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February 6, 2014
A Baker's Dozen of Translation and Language Resources
A Baker’s Dozen of Invaluable Translation (and Language Learning) Resources
By Paul E. Richardson

Whether you are a budding translator of Russian-English texts, are reading Russian literature in the original, or just want to improve your Russian, there are countless resources waiting for you on the internet. Here's our list of the best...

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Tags: russian, language
January 10, 2014
Why Don't Russians Smile?
Why Don't Russians Smile?

It is a common trope that Russians never smile. Which of course is interpreted to mean they are unfriendly, gloomy, sullen – positively Dostoyevskian. This, of course, is a complete misreading of body language and cultural norms.

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Tags: culture, language, communication, humor
October 10, 2013
Spelling Reform: Who Gets the Credit?
Spelling Reform: Who Gets the Credit?
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Soviet sources praise the Bolsheviks for simplifying Russian spelling in 1918. Who was the real author of the spelling reform, and what was the Bolsheviks' actual role in making it work?

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Tags: russia, 1917, 1918, russian language, spelling, reform, lunacharsky, provisional government
September 30, 2013
Happy Translation Day
Happy Translation Day
By Paul E. Richardson

In honor of International Translation Day (September 30), we demonstrate rather graphically the value of having a good, human translator.

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Tags: language, translation, Russian
January 20, 2009
US News & World Report: Learn Russian!
By Paul E. Richardson
US News and World Report recommends: "Why not get ahead of the geopolitical curve and study Russian?" Read More
Tags: russian, language