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Russian as foreign: Ъ

In the Russian alphabet there are letters with next to nothing remarkable about them: simply “А”, simply “Б”… A whole other story can be told about the letter “Ъ” (hard sign). It stands for no sound at all, yet we need it. What for? What is its story? “Ъ” has not always been silent. Until the XII century it marked the…

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ALMA Tip: A and THE with names

Using ‘a’ and ‘the’ correctly can be a challenge, but we know one thing for sure: articles don’t go before people’s names, right? Wrong! The rule works for the most basic case: “I met Jane yesterday, she was with Jacky.” However, we do use ‘the’ with last names to refer to the family as a whole: “The Browns have be…

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Russian as Foreign: Times of Day + Cases

There is never too much time, so today we are giving you brief and pricelessly useful instructions on how to use times of day in Russian correctly. Take notes! :) We hope that was helpful and look forward to seeing you in class of Russian as foreign here at ALMA School for some controlled practice…

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East or West – ALMA's best! ;)

No matter where you are located, be it North or East, ALMA School will always find a way to help you with your language studies, Russian and Ukrainian in particular. For instance, do you know how we use parts of the world in Russian and how to apply the Case system to them? Even if you do know,…

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Russian as foreign: Clues to Exceptions

Today we challenge you to become a bit of a language detective. Yes, the rules and ways of languages, Russian in particular, may seem inexplicable and patternless. And yes, you might be perfectly fine with knowing just enough to order takeout in a Russian-speaking country. But bear with us! Taking…

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