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Russian Word of the Day - calendar (noun)

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календарь (kalendar’) calendar (noun)

календарный день
kalendarnyy den’
day calendar

один календарный год
odin kalendarnyy god
one calendar year

календарный месяц
kalendarnyy mesyats
calendar month

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4 Reasons Why Russian Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need Russian slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Russian slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Russian? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Russian or any new language.

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Russian Culture

If you turn on any popular Russian TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Russian slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Russian culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Russian slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

Learning Russian slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual Russian people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from Russian TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right Russian slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

At RussianPod101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the Russian slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

Russian slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
At RussianPod101, you’ll learn how to use slang phrases and words to draw the right attention and avoid these problems.

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Top 20 Russian Words and Phrases you need to survive the Apocalypse

Zombies are coming, and they speak Russian! Do you have what it takes to survive? No?
How lucky you are, we have exactly what you need. Here is the Top 20 Words and Phrases you need to survive this Apocalypse!

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инфекция (n)
infektsiya
infection

жуткий (adj)
zhutkiy
scary

череп (n)
cherep
skull

могила (n)
mogila
grave

Какой Ваш любимый фильм про зомби?
Kakoy vash lyubimyy fil’m pra zombi?
What’s your favorite zombie movie?

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Апокалипсис (n)
Apakalipsis
apocalypse

Подняться из могилы.
Padnyatsa iz magily
rise from the grave

Зомби! Бежим!
Zombi! Bezhim!
Zombies! Run!

Если был случилась атака зомби, куда бы Вы отправились?
Esli by sluchilas’ ataka zombi, kuda by vy atpravilis’?
If there was a zombie attack, where would you go?

Сверхъестественное (adj)
Sverkh-estestvenae
supernatural

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Запасы продовольствия (n)
Zapasy pradavol’stviya
food supply

Ходячие мертвецы
Khadyachie mertvetsy
walking dead

Мурашки(n)
Murashki
goose bumps

Воображение (n)
Vaabrazhenie
imagination

Поп-культура (n)
Pop-kul’tura
pop culture

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Пресная вода (n)
Presnaya vada
fresh water

Труп (n)
Trup
corpse

Жуткий (adj)
Zhutkiy
gruesome

Прятаться (v)
Pryatatsa
hide

Кладбище (n)
Kladbishche
graveyard

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How to Learn Russian in Your Car?

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Stuck in traffic? Losing time in your car? Have you ever felt that in all this wasted time, you could have watched the 750 episodes of One Piece, finished the last Super Mario ten times, or even better…you could have learned Russian? Between family, friends and work, in addition to this time-consuming commute, it can become difficult to find time to properly learn Russian.

Fortunately, every problem has a solution, and what could be a better solution than turning that commute time into learning time? Stop passing the time mindlessly listening to the radio and try some of our best tips for mastering Russian in your car!

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You can learn Russian in your car, hands free
While driving, it’s important that you keep your focus on the road, so this is why our top tips won’t require you to use your hands!

Listening to Russian audio content in the car is a good way to learn
This is because it is a fun and efficient way to learn. With RussianPod101.com podcasts, you will be able to discover Russian culture through topics about everyday life. Instead of the radio, listen to a Russian podcast adapted to your level, from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, and you will make progress sooner that you would expect!

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You can listen to Russian music in the car
Did you know that you can learn Russian by singing while driving? Listen to songs from cartoon or drama and try to identify some words you learned.

Challenge yourself! Use the Russian you’ve studied up to this point and see how much you understand! Making the jump to real-life Russian is a scary one, but friendly children’s songs are a great place to start!

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You can learn alone in your car
When you’re driving alone, you can be as loud as you want – there is nothing better for remembering your Russian lessons than repeating loudly, again and again. Next time you see a driver who seems to be talking alone, you will know he or she is just learning Russian!

