Michele A. Berdy

Moscow 1 month ago

Zverev's Game: The Art of Breaking Rules

Zverev's Game: The Art of Breaking Rules

Moscow 1 month ago

A new exhibition at the Anatoly Zverev Museum pits four artists across time and genres.

Moscow 1 month ago

Time To Get Out of Here

Time To Get Out of Here

Moscow 1 month ago

The other day I heard the saddest thing: "Осень начинается через три месяца!” (Autumn begins in three months.) Just let that sink in. And once it has, you’ll want to book the ...

Moscow 1 month ago

Happy Russian Anniversary To Me

Happy Russian Anniversary To Me

Moscow 1 month ago

When you begin to study a foreign language, at first you are struck by all the differences. But then slowly but surely something really strange happens. It begins to make sense.

Moscow 1 month ago

Mastering a Polite 'No' in Russian

Mastering a Polite 'No' in Russian

Moscow 1 month ago

You know what to call your back-pedaling, postponing, shirking, and reneging. Then we come to the really tricky bit: what do you say? The art of what Russians call вежливый отказ (politely ...

Moscow 1 month ago

Just Between Us, the Russian Way

Just Between Us, the Russian Way

Moscow 1 month ago

In my file drawer of doctoral dissertations I will never write is one entitled: “Choice and Frequency of Parasitical Word Use Among Non-Native Speakers of Russian.” My personal parasite phrase is честно ...

Moscow 2 months ago

Cheat Sheet for Говорить

Cheat Sheet for Говорить

Moscow 2 months 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 2 months ago

How to Talk Like a Russian Diplomat

How to Talk Like a Russian Diplomat

Moscow 2 months 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 months ago

A Russian All-Righty

A Russian All-Righty

Moscow 2 months 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 2 months ago

An Earful of Russian

An Earful of Russian

Moscow 2 months 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 2 months ago

Trouble Translating Trump

Trouble Translating Trump

Moscow 2 months 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.