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Like a Good Neighbor
July 01, 2007

Like a Good Neighbor

By Mikhail Ivanov

There are good neighbors and there are bad neighbors. In this linguistic diversion, we peer under the hood for useful phrases in dealing with either sort.

Of Pigs and Oranges
March 01, 2007

Of Pigs and Oranges

By Mikhail Ivanov

It is the Year of the Pig, so what better time to consider the influence of porcine phrases and words on the Russian language?

The Babushka Factor
July 01, 2006

The Babushka Factor

By Mikhail Ivanov

Every foreigner knows the word "babushka" before they even start studying Russian. But it takes some study (or this column) to plumb the depths of meaning hidden in this word.

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