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Christmas "КУТЯ" Recipe

"Кутя" [kutia] is the centrepiece of an Orthodox Christmas Eve table in every Eastern Slavic household. The origin of kutia is pre-Christian. It was a savoury dish made from a mixture of beans and grains (whichever were handy) in the cold season to symbolise the circle of life and make sur…

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Verbs + Prefixes: УЧИТЬ

Prefixes in Russian make verbs go WILD! And account for much of the richness and nuance of the Russian vocabulary. We begin, of course, with УЧИТЬ - a multifunctional verb on its own and impressively versatile with prefixes. Enjoy! ВЫ выучить, выучивать - to learn, to memorize выучить язык (learn a language), выучить правило (lea…

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Reflexive Verbs of Motion + the prefixes С-/СО- and РАЗ-/РАС-/РАЗО-

СОЙТИСЬ / СХОДИТЬСЯ, СЪЕХАТЬСЯ / СЪЕЗЖАТЬСЯ — are the most commonly used ones. What do they mean? The motion here is done by two or more subjects (objects) from different starting point to one destination. После летних каникул люди начинают съезжаться обратно в город. (After the summer holidays people are starting to flock back to the city.) РАЗОЙТИСЬ / РАСХОДИТЬСЯ, РАЗЪЕХАТЬСЯ / Р…

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Verbs of Motion + the prefixes ПОД- / ПОДО-

The prefixes ПОД- and ПОДО- add to verbs of motion the meaning of moving close to, approaching an object (subject) from a short distance: Мы подъехали к башне, чтобы разглядеть древнюю архитектуру. (We drove up to the tower to have a good look at the ancient architecture.) The words "подойти" and "подходить" also have …

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Verbs of Motion + the prefixes ОТ- / ОТО-

These prefixes add the meaning of moving a short (or certain) distance away from an object: Он отошёл от дома и, обернувшись, увидел, что что-то действительно будто выросло из крыши. (He walked away from the house a bit and, turning around, saw that something indeed was growing out of the roof.) The verbs "отвести", "отвезти" and "отнести&qu…

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