Michele A. Berdy

Moscow 1 day ago

Cheat Sheet for Говорить

Cheat Sheet for Говорить

Moscow 1 day ago

The other day I tried to trot out an expression using the words говорить (to speak), так (so) and не (not), and got completely balled up. Now to make sure you don’t ...

Moscow 1 week ago

How to Talk Like a Russian Diplomat

How to Talk Like a Russian Diplomat

Moscow 1 week ago

Not every diplomat can become an overnight “хит интернета” (Internet hit) after just one speech at the United Nations. That honor goes to Vladimir Safronkov, deputy permanent representative from Russia, who shone ...

Moscow 2 weeks ago

A Russian All-Righty

A Russian All-Righty

Moscow 2 weeks ago

Лад is a nice little word. No one seems to know its origins, but it contains notions of order, harmony, and accord - all those good emotions and behaviors that make life ...

Moscow 3 weeks ago

An Earful of Russian

An Earful of Russian

Moscow 3 weeks ago

When I grow up — or retire, whichever comes first — I want to get a Ph.D. in linguistics by writing a dissertation on The Role of Body Parts in Russian Expressions. ...

Moscow 4 weeks ago

Trouble Translating Trump

Trouble Translating Trump

Moscow 4 weeks ago

Translating Donald Trump has not been smooth sailing for my Russian colleagues. They are sometimes clearly befuddled by Trumpese and make wild guesses about the meaning of his tweets.

Moscow 1 month ago

Meester Trump Tweets in Russian

Meester Trump Tweets in Russian

Moscow 1 month ago

For the last couple of months I’ve put myself in translation jail: I’ve been reading Donald Trump’s tweets in the original English and in their Russian translations to see if he sounds ...

Moscow 1 month ago

You Gotta Russian Problem With Me?

You Gotta Russian Problem With Me?

Moscow 1 month ago

When I worked at a gas station, I liked to listen to the mechanics talk shop about rusted nut that wouldn’t budge. Translators talk shop, too. Only for us, a rusted nut ...

Moscow 1 month ago

I Got Plenty of Russian Nothing

I Got Plenty of Russian Nothing

Moscow 1 month ago

What do a mangy sheep, a one-eyed man, and a beetle have in common? No guesses? Well, oddly enough, they all figure in expressions that have to do with settling with less ...

Moscow 1 month ago

Beware the Russian Furies of March

Beware the Russian Furies of March

Moscow 1 month ago

You know the compliments for International Women's Day. But what do you call the women in your life who are not kind, pretty, brilliant, warm, and loving? Oh, Russian’s got you covered.

Moscow 2 months ago

Taking It Slow, Russian-Style

Taking It Slow, Russian-Style

Moscow 2 months ago

You’d think I’d be used to Moscow winters by now, but by mid-February I’m like a big balloon with a slow leak, deflating and falling behind in everything. So I have languidly ...