12 interesting facts about Russian language

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  1. The name Red Square (Russian: Кра́сная пло́щадь) has nothing to do with communism, but derives from the word "krasnyi" (Russian: кра́сный), which once meant "beautiful".

  2. There are only about 200,000 words in the Russian language. This number has doubled since the 19th century, when only 50,000-100,000 words were recorded in dictionaries. This number is very small compared to the English language, which is comprised of over 1,000,000 words. Russians actually use very few of these words, and you will find that due to this many words have more than one meaning.

  3. The word "vodka" (Russian: во́дка) derives for the word "voda", which means "water".

  4. If you plan on being an astronaut, learning Russian is essential. Russian is considered to the the international language of space, and in the event of an emergency instructions are given to astronauts in Russian. Part of training to become an astronaut (really we should say cosmonaut) even includes doing a homestay in Moscow to learn local lingo.

  5. The word "Tsar" (Russian: царь [t͡sarʲ], English /ˈzɑːr/) derives from Latin Caesar "hairy".

  6. Russian is the most widespread language over Eurasia. Out of all European native languages it is the largest, and it is the most spoken out of all Slavic languages by a long shot. Overall, it is the 7th most spoken language in the world.

  7. "Dacha" (Russian: да́ча) - a country house or cottage in Russia. In archaic Russian, the word dacha means something given. Initially they were small estates in the country, which were given to loyal vassals by the tsar. Typical Soviet dachas were small 600 square meters (0.15 acres) land plots, given by state to city dwellers where people built their summer houses and grew little gardens.

  8. The word "spasibo" (Russian: спаси́бо - thank you) was originally "спаси бог", literally “god save”. So when you were thanking someone, you were asking god’s blessing for that person.

  9. "Russia" - 1530s, from Medieval Latin Russi "the people of Russia," from Rus, the native name of the people and the country (source of Arabic Rus, Medieval Greek Rhos), originally the name of a group of Swedish merchant/warriors who established themselves around Kiev 9c. and founded the original Russian principality; perhaps from Ruotsi, the Finnish name for "Sweden," from Old Norse Roþrslandi, "the land of rowing," old name of Roslagen, where the Finns first encountered the Swedes. This is from Old Norse roðr "steering oar," from Proto-Germanic *rothra- "rudder," from PIE *rot-ro-, from root *ere- "to row."

  10. The word for “German” in Russian is “неме́цкий” (nemetski) which means “those who can’t speak”. The root of the word originates in the Russian word meaning “mute”, which incidentally also means “stupid” and “inarticulate”. "Hемецкий" was originally the word that was used for all foreigners who could not speak Russian, however most foreigners at the time were Germans, and the name stuck with them.

  11. Native Russian speakers are better at distinguishing between different shades of the colour blue than native English speakers. This is due to the fact that the Russian language splits the color blue into two completely different categories - "си́ний" (“seeniy” meaning dark blue) and "голубо́й" (“goluboy” meaning light blue). In a study performed on native Russian and native English speakers, it was found that native Russian speakers are significantly more successful at distinguishing and categorising different shades of blues in comparison to native English speakers.

  12. The Russian cyrillic alphabet has 33 letters divided into 10 vowels, 21 consonants and 2 letters which do not have a sounds. Each letter can be either capital or small. They can also be printed or handwritten.

