Author Archive | Elisabeth Cook

Show, Don’t Tell: How to Use Russian Adjectives in Any Situation

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Denial, anger, bargaining, declension, acceptance.

Wait, that’s not right, is it?

If anything, the five stages of Russian learning grief involve struggling with the existence of declension.

You have to work your way up to accepting that it’s just something

Russian Numbers in a Nutshell: 1 to 10 and Onwards

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You count your blessings.

You don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

You make sure everyone in your life knows they can count on you.

But can you… count?

Hey, it’s totally understandable if you can’t count in Russian yet.…

What Everybody Ought to Know About Russian Verb Conjugation

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Taxes. Seasonal allergies. Cleaning out your fridge.

I might as well add “verb conjugation” to this list of tedious and unpleasant experiences.

Yes, conjugation is notorious for being a language student’s nightmare.

Unlike some aspects of language, it’s not …

Learn Russian Online for Beginners: Your #1 Resource Guide

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Making your own tomato sauce is easy.

Marcella Hazan’s famous recipe calls for only four ingredients: tomatoes, butter, onion, salt.

But many people still buy jarred sauce. Maybe because it’s slightly easier.

Or because no one has ever told them, …

Master Russian Conversations for Beginners with 10 Video Sources

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Talk is cheap.

At least, it seems that way before you start learning a language.

Then suddenly, the type of conversations that aren’t worth a second thought in your native language become intrinsically valuable in your target language.

It can …

The 10 Best Russian Textbooks for Self-studying Beginners

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You can’t lose a language.

Not really.

Sure, you can learn Russian and then forget it.

You can let your Russian grow rusty and full of weeds, slowly abandoning it to the sands of time.

But you won’t lose …

Learn Russian from Videos with These 21 Diverse Clips

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The Russian language is a beautiful, mysterious stranger.

You make eye contact with her from across a crowded room.

You imagine she’s beckoning to you with her enchanting alphabet, her beguiling case system, her weird but elegantly loopy