Rememberbasic dialogues “At a Pharmacy”, “In a Restaurant”, “In the market”, “In a taxi”? Today we continue introducing to you survival Russian, however, this time we sincerely hope the information will not be needed. So, let’s look at the emergency services numbers that work here in Kyiv and the language you will…

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ЧТОБЫ / ДЛЯ?

Expressing aim has been mentioned previously in our ALMA Articles. Today we will further elaborate on the topic, namely explain the uses of “для” and “чтобы”. Both are translated into English as either ‘for’ or ‘in order to’, however in Russian they are used in different cases. The preposition “для" is always fo…

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