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More facts about the Russian language!

The Russian language is not only one of the most difficult but one of the richest for some peculiarities! Indeed, the Russian language is full of interesting insights and unusual facts that make it very curious.

1️⃣The number of letters in the Russian language hasn’t always been constant. As you might have already known, the youngest letter in Russian alphabet – Ё – appeared in the 1700s. So now there’re 33 letters in our alphabet.

2️⃣There’re only 74 words in the Russian language that start with the letter Й. At the same time, the most of Russians remember only three of them: йод, йога и йогурт.

3️⃣There’re almost no original Russian words in the language that start with the letter A!

4️⃣Nobody knows precisely how many words the Russian language contains. Of course, the language is constantly changing, therefore some words appear, but some get forgotten. Anyway, there’re almost 200 thousand words in the latest version of the Russian Vocabulary.

5️⃣The word кофе which means coffee is considered both as masculine and neuter. It’s a very common mistake in the Russian language when people say ‘черное кофе’ instead of ‘черный кофе’. In fact, according to the Russian vocabulary, it’s correct to say ‘черное кофе’, so in colloquial speech this is widely used.

6️⃣Many years ago, there was no such part of speech as numerals in our language. Such words as два, три, четыре related to adjectives, and пять, шесть – to nouns.

7️⃣The word метро also used to be masculine, but now it’s neuter. During the Soviet times even the newspaper «Советский метро» existed. Now nobody says so, and we say «Советское метро».

You must already know that Russian nature is so rich for the real wonders! We continue to meet you with the most beautiful and astonishing places in Russia which are not that popular among the tourists!

Lake Elton
It is the largest salt lake in Russia located in Volgograd oblast (Southern part of the country). Water salinity in summer can reach 400 g/l, which is 1.5 times higher than in the Dead Sea. The depth of the lake rarely exceeds 7 centimetres in the summer and 1.5 meters in the spring. At first glance, it seems that Elton Lake is absolutely lifeless, but this is not true. Dunaliella Salina — single-celled alga adapted to extremely harsh conditions — feels great here. Due to it, the water in the lake has such an unusual pink colour.

Charsky Sands
This is a desert located in Zabaykalsky Krai, twenty kilometres away from the Kodar glaciers among snow-capped mountains, dense taiga and vast marshes. The array extends from the south-west to the north-east in the direction of the prevailing winds and covers an area of about 50 km². It is easy to get to the Sands in the winter months, although it can be very cold during this period — up to minus 40-50 Celsius. In spring it’s much harder to see the Charsky Sands as high rivers cut off the place from the rest of the world. In May the sands are blooming cause the Transbaikal snowdrops breakthrough from under the ground.

Oymyakon
This place is the famous pole of the cold. It is considered the coldest point of the Northern Hemisphere and the coldest settlement on Earth. Snow lies in Oymyakon from 213 to 229 days a year. The temperature difference in summer and winter can reach more than 100 ° C. Children go to school at –50 ° C. Mostly people are engaged in cattle breeding, reindeer husbandry, fishing. The shortest day in December lasts for three hours, but in summer there is a midnight sun. Summer is also characterized by a large temperature difference: it can be +30 ° C in the day, and below zero at night.

Every language has some words which are so difficult to pronounce! Russian language isn’t an exclusion here. Moreover, many people call Russian one of the most difficult languages especially due to its pronunciation features. Here’re the most difficult words of the Russian language! Are you ready to practice?

Здравствуйте – is the first word that you pronounce when seeing anyone because it means ‘hello’. Russians usually use it in more formal conditions and often make mistakes when writing it! The problem is with so-called mispronounced consonant letter ‘в’ (which goes after ‘a’).

Достопримечательность – means ‘sight’ in Russian. This is the word that every tourist face during the travel to Russia. And every time nobody knows how to pronounce it! Probably, the only solution is to use Google Translator.

Защищающихся – even Lewis Caroll paid attention to this extremely difficult word. Once he travelled in Russia and put down this word which means ‘thоsе whо рrоtесt thеmsеlvеs’. Its transcription looked like this – ‘zаshtshееshtshауоushtshееkhsуа’.

Ыныкчанский – This is the name of a small village which had existed in Russia till 2008. The letter ‘Ы’ may often puzzle foreign learners as almost nobody knows how to pronounce it.  Usually Russian words don’t start with this letter, but ‘Ыныкчанский’ does.

Беззвездный – Russians call the sky which has no stars on it ‘беззвездное’. Indeed, two main problems you may face when pronouncing it are double ‘з’ and mispronounced ‘д’.

