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Saying "БОЛЕТЬ" in Russian

As it happens, no one is on top of their game all of the time. This ALMA Article will explain how to tell someone you are not feeling well and describe the symptoms to receive help. On the bright sight, in Russian there is just one word for most unpleasant sensations you may experience, and that…

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"ОСТАНОВИТЬСЯ" vs "ОСТАТЬСЯ"

Pause for a second to take a look at our newest ALMA Article. This will be especially beneficial, if, like so many learners of Russian as a foreign language, you struggle with the verbs оставаться (perfective: остаться) and останавливаться (perf. остановиться). The difficulty with the pair lies in the fact that both can be translated into En…

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Loanwords in Ukrainian

Learning a foreign language might be a daunting task to one person and an enjoyable leisure activity to another. And it does not only depend on whether someone is linguistically inclined: one's native language, or rather how close it is to the one you are learning, plays a vital role too. But does…

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Adverbs of Direction or Location in Russian

”Слева” and “налево” – sounds very similar, right? Well, the meanings differ and cause some confusion for learners of Russian as foreign. This ALMA Article will clear it up! Here is the basic difference: Let’s look at three situations illustrating this. 1. The question where? (где?) – Извините, где метро? (Excuse me, where is the…

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Comparison in Russian

Comparing yourself to others never really helps. However, when it comes to speech, one cannot avoid comparisons. What is more, they are one of those aspects of Russian, beloved by every learner, that have nothing whatsoever in common with their English analogue. But when did that ever stop us?…

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