Michele A. Berdy

Moscow 6 days ago

You Gotta Russian Problem With Me?

You Gotta Russian Problem With Me?

Moscow 6 days 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 week ago

I Got Plenty of Russian Nothing

I Got Plenty of Russian Nothing

Moscow 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

Beware the Russian Furies of March

Beware the Russian Furies of March

Moscow 2 weeks 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 1 month ago

Taking It Slow, Russian-Style

Taking It Slow, Russian-Style

Moscow 1 month 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 ...

Moscow 1 month ago

Take a Load Off, Russian-Style

Take a Load Off, Russian-Style

Moscow 1 month ago

Отдыхать. Simple word, right? But think for a minute: how many meanings does it have? So far I’ve counted eight. Take a load off — отдыхайте! — and see if you can ...

Moscow 1 month ago

Beyond the Russian Pale

Beyond the Russian Pale

Moscow 1 month ago

When the world was marking the Holocaust Remembrance Day last week, it turned out that a lot of people didn’t know what черта оседлости (Pale of Settlement) was — even some people ...

Moscow 1 month ago

Hans Christian Andersen Comes to Moscow

Hans Christian Andersen Comes to Moscow

Moscow 1 month ago

What do a tall, lanky, quiet and rather ascetic 19th century Danish writer of fairy tales and a short, pudgy, expansive 20th century Russian artist have in common? Find out at the ...

Moscow 1 month ago

Moderation, Russian-Style

Moderation, Russian-Style

Moscow 1 month ago

I think it’s fair to say that умеренность doesn’t come easy to Russians, who tend to value big and generous emotions, personalities, appetites, and heck — even novels (Leo Tolstoy, I’m looking ...

Moscow 2 months ago

Kompromat By Any Other Name

Kompromat By Any Other Name

Moscow 2 months ago

Since the whole world is talking about kompromat, we might as well talk about it, too.

Moscow 2 months ago

"I'm Shocked, Just Shocked!" in Three Russian Letters

"I'm Shocked, Just Shocked!" in Three Russian Letters

Moscow 2 months ago

Today we’re going to master how to blurt out surprise in Russian. First up: Опа! — almost always printed with an exclamation mark.