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Hello, my future students! My name is Victoria and I’m going to teach you Russian! Why should you choose me? I’m a native speaker and an experienced professional Russian language tutor. I have special teaching programs for any goal you have. But I correct it according to each student, his/her abilities and goals. In my opinion, an individual approach is a key to success in tutoring. ARE YOU A BEGINNER AND WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND EXPLORE THE CULTURE AND MENTALITY? Then I will open the world of Russian to you! Step by step we will learn grammatical structures, Russian phonetics and begin to speak. More than that, I will give you more information about Russian traditions and reality. DO YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE IN LEARNING RUSSIAN? After a short testing I will choose a special educational program for you according to your language level and goal. After that we will start improving all the skills you have and also acquire new ones. DO YOU SPEAK RUSSIAN WELL, BUT WANT TO BE FLUENT? Then we will start a special speaking course with discussions and learning new constructions and vocabulary. As a result you will be able to discuss any topic in Russian. ARE YOU PLANNING TO SPEND YOUR HOLIDAYS IN RUSSIA? Don’t worry! In this case we will start a special short course aimed at speaking. We will learn some phrases that will help you communicate easily in Russia. Good pronunciation is important, so in every teaching program I pay special attention to this. More than that, regardless of the program, you will not only learn the language, but also the culture and history of Russia. I'm going to share lots of facts about Russian people and mentality with you. And of course in my lessons you won't ever get bored, because in my opinion studying must be fun and interesting. ________________________________________________________________________________ ARE YOU STILL NOT SURE ABOUT YOUR CHOICE? READ SOME REVIEWS OF MY STUDENTS: . Very patient and professional with each and every lesson. Victoria takes her time to customize each lesson plan for each student, depending on the students strengths and weaknesses. She has helped me learn and memorize hundreds of common Russian words. Also she helped improve speech, reading and understanding of the Russian language. Each lesson is enjoyable and doesn't seem like a impossible hurdle with an energetic and ambitious teacher like Victoria. - Dylan, United States ________________________________________________________________________________ Victoria is a great teacher. She plans lessons around your goals and encourages you to build out your language capability through useful Russian rather than stock textbook phrases. She also has a very sound understanding of Russian grammar and how it compares directly to English grammar, making it much easier to comprehend through her explanations. I am currently living in Moscow and I have had three different Russian teachers previously. I have found that with these lessons my ability to communicate and understand Russian around me has improved significantly. Highly recommended. - George, United Kingdom ________________________________________________________________________________ I've been studying under Victoria for quite some time now. I like how she includes information about Russia and the history of words. I also like the focus on pronunciation. Another big help is how she's willing to bend the lessons around where I'm struggling. Very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend. - Zach, Canada ________________________________________________________________________________ SUPER !!!!!! 5 thousand stars teacher !!!! I heartly recommend all Russian students to take as soon as possible the phonetic courses of Victoria ! The learning will be much faster and also you will learn through exercises to speak as close as possible to a new native. Russian will have an absolutely new flavor after this phonetic course!!! - Wittgenstein, Brazil ________________________________________________________________________________ In my opinion, Vika is a an awesome teacher that uses word structure in an easy and fun way. I recommend Vika highly to any student that is visual and like to understand the beauty behind the Russian language. - Tareq, United Arab Emirates ________________________________________________________________________________ I was nervous to start doing lessons until I met her, She is very pleasant and I felt very comfortable with her immediately. I booked my first 5 lessons after my trial :) - Shontel, Australia ________________________________________________________________________________ WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? SAY YES TO RUSSIAN AND START TO LEARN IT RIGHT NOW IN FUN AND EASY WAY! SEE YOU IN CLASS!
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Немецкий
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Испанский
B1
,
Французский
A1
Hello, my future students! My name is Victoria and I’m going to teach you Russian! Why should you choose me? I’m a native speaker and an experienced professional Russian language tutor. I have special teaching programs for any goal you have. But I correct it according to each student, his/her abilities and goals. In my opinion, an individual approach is a key to success in tutoring. ARE YOU A BEGINNER AND WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND EXPLORE THE CULTURE AND MENTALITY? Then I will open the world of Russian to you! Step by step we will learn grammatical structures, Russian phonetics and begin to speak. More than that, I will give you more information about Russian traditions and reality. DO YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE IN LEARNING RUSSIAN? After a short testing I will choose a special educational program for you according to your language level and goal. After that we will start improving all the skills you have and also acquire new ones. DO YOU SPEAK RUSSIAN WELL, BUT WANT TO BE FLUENT? Then we will start a special speaking course with discussions and learning new constructions and vocabulary. As a result you will be able to discuss any topic in Russian. ARE YOU PLANNING TO SPEND YOUR HOLIDAYS IN RUSSIA? Don’t worry! In this case we will start a special short course aimed at speaking. We will learn some phrases that will help you communicate easily in Russia. Good pronunciation is important, so in every teaching program I pay special attention to this. More than that, regardless of the program, you will not only learn the language, but also the culture and history of Russia. I'm going to share lots of facts about Russian people and mentality with you. And of course in my lessons you won't ever get bored, because in my opinion studying must be fun and interesting. ________________________________________________________________________________ ARE YOU STILL NOT SURE ABOUT YOUR CHOICE? READ SOME REVIEWS OF MY STUDENTS: . Very patient and professional with each and every lesson. Victoria takes her time to customize each lesson plan for each student, depending on the students strengths and weaknesses. She has helped me learn and memorize hundreds of common Russian words. Also she helped improve speech, reading and understanding of the Russian language. Each lesson is enjoyable and doesn't seem like a impossible hurdle with an energetic and ambitious teacher like Victoria. - Dylan, United States ________________________________________________________________________________ Victoria is a great teacher. She plans lessons around your goals and encourages you to build out your language capability through useful Russian rather than stock textbook phrases. She also has a very sound understanding of Russian grammar and how it compares directly to English grammar, making it much easier to comprehend through her explanations. I am currently living in Moscow and I have had three different Russian teachers previously. I have found that with these lessons my ability to communicate and understand Russian around me has improved significantly. Highly recommended. - George, United Kingdom ________________________________________________________________________________ I've been studying under Victoria for quite some time now. I like how she includes information about Russia and the history of words. I also like the focus on pronunciation. Another big help is how she's willing to bend the lessons around where I'm struggling. Very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend. - Zach, Canada ________________________________________________________________________________ SUPER !!!!!! 5 thousand stars teacher !!!! I heartly recommend all Russian students to take as soon as possible the phonetic courses of Victoria ! The learning will be much faster and also you will learn through exercises to speak as close as possible to a new native. Russian will have an absolutely new flavor after this phonetic course!!! - Wittgenstein, Brazil ________________________________________________________________________________ In my opinion, Vika is a an awesome teacher that uses word structure in an easy and fun way. I recommend Vika highly to any student that is visual and like to understand the beauty behind the Russian language. - Tareq, United Arab Emirates ________________________________________________________________________________ I was nervous to start doing lessons until I met her, She is very pleasant and I felt very comfortable with her immediately. I booked my first 5 lessons after my trial :) - Shontel, Australia ________________________________________________________________________________ WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? SAY YES TO RUSSIAN AND START TO LEARN IT RIGHT NOW IN FUN AND EASY WAY! SEE YOU IN CLASS!

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