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Ukrainian as Foreign: "ГРАТИ" and its Many Meanings

The star of today’s ALMA Article is one Ukrainian word only: ГРАТИ (to play). Why fuss, you may ask. Well, much like the English ‘play’ the word has multiple meanings and can be used in different contexts. Much unlike the English ‘play’, however, ‘грати’ requires completely different grammar around it to go with each mean…

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Times of Day: EXPLAINED by ALMA

Having communicated with and taught quite a few English-speaking students we at ALMA noticed a certain discrepancy in how they and we perceive time. For instance, the night of an English speaker lasts only a couple of hours from 10 pm to 12 am, whereas for Russian speakers those times would still…

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Learning (Languages) from Other People's Mistakes ;)

Today we are talking about common mistakes native speakers of Russian make when they communicate in English. If you’ve lived among us for a while, you’ll know exactly what we mean :) But how is that knowledge useful to you? Glad you asked. One can learn a lot about a persons mother tongue from the…

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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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