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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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Russian as foreign: Morning Rituals

Everyone has their own ritual to kick the day off. Today we are introducing several Russian verbs all themed around grooming and dressing up. Shall we begin? Умываться (imperfective) – умыться (perfective) = to wash one’s face Рано утром на рассвете умываются мышата. (Early in the morning at the break of dawn little mice wash their faces. (from chi…

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