Why Russian uses the Cyrillic alphabet

29 Dec 2022

For most of us it is one of the first things to tackle when learning Russian: The Cyrillic alphabet. Despite looking very cool it can be a bit confusing when starting out the ...
27 Sep 2022

  Before coming to Riga, I never had any contact with the Latvian language whatsoever. But staying here helped me realize how many common words there are in Russian and ...
20 Sep 2022

  If you ever decide to pick up any book written in the 19th century in Russian, you will surely come across SLOVOERS. But what is that and what should you know about ...
02 Sep 2022

The crowded hallway is filled with smiley faces, holding their mothers´ hands, excited to be given a role as big as going to school. Their friends are here, all dressed up, ...
30 Aug 2022

The sun just began setting over the big RIGA sign on a hot Sunday afternoon as my plane landed. As the landscape flew before my eyes, the gates of Riga embraced me, and I ...
25 Aug 2021

Авось is a widely used Russian saying which expresses a very specific concept. Although you may find that it is often translated as ‘perhaps’ or ‘with hope’, these English ...
16 Aug 2021

Шапочное знакомство (shapochnoye znakomstvo), is a Russian idiom that can be directly translated into English as ‘hat acquaintance’, but finds its idiom equivalent in the ...
04 Aug 2021

Потемкинские деревни, which can be translated as Potemkin villages, is a curious idiom found in Russian, which is also sometimes used in English. It is used to describe a ...
23 Mar 2021

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As if getting to grips with the cyrillic alphabet isn’t difficult enough for new students of Russian, two of the Russian alphabet’s 33 letters are ‘voiceless’: Ь and Ъ. How ...
18 Mar 2021

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COVID-19 has changed practically every aspect of our lives, language included. Below you will find a list of Russian COVID-19 vocabulary: an essential edition to any Russian ...
10 Mar 2021

Opted to do one of Liden & Denz's online courses and are studying Russian remotely? Or perhaps, like me, you had planned to spend some time in Russia this year but your ...
23 Feb 2021

For the upcoming  4 weeks I will be a new blogger for Liden & Denz in Saint Petersburg. I am very happy that I am back in Russia and excited to further develop my ...