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Life in Ukraine: Saint Nicholas' Day

Today is a big holiday here in Ukraine — Saint Nicholas' Day . Saint Nicholas is basically our Santa Claus / Father Christmas figure. White beard, love for children, candy and coal (well, actually, flogging equipment, in Orthodox tradition 😶) in socks included. However, Orthodox Christmas (cel…

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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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