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  • To Be Is to Grow: Russian Etymology

    Can you guess where the word свобода (freedom) comes from? Most words we use today are rather ancient and their meanings tend to shift over time – sometimes quite unpredictably. In today’s article, we’ve collected some examples of such changes in the Russian language.


  • Not Only Russian: 5 Most Spoken National Languages in Russia

    From Tatar to Yaghnobi, Russia is home to over 100 unique languages, not to mention various dialects and variants. Even though Russian is recognized as the only official language, the country’s many ethnic groups remain true to the languages of their ancestors even today.


  • Mind-Blowing Research of the Month: Speaking Multiple Languages – Hot or Not?

    Have you ever considered speaking two or even more languages a superpower? Or maybe you would rather call it a burden? If you’ve ever wondered what science has to say on the effects of speaking multiple languages fluently, you are in luck – today we will look into the pros and cons of being multilingual.


  • ITMO’s Russian Language and Culture Summer School: An Online Experience

    For the sixth year in a row, ITMO is bringing Russian language and culture to the world. Although the school was conducted online for the third time, this format helped to expand the school’s reach. This year we had students from 10 different countries join the school to improve their language skills and also get a deep dive into Russian culture, cinema, history and politics.


  • Speak Like a Russian: Soviet Phrasebook

    This Saturday, May 1, was Labor Day – an internationally recognized holiday that was deemed one of the most important in this country’s predecessor, the Soviet Union. In today’s article, we'll take a look at some of the terms and phrases that were, and still remain, characteristic of those times.


  • ITMO’s Russian Language and Culture Winter School: Experiences from Our Students

    At ITMO University we offer several short-term programs in different fields of interest. Usually, these courses are held in winter or summer. This time we had the opportunity to talk with some of the students who participated in the Winter School in Russian Language and Culture. They shared their thoughts, knowledge, expectations, and experiences of taking the course online because of COVID-19.


  • In the Footsteps of the Greatest: A Literary Guide to St. Petersburg

    St. Petersburg has always been a magnet for the brightest minds: its streets have inspired a myriad masterpieces by such titans of Russian literature as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol, and others. Each nook and cranny of the city still recalls the lines of world-renowned characters. So, take a walk in the footsteps of Raskolnikov, unleash the hidden sides of the city’s main streets, and even find the nose of Major Kovalyov – all with our guide to St. Petersburg’s literary past and present.


  • Well-Known Russian Tongue-Twisters

    Let’s work on our pronunciation today and explore the peculiar world of Russian tongue-twisters.


  • Speak Like a Russian: Phrases From Soviet Movies We Know by Heart

    Well, you alcoholics, idlers, hooligans… Who wants to work today? This is not us picking on you – it's a quote from a famous Soviet movie that every Russian knows by heart. These mind-boggling catchphrases and witticisms might have you scratching your head when you hear your friends use them, seemingly at random. But they're part of the Russian psyche, and you can get in on the game!


  • Why Russian Lullabies Are Sort of Terrifying

    Some of the things Russian parents tell their children to make them fall asleep are very sweet but many others are actually bizarre: for example, according to a popular lullaby, a wolf can come and bite you if you happen to lie on the wrong side of the bed. Let’s see what’s up with that.