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Russian as foreign: Indeclinable Nouns

Yes, it is unfair, dear learners of Russian as foreign, but here in Russian we decline our nouns. The endings change depending on grammatical number (singular/plural) and case – six of them! The good news is there are some nouns that don’t decline at all. See for yourself: без кофе (without coffee), п…

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Russian as foreign: Feminine Forms for Names of Professions

As surely you know, being an avid and diligent learner of Russian as foreign, nouns in Russian have grammatical gender, which means they can be masculine, feminine or neuter. Then what to do when it comes to naming professions? People doing the jobs have genders of their own (either masculine or…

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Russian as foreign: Collective Numerals

Whilst ploughing through the vast field that is the Russian language, you might have come across something called “собирательные числительные” (collective numerals). And to them is this ALMA Article wholly dedicated. What are collective numerals? They are words that signify a number of objects as a whole. Examples of collectiv…

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Linguistic 'relatives' of Russian & Ukrainian

Greetings, fellow linguistics enthusiasts! Today we are digging deep into the roots of our native Slavic languages (Russian and Ukrainian), so grab your shovels and light your torches. You’d be surprised just how similar European languages are. It all makes sense, though, once you find out they all c…

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Ukrainian as foreign: Translator's False Friends

So, you’ve started mastering Ukrainian and are more than eager to learn (btw, well done already!). One day, while listening to a podcast, poring over a text book or studying Taras Shevchenko’s masterpiece, you come across a word that sounds or looks exactly like a word from your own language. You are…

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