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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.
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.
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.
Let’s work on our pronunciation today and explore the peculiar world of Russian tongue-twisters.
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!
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.
Who’s an elder dressed in a hundred coats and why does a maiden hide in a dungeon? Solve these riddles and learn a thing or two about Russian culture.
Since 2016, ITMO University has hosted a Russian language summer school for language learning enthusiasts around the world. This year, from July 1 to 28, the school was held online for the first time with 22 participants from 10 countries including Canada, China, the UK, the USA and several countries in Europe. We talked to a few of the participants to learn about their experiences during the summer school and what attracted them to Russian language and culture.
The Russian language has a proverb for every occasion in life. This week we’ll check out some of the most popular ones.
It’s sometimes hard to come up with a new article idea, especially at times like these when all that comes to one’s mind has to do with either the risk of infection or the boredom of isolation. Today was different: the topic almost forced itself onto me. First thing in the morning, I find a whole rookery of cats lazing on my porch, and a half hour later, I learn that today is “International St. Petersburg Cats’ Day” - a new improvised holiday that I personally find rather odd, but still. So, it seems that there’s no way around it, and the language that we’ll be learning today will have to do with the purring little creatures that (almost) everyone loves!