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Ukrainian as Foreign: Euphony

We Ukrainians pride ourselves on our language. In particular, on how harmonious it sounds. This characteristic is called euphony. Italian is another language that uses it, among several others. Actually, before the 12th century all syllables in Slavic languages had to be open, in other words, end…

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English as foreign: WOULD or USED TO?

This one is for learners of English as foreign. Yes, we have those too. Let’s take a walk down memory lane, figuring out, where to use “used to” and where – “would”. Take heed, native speakers, the subject evades you too, occasionally ;) We all know where the good old Past Simple works: a. The action only…

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Ukrainian as Foreign: Vocative Continued

As you may have heard, both Ukrainian and Russian have grammatical cases. But while Russian features complicated enough six, Ukrainian boasts the magnificent seven. The case that sets the two apart is called Vocative. It is a specific form of noun (usually a name) we use to address somebody:…

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Abstract Nouns in Russian

This ALMA Article goes to those studying Russian as foreign at B1 – B2 level. These veterans know all too well how we, native speakers, crave conversation on vague topics such as news, politics or life in general. All of those – woods one does not venture into without an arsenal of abstract nouns. You…

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Russian as foreign: Adverbs of Place

Greetings, friends! Today’s ALMA Article is all about adverbs of place. In Russian, as usual, they come with a fun untranslatable twist (but later on that). There are two kinds of location adverbs: demonstrative and abstract. Demonstrative adverbs: ВОТ (close distance, within reach) / ВОН (far, out of …

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