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Kings of the road

A car with its flashers on rushes onto the wrong lane, crashing into someone who wasn't paying enough attention and who then is blamed for the accident. This is not a scary road movie, this is Moscow reality. But who's the real culprit? Was it the ambulance, the fire department, or the police? None...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: August 29, 2013

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Job Interview

Prepare to get some goose bumps: We're going to a job-interview. Thankfully, it's someone else's future on the line: Let's see whether he's got the necessary qualifications to be a journalist and whether he'll get the position. That'll also give us a chance to find out more about the Russian job mar...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: August 01, 2013

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Grandmas and grandsons

Who's gossiping there on a bench near our house entrance? Of course, it's the grannies – or babushkas. And what would they discuss more gladly than their pride and joy – their grandchildren! Let's listen and find out more about babushkas and their role in Russian family life. In today's grammar sect...

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Published: July 25, 2013

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A friend in need

When you're down, when life sucks, or when your boyfriend has dumped you, nobody can console or support you better than your best friend. True friends might be brutally honest with you, but they'll never let you down and always lend a hand when needed – that's what the notion of true friendship mean...

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Grammar: about

Published: July 18, 2013

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Planes, Trains, and May Day

May Day, May Day! These words would never cause alarm in Russia: On the contrary, the first days of May are the best time for having fun and travelling around, because the whole start of May is like one long weekend in Russia. In today's lesson, you'll not only find out why this is so, but also get ...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: in_on_by

Published: July 11, 2013

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Being a real man

Men and women – it's a miracle that they can co-exist at all, considering how often they want different things and how many different opinions they have about one another and each other's duties and obligations. Still, it often works out somehow – let's hope that today's dialog heroes also will find...

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Grammar: has_to, want

Published: July 04, 2013

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Indispensable ushanka

It's not a stereotype: Russians do wear ushankas, or ear-flapped hats, a lot. And confronted with a serious Russian winter, you would, too. But an ushanka is not only great against sub-zero temperatures; it's also a fashion statement. Our lesson will introduce you to different kinds of ushankas – an...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: June 27, 2013

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Destination Baikal

If you're still undecided about your next vacation trip, how about Lake Baikal – one of Russia's greatest natural treasures of legendary purity and beauty? Admittedly, it's not easy getting there, and it is quite unlike the usual holiday resort with all its comforts – that's why the ultimate questio...

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Published: June 13, 2013

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Reading Dostoevsky

Have you read Dostoevsky? Even though many Russians haven't, they nevertheless all agree that he is the most influential and famous Russian writer ever. That is, if one doesn't count his eternal rival, Leo Tolstoy, of course. In today's lesson, you'll get to know both, and maybe choose where your pr...

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Grammar: o_about

Published: June 06, 2013

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The troubles of Russian football

One of the best conversation starters with a Russian male (and often female) of any age is football. By football, we mean soccer – the only kind of football as far as Russians are concerned, and the sport nearest their hearts. Our lesson will help you in sharing your football thoughts with Russians ...

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Topic: sport, football

Published: May 30, 2013

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Leaving Moscow

Where is the "real" Russia? Some people firmly believe that the one and only place to live in Russia is Moscow. Others think that Moscow isn't really Russia at all. In today's dialog, we'll witness someone's life choice between these two options, and have a chance to compare the capital and the "pro...

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Published: May 09, 2013

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MMM: Mysteriously Missing Money

What's better? Stuffing your savings into a mattress, or investing it in a profitable venture? Obviously, the thought of having your money work for you is appealing. Lots of Russians felt the same way and so bought shares in MMM – Russia's greatest financial fraud of the 90s. And as crazy as it soun...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: April 29, 2013

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On the Road

Russians love their cars and fast driving, but their relationship to Russian roads is much more complicated. "On the road again…" – many Russians dread such a perspective. The many reasons for this can all be found in our lesson, so let's start our engines and hit the road ourselves!Today's grammar ...

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Published: April 25, 2013

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Going to the ballet

If you are planning to go out in Moscow, classic ballet at the Bolshoi theatre is certainly a number-one destination. Musicals come and go, but the Russian ballet with its classic pas de deux has always been a part of the national heritage and is still a wonderful opportunity to enjoy beautiful danc...

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Grammar: verbs_motion

Published: April 15, 2013

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Women's day in Russia

March 8th – International Women's day – is widely celebrated in Russia. However, this holiday is not about the rights and freedoms of women. As you'll find out in our lesson, it's more about flowers, and presents, and a cake – and women don't seem to mind.In today's grammar, we'll have an overview o...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: April 11, 2013

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Greetings from the Traffic Police

Surely you, dear listener, are one of those drivers who have never broken any traffic rules in their entire life. Even so you're not safe from the Russian traffic police and their fines: They have to fill their quota, after all, that's why they'll sometimes fine you just for the sake of your ready m...

