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150+ Basic Russian Words and Phrases to Survive Any Conversation

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How many words do you know in your native language?

10,000? 20,000? 100,000?

According to experts, an individual typically knows 15,000-20,000 word families in their native language.

But in reality, native speakers don’t use the vast majority of these words. …

Russian Dialects Made Easy: The Differences, the Locations and More

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Several years ago, I moved from the United States to Australia.

When I met my now-husband who’s a born and bred Aussie, I quickly learned that the differences between American English and Australian English can feel like night and day …

How to Say Sorry in Russian: Essential Phrases for a Heartfelt Apology

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I’m sorry, so sorry, that I was such a fool!”

In 1960, 15-year-old American singer Brenda Lee reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her hit song “I’m Sorry.”

Everyone knows that saying sorry isn’t …

In, At, On and More: 25 Russian Prepositions Every Learner Should Master

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“Bigger is better!”

Is it really, though?

Let’s try a different approach.

“It’s the little things that matter most.”

Which saying do you relate to most?

Maybe you know someone who likes to use long, impressive-sounding words. Do those words …

Like It, Love It: How to Say I Love You in Russian (Plus More Romantic Phrases!)

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There are certain countries, languages and cultures that are naturally associated with love and romance.

Take France, for instance. How many people do you know who’ve gotten engaged—or at least dreamed of getting engaged—in Paris? Perhaps in view of …

How to Say Happy Birthday in Russian… And How to Celebrate a Birthday, Russian-style!

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Everyone loves a день рождения (birthday), right?

Okay, maybe not everyone. But everyone has a birthday.

And lots of people enjoy parties. So, what could be better than a birthday вечеринка (party)?

Russians love any reason to celebrate

And …

12 Famous Russian Sayings, Quotes and Proverbs Every Russian Language Learner Should Master

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“To be, or not to be, that is the question.” —”Hamlet” by William Shakespeare.

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” —”Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” by John Lennon.

“The buck stops here.” —Sign on President Harry S. …