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Great lenguage irrelevat activities?

My wife is finally going to meet my family. Problem, they don't speak English, She doesn't speak Russian. What are good non speech dependent fun activities we can all do? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jun 9, 2014 - 28 answers

Russian translation filter

I collect buttons and have acquired a set of Russian buttons