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Published: April 04, 2013

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Village life

Granny's pies are fresh from the oven, kebabs are emanating heavenly smells, the sunset is perfect – at times like this, there seems to be no better place than a Russian village. Up until the moment when you have to trek to the faraway outhouse while being pursued by swarms of bloodthirsty mosquitoe...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: plural_nouns

Published: April 01, 2013

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I love Russian

Learning a foreign language can be difficult at times: You start with such enthusiasm, and then all those new words and rules seem to pile up. But persevere, and you'll have a breakthrough. Many have been through this stage already – look at our dialog's heroine: She'll get over through her sudden a...

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Grammar: language

Published: March 27, 2013

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Office in a former factory

Today, we're going to visit a factory. But wait, it's not a factory anymore – it has been converted into museums, offices, recording studios, shops and what not – and everything is available for rent. That is, if you don't mind funky neighbors or the whole idea of an art cluster – which has become v...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: March 25, 2013

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Maslenitsa – Butter Week

In Russia, the winter season – and especially Maslenitsa, Russian Carnival week - is a season of pancakes. No one can resist Russian pancakes filled with caviar and eaten with mead – except maybe some extremely health-conscious fitness addicts.In today's grammar, we'll get to know another subtype of...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: March 20, 2013

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Wrong Airport

There are so many things to think about when heading to the airport: flight time, tickets, passports, luggage… And last, but not least: Is this my airport? In today's lesson, we'll discuss how to get in and out of an airport and how not to mix the airports up!Today's grammar is about the verbs of th...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: airport

Published: March 18, 2013

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Learning Russian

Oh those Russians, oh that Russian language… So difficult to learn, or is it? With a little effort, you're already making progress, and we hope that soon you'll master the basics. Step by step – that's the key!Today, we're revisiting some of the most important grammar basics: Russian grammatical gen...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: March 13, 2013

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We are working!

It's work time again! Let's visit a Russian office and find out what the employees are doing. They should be working, by the way, but you never know in Russia! And sometimes, what is regarded as leisure in other cultures is considered hard work here – which can lead to misunderstandings.In today's g...

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Published: March 04, 2013

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From Russia with love

Just arrived or ready to depart – there is always a good time to get some souvenirs from Russia, otherwise who'd ever believe that you've been here! A nesting doll is always a good choice, but there are plenty of other goodies to bring home and show off – let's see what they are!In today's grammar, ...

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Topic: souvenirs

Published: February 27, 2013

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What time is it?

Oh, not the alarm clock again! But yep – it's ringing, which means it's time to discuss the Russian concept of time: both formally - How do we ask about time in Russian? - and philosophically – How do Russians view time?In today's grammar, we learn how to use verbs in the present tense, focusing on ...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: February 25, 2013

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Oh, those blue jeans!

Clothing stores still remain a terra incognita for many husbands, where dragons hide in the price tags. Russia is no exception. Let's take a stroll around a typical Russian store and find out more about cool things and their sizes.In today's grammar, we discuss adjectives and their endings again. Th...

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Topic: shopping

Published: February 18, 2013

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At the market

Today, we're going to buy some fresh fruit at the market. While the character in our dialog doesn't seem to know what he wants to buy, it's still a good chance for us to learn some useful expressions and measures.In today's grammar, we continue to discuss adjectives and their various endings....

Topic: food, market
Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: February 13, 2013

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Airport Check-In

In Russia, like in any other country, you should check into the airport well in advance. But with luck, one can manage to get checked-in five minutes before boarding. Listen to our lesson for important airport vocabulary plus useful check-in expressions and you'll achieve cruising altitude in no tim...

Topic: travelling
Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: airport_time

Published: February 11, 2013

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Hangover

Where would Russia's famous drinking culture be without its most natural consequence — the hangover? It firmly belongs to the Russian life-style and today we'll get to know it closer (but not too close, please!) as well as learn how to avoid it in the first place and how to cure it in the worst case...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: bars, moods

Published: February 06, 2013

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What's the house number?

Finding the right address in a big city is quite an adventure – especially in Moscow, where the house numbering system is pretty tricky. Our lesson will help you to get it straight, so that you'll always be able to understand where the house that you need is!...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: address

Published: February 04, 2013

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Weekend at a dacha

Russians can be not so industrious during the week, but they turn to truly hard workers on the weekend. How come? They work on their dachas: growing plants, digging the weeds, and having lots of other agricultural fun. Today, we'll learn more about the favourite Russian country house and weekend pas...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: dacha

Published: January 30, 2013

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A short-distance train

Let's leave the city hustle and bustle and travel by train! Not too far for a first ride: a short-distance train, or "электри´чка," will take you to any suburban destination around Moscow. Provided that you know where to get off, how to ask about the station you need and – very important! – that you...

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Published: January 28, 2013

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Sick leave

Today we're talking about illnesses and excuses one makes because of them. A sickness can be imaginary, like in our dialog, but a good excuse is always a handy thing to learn. Let's hope that all your illnesses will be only imaginary, but still learn some body parts and illness-related expressions –...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: plurals, it_hurts

Published: January 23, 2013

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Spring and Fall

Whether it's a spring or a nasty fall, Russians pay great attention to weather and would gladly discuss it. "How's the weather today?" is always a nice conversation starter, and the worse the weather is, the livelier the conversation may be. So, let's learn some weather words and also more season na...

