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ALMA Tip: "НЕЛЬЗЯ" in Russian

You need to know, when to say “No”! In case you also need to know, how to say “no” correctly in Russian, this ALMA Tip is for you ;) In Russian there is a word for “one can’t” – “нельзя”. The hard part is choosing between perfective and imperfective variations of the following verb. To say that something “isn’t allowed”…

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ALMA Tip: "calling" and "naming" in Russian

What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; When it comes to Russian, however, giving and calling names is not so simple. It happens so that in English the noun ‘name’ can be given to people and things altogether. My name is Victoria. The name of our future pro…

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Ukrainian as Foreign: Sentence Structure

Today’s ALMA Tip is all about word order in Ukrainian. So, reading on you must keep! The ‘m’ dash One punctuation mark you will come across a lot more in Ukrainian or Russian, than in English is “–”. That is because we omit “to be” (є) in present tense: він – студент (he is a student); вони – студентки (they are students); ми …

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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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