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You can learn through repetition with your passengers
If there are passengers in the car, it can be more stimulating to learn together. You can set a role play with Russian dialogues. With RussianPod101.com, you can download all the lessons transcript including the dialogues, as a PDF. Print it out and have some fun speaking in Russian!

One of the passengers can answer the quiz available on each of our lessons, while another can correct that person. Listening to someone at a more advanced level of Russian or a better accent is positive and helps you improve.

You can learn Russian offline
Do you have a poor connection or are unable to use the Internet? It’s not a problem for learning Russian! Before you start your commute, use our App to download the lessons you want to study and the podcast you want to listen to in your car, and you will be able to enjoy your lessons offline. Entering a tunnel won’t be a problem anymore. What a pleasure to listen to audio content without having the host freezing every 5 seconds!

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You can learn every day at your own pace
One of the best approaches for learning a language is little by little and often. It’s not efficient to take in a huge amount of information at one time. What you need is to study on a regular basis – a little bit of Russian every day. You commute several days a week, and that is all time you can take advantage of!

You have the freedom to choose the lessons and podcasts you want to focus on, at your own rhythm. You may want to do a little revision or discover how to talk about a new topic. And if you’re wondering what to learn next, you can use the new Learning Paths, which is our customized pathway feature that gives you a step-by-step way to learn Russian without getting lost!

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If you don’t have a car and commute by another method, these tips are still valid! Learning Russian is no longer limited to the classroom or your house; there are so many benefits to learning in your car or elsewhere. Reaching a conversational level will take you less time than you could ever have imagined! Don’t forget to sign up for your Free Lifetime Account and enjoy our content!

10 Monthly Goals to become fluent in Russian

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Shortcuts for learning and tips to remember Russian words are useful but it’s even also important to fix objectives to reach every month! What Is Your Language Learning Goal for the Month?
In your journey to become fluent and conversational here are 10 monthly goals you can go after!

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1) I’ll finish Survival Phrases series on RussianPod101.com by listening to two lesson a day.

2) I’ll give a 3 minute introductory speech in Russian to my Russian friends.

3) I’ll finish reading one Russian book by reading 10 pages a day.

4) I’ll pass my Russian test.

5) I’ll write 10 postcards in Russian to my Russian friends.

6) I’ll memorize 5 Russian songs.

7) I’ll finish memorizing 350 words with Flashcards on RussianPod101.com.

8 ) I’ll fully understand one Russian movie by watching it every day.

9) I’ll learn how to talk about past, present and future events.

10) I’ll master 150 words by memorizing 5 words a day.

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How to be a Good Lover in Russia

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- Ты так много значишь для меня.
Ty tak mnoga znachish` dlya menya
You mean so much to me.

- Будешь ли ты моим Валентином?
Budesh` li ty maim Valentinom?
Will you be my Valentine?

- Ты такая красивая.
Ty takaya krasivaya.
You’re so beautiful.

- Ты для меня больше чем друг
Ty dlya menya bol`she chem drug
I think of you as more than a friend.

- Даже 100 сердец будет слишком мало чтобы выразить всю мою любовь к тебя.
Dazhe 100 serdets budet slishkam malo chtoby vyrazit` vsyu mayu lyubov` k tebe.
A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

- Любовь, это просто любовь. Её никогда нельзя объяснить.
Lyubov’, eto prosto lyubov’. Yeyo nikagda nel`zya ob`yasnit`
Love is just love. It can never be explained.

- Ты так красив.
Ty tak krasiv.
You’re so handsome.

- Ты мне нравишься.
Ty mne nravish`say.
I’ve got a crush on you.

- Tы заставляешь меня быть лучшим мужчиной.
ty zastavlyaesh` menya byt` luchshim muzhchinai.
You make me want to be a better man.

- Пусть всё что ты делаешь, будет сделано в любви.
Pust` vsyo chto ty delaesh`, budet sdelana v lyubvi.
Let all that you do be done in love.