Воспользовавшемуся – even Russians make mistakes when typing or writing this word. It means ‘somebody that has used something’ and due to the big number of sibilant and soft consonants.

Сложновыговариваемые – this is the word which describes anything that’s hard to pronounce! By the way, all the words in this article are сложновыговариваемые! Can you pronounce it in a right way?

 

 

 

You know that the culture, people, food and, of course, nature are the best things every tourist wants to see in Russia! For sure, Moscow and Saint Petersburg are the largest cities in Russia, but there’s still a lot to see if you want to get closer to the Russian culture and history and better understand the mindset of Russians.

Nizhniy Novgorod

This city is well-known as a Russian historical centre and the main hub of river transport. Nizhniy Novgorod is located 400 km away from Moscow, so you can easily get there if you travel to the capital of our country. Here you can visit ancient Novgorod Kremlin, see a lot of signs of the Russian history like beautiful Orthodox churches, museums and monuments. This city is also popular among famous people who come to Russia, as they often choose Novgorod as a place to visit. By the way, did you know that Margaret Thatcher visited this city in 1993?

Kazan

Kazan is one of the most extraordinary cities in Russia. The architecture, people and the tastiest national dishes make this place truly outstanding and even magical. Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan Republic and Tatars comprise the largest part of the region’s population. As we’ve already mentioned, you’ll be definitely surprised with delicious national food: echpochmak (a kind of pastry with meat filling), chak-chak (crunchy dessert made of dough and honey syrup) and plov (which actually relates to the Uzbek cuisine, but very popular in Tatarstan). You won’t get hungry in Kazan!

Tula

The motherland of Tulskiy pryanik (gingerbread), this wonderful city is popular among tourists both from Russia and other countries. Why should you visit Tula? First of all, to try this famous gingerbread! This sweet honey taste won’t leave you cold. Secondly, you can enjoy the landscapes as well as Russian ancient architecture. Thirdly, it’s just less than 200 km away from Moscow! It’s always a good idea to change something and open the new places!

If you’re still considering the advantages and disadvantages of interning in Russian companies, this post is for you. We’re sure that such an internship will give an unforgettable experience which is useful for both your career and self-development.

Get an international experience and establish business connections

If you’re dreaming of working in an international company, the experience in Russia will become really useful for you! As an intern, you’ll discover the benefits of working in such companies and face the difficulties that may appear. For example, you’ll learn more about the mindset of Russian – how they make decisions, communicate, react to problems and obstacles, etc. Moreover, as a lot of our partnering companies are international, you’ll learn more about other cultures as well.

No routine work which isn’t related to your field

Our main aim is to give you an opportunity to develop your career, not just Therefore, we always try to find the companies with interesting projects for interns. These are usually international projects which help you apply your knowledge on practice and learn a lot about a new sphere of business.

Learn from professionals

If you don’t know something, it’s not a problem! Mentors from companies’ teams are always ready to help you and teach you. Learning is a key to your success, so, here the team is open to your questions. Many of our interns worked together with CEOs, and this is one more way to get the most valuable information from real professionals.

Tastiest food, traditions and myths 

This is one of the brightest advantages, and we assume, you’ll appreciate it as well as other work-related benefits. If you come to Russia, you should try everything here: food, culture, walking, theatres, etc. We hope you will be delighted with traditional Russian cuisine. And if you heard any myths or stereotypes about Russia, they might already shocked you. So, an internship is a great chance to get all the myths revealed!

Reading is an essential part of the learning process. If you can read well, you can open almost all the doors to the information on different languages. But nothing will help you there as much as practice. So, these tips and resources will help you to develop your skills every day.

Our main advice — start with thematic texts in Russian!

This is relevant for those who have just started learning Russian. The texts can be about everything: nature, family, house, seasons, transport, etc. First of all, you need to translate the words you don’t know as well as learn such texts by heart. In addition to this, try to speak aloud and tell these texts to yourself (even though this advice may seem strange). The results will appear soon and you’ll practice both understanding of the language, speaking and vocabulary.

And we’ve found cool websites with texts in Russian. Enjoy your learning process!

www.study-languages-online.com/russian-reading.html — here you can find not that many texts, but quite enough information on the pronunciation of particular sounds. After that, a few texts with ‘sound’ tips are offered to learners.

www.russianforfree.com/texts.php — a few texts for beginners and advanced learners are presented on this site. Here you can enjoy bilingual texts which are very convenient for those who just start to learn the new language. Below you can also find translations of the words that may puzzle you!

www.russianlessons.net/articles/index.php — this is a good website with bilingual texts in Russian and English. Moreover, here you can listen to the audio recordings of these texts in Russian. So, this is a great way to practice listening and speaking as well!