Talk Like a Literary Critic: Master Russian Vocabulary for Discussing Books

Do you dream of discussing your favorite Russian novels with friends, but struggle to find the right words? Fear not, bookworm! This post equips you with the essential vocabulary to talk about characters, plot, setting, and more. Unravel the secrets of “kniga” (book) and impress everyone with your literary prowess! Dive in and discover a world of engaging conversation – all in Russian.

Kermit the frog sits on the paved road and reads a book about Kermit the frog

Words to Describe Books and People (C1)

C1 learners, fear not! Unlock versatile vocabulary with the prefix “без-,” meaning “without.” Describe novels as “безвкусный” (tasteless) or “беспристрастный” (unbiased). Explore dark worlds with “безрадостный” (joyless) or lighthearted ones with “безобидный” (harmless). Find treasures with “бесценный” (invaluable) and classics with “бессмертный” (immortal). Master these and conquer advanced vocabulary!

Verbs for Starting and Stopping

Amidst the quest for linguistic prowess, learners often overlook specific vocabulary crucial for expressing actions’ commencement and conclusion—elements that native Russian speakers effortlessly integrate into their daily conversations. In this article, we’ll delve into the Russian verbs that encapsulate the essence of starting and stopping actions. To start doing: To stop doing: I don’t have

What is Basic?

Over the past few weeks, several of my students have shared their frustration with me: “I’ve been studying Russian for so long and I still can’t use basic vocabulary! When I asked what kind of vocabulary they were referring to, they mentioned specific cooking verbs (e.g., verbs for cutting ingredients in different ways), words describing

My First Encounter with Barbie as a Soviet Kid

My first first encounter with Barbie as a Soviet kid offers a glimpse into the past, providing a clear picture of the stark contrast between the Soviet dolls and the magical allure of Barbie, a symbol of beauty and sophistication. This story is about the innocence of childhood friendships and how a simple toy can evoke strong emotions and leave lasting memories.