- Ты моё солнце, моя любовь.
Ty mayo solntse, maya lubov`.
You are my sunshine, my love.

- Слова не могут описать мою любовь к тебе.
Slava ne mogut apisat’ mayu lyubov’ k tebe.
Words can’t describe my love for you.

- Мы встретились чтобы быть вместе.
My vstretilis` chtoby byt` vmeste.
We were meant to be together.

- Если вы думаете о ком-то, читая это, Вы определённо влюблены.
Yesli vy dumaete a kom-to chitaya eta, vy apredelyona vlyubleny.
If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

- Я люблю тебя.
Ya lyublyu tebya.
I love you.

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Russian Word of the Day - surf the internet (phrase)

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сидеть в Интернете (sidet’ v Internete) surf the internet (phrase)

Мужчина сидел в Интернете за компьютером.
Muzhchina sidel v Internete za komp’yuterom.
The man surfed the internet on the computer.

Мужчина сидит в Интернете за компьютером.
Muzhchina sidit v Internete za komp’yuterom.
The man surfs the internet on the computer.

Мужчина сидит в Интернете.
Muzhchina sidit v Internete.
The man is surfing the internet on the computer.

Я сижу в Интернете каждый вечер перед сном.
Ya sizhu v Internete kazhdyy vecher pered snom.
I surf the internet every night before bed.

сидеть в Интернете в течение часа
sidet’ v Internete v techeniye chasa
surf the internet for an hour

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Russian Word of the Day - carrot (noun)

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морковь (morkov’) carrot (noun)

Перец, брокколи, цукини, лук-порей, морковь, баклажаны и салат - это всё овощи.
Perets, brokkoli, tsukini, luk-porey, morkov’, baklazhany i salat - eto vso ovoshchi.
Peppers, broccoli, zucchini, leeks, carrots, eggplants, and lettuce are all vegetables.

Морковь обычно оранжевого цвета.
Morkov’ obychno oranzhevogo tsveta.
Carrots are usually orange in color.

Морковь - очень популярный и полезный корнеплод.
Morkov’ - ochen’ populyarnyy i poleznyy korneplod.
The carrot is a very popular and healthy root vegetable.

Мини-морковь обычно более нежная, чем та, которая покрупнее.

Mini-morkov’ obychno boleye nezhnaya, chem ta, kotoraya pokrupneye.
A baby carrot is usually more tender than a larger one.

оранжевая морковь
oranzhevaya morkov’
orange carrot

мини-морковь
mini-morkov’
baby carrot

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Russian Word of the Day - older sister (noun)

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старшая сестра (starshaya sestra) older sister (noun)

Наша старшая сестра сидит с ребёнком, когда наших родителей нет дома.
Nasha starshaya sestra sidit s rebyonkom, kogda nashikh roditeley net doma.
Our older sister babysits when our parents are out.

Старшая сестра держит свою младшую сестру.
Starshaya sestra derzhit svoyu mladshuyu sestru.
The older sister is holding her younger sister.

иметь старшую сестру
imet’ starshuyu sestru
have an older sister

старшая сестра и младшая сестра
starshaya sestra i mladshaya sestra
older sister and younger sister

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Russian Word of the Day - sweet potato (phrase)

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сладкий картофель (sladkiy kartofel’) sweet potato (phrase)

Ямс также называют сладким картофелем.
Yams takzhe nazivayut sladkim kartofelem.
A yam is also called a sweet potato.

Сладкий картофель хорош печёным или жареным
Sladkiy kartofel’ horosh pechyonym ili zharenym
The sweet potato is great baked or fried.

засахаренный сладкий картофель
zasaharenniy sladkiy kartofel’
candied sweet potato

печёный сладкий картофель
pechyoniy sladkiy kartofel’
baked sweet potato

целый сладкий картофель и нарезанный сладкий картофель
tseliy sladkiy kartofel’ i narezanniy sladkiy kartofel’
whole sweet potato and cut sweet potato

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