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Topic: weather

Published: January 21, 2013

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How he met her mother

Young love – isn't it romantic? Not if you are the mother who has to confront an unknown guy whom her daughter is going to "shack up" with. If only he'd been well-behaved and civilized, that is, knew at least how to address his potential mom-in-law properly!Today we are learning proper manners and r...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: January 16, 2013

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In winter and in summer

Who hasn't heard about the Russian winter – and today, we're going to experience it ourselves, so dress warmly! It's a good season to learn facts and useful expressions concerning the Russian climate – both in winter and in summer....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: weather
Grammar: adverbs

Published: January 14, 2013

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Let's all go to the movies!

A free evening in Moscow? How about going to the movies? If you don't want to risk seeing a Russian-language movie yet, maybe we can find something in English! The hero of our dialog wanted to watch a sleazy movie and ended up with something completely different – but maybe for the better!In today's...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: January 11, 2013

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Travelling by train

Today, we're taking a train! But first, we'll have to buy our tickets– so let's be careful in making the right choice: Sometimes, accepting a less expensive offer can result in a trip you'll regret!In today's grammar, we'll learn the correct usage of adjectives: words that accompany nouns and change...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: January 09, 2013

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New Year Holidays

New Year's Day is arguably the favorite Russian holiday. And no wonder: All in all, the country has only ten whole days of vacation! But watch out: work is still looming on the horizon, so it's not a bad idea to keep your eye on the calendar. Check out our lesson to learn more about time words and t...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: holidays

Published: January 07, 2013

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A skirt or a belt?

Visiting a clothing store can be pretty confusing, especially if one doesn't know much about fashions. And especially if it's a Russian store, because Russian women tend to be quite unorthodox in their fashion preferences. In such cases, it's useful to know how to ask "What (the heck) is that?" In t...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: January 04, 2013

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Russian shuttle-bus

A minibus - called a "marshrutka" - is a number-one form of Russian above-ground public transportation. You’ll never get around it, so you’d better learn how to use it right now: Fare paid? Right house found? And by the way, we’ll also get to know some useful Russian shop names, so don’t miss it!In ...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: shopping
Grammar: imperative, i_need

Published: January 02, 2013

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It's not my size at all!

Everybody likes getting presents – Russian women are no exception – and some of us even enjoy giving them. Let's see what went wrong with a gift in our dialog (and whether there ever even was one) and learn some necessary expressions concerning giving and receiving presents....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: December 31, 2012

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Calling a Taxi

Whether you're late, in a hurry, or just don't want the inconvenience of using public transportation, the natural thing will be to call a taxi. This isn't exactly the case in Moscow, where the taxi service could sometimes be better and where there are traffic jams galore. Still, there comes a time w...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: time, must

Published: December 26, 2012

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Going Abroad

Russians love travelling – either abroad or just around. Today, we're heading to the Crimea: Let's find out how Russian it is, and practice saying where we are going....

Topic: travelling
Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: verb_go

Published: December 24, 2012

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Email and Internet

Today's dialog sounds a bit cryptic, but so is the Internet lingo in any language. Russians, too, have their own internet slang which sometimes is unclear even to Russians. Let's clarify the office colleagues' talk and learn a bit about the Russian internet world.Our grammar part deals with question...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: office, email
Grammar: questions_2

Published: December 19, 2012

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Agenda for tomorrow

As a tourist in Russia, you'll hardly have a chance to catch your breath. And that's just as well, because there is always so much to do and to see. Today's lesson will help you to organize your busy day of sight-seeing and teach you how to say phrases like "in the morning" or "in the afternoon" in ...

Topic: travelling
Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: day_time

Published: December 17, 2012

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Mobile Communication

Let's turn off our cell phones, everybody, and do some Russian! Today's topic will be – guess what? Cell phones and text messaging in Russia. Russians love these little handy toys as much as anyone, and they sometimes overdo their mobile communication, but don't we all?Today's grammar deals with the...

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Topic: cell_phone

Published: December 12, 2012

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What's for breakfast?

Feeding a kid is never easy, and in Russia it can be a real challenge. Russian kids usually hate traditional Russian kids' meals like porridge and soup. Let's try these dishes, too – maybe they are not as bad as we Russians thought as children.While tasting, we'll learn how to say "for breakfast/lun...

Topic: food
Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: for_breakfast

Published: December 10, 2012

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Open or Closed?

Whether it's on the weekend or late at night, you can always find a place in Moscow to shop or have a coffee or even get a sun-tan. It is a city that never sleeps: many places are open 24/7 – that is, unless they are closed. Sometimes quite unexpectedly. A sign at the door will usually tell you what...

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Grammar: closed_for

Published: December 07, 2012

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Super-VIP hotel

Welcome to Russia! And welcome to our Super-VIP Deluxe hotel! Would you prefer this fancy suite for a price any millionaire could afford, or that cute standard room with no bathroom? This lesson will prepare you for the most typical surprises of Russian hotels and teach you some very useful expressi...

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Published: December 06, 2012

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