Michele A. Berdy

Moscow 1 day ago

Russian Fun Fact Friday

Russian Fun Fact Friday

Moscow 1 day ago

I’ve been so caught up in false friends and politics that I’d forgotten some of the finer pleasures of language acquisition: fun facts.

Moscow 1 week ago

Moscow Traffic Havoc

Moscow Traffic Havoc

Moscow 1 week ago

If you come to Moscow this summer, 15 minutes after you leave the customs area at the airport you will hear talk of моя улица (my street).

Moscow 2 weeks ago

The Secret Life of Russian Words

The Secret Life of Russian Words

Moscow 2 weeks ago

An English word in Russian is like a long-time expat who, after a few years in Moscow, makes everyone wear slippers in his apartment and doesn’t consider a meal complete unless there’s ...

World 2 weeks ago

Russian Theater Goes Abroad

Russian Theater Goes Abroad

World 2 weeks ago

A decade ago Eddie Aronoff came to Russia to teach English and ended up becoming a film and theater producer.

Moscow 3 weeks ago

How Do You Collude in Russian? You Don’t!

How Do You Collude in Russian? You Don’t!

Moscow 3 weeks ago

With all this talk in the U.S. about collusion and Russians, I wondered: How do you collude in Russian? You never know when you may want to.

Moscow 4 weeks ago

50 Shades of Russian Flirtation

50 Shades of Russian Flirtation

Moscow 4 weeks ago

In a shop I saw a charming guy sweet-talking the saleswoman. He looked pleased with himself, she smiled in spite of herself, and I understood everything — except what she said.

Moscow 1 month ago

Lavrov, Donbass and the Duties of Translation

Lavrov, Donbass and the Duties of Translation

Moscow 1 month ago

A couple of weeks ago Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made a statement about the war in Donbass. Did he admit Russia's military involvement or not?

Moscow 1 month ago

Moscow Exhibition Breaks Through Traditions

Moscow Exhibition Breaks Through Traditions

Moscow 1 month ago

This multimedia show of works by visual artist Dmitry Plavinsky and filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky takes you back 50 years to a time when these artists were going back 500 years to mine ...

Russia 1 month ago

Ilya Glazunov, Controversial Painter Favored by Kremlin, Dies Aged 87

Ilya Glazunov, Controversial Painter Favored by Kremlin, Dies Aged 87

Russia 1 month ago

For the ideological crime of depicting Solzhenitsyn, the Central Committee of the Communist Party exiled Glazunov to Siberia to paint portraits of the workers of the Baikal-Amur Railway

Moscow 1 month ago

Stormy Weather, Russian Style

Stormy Weather, Russian Style

Moscow 1 month ago

While it is true that Eskimos do not have 50 words for snow, in the past month I have learned at least 50 ways of saying “Can you believe this weather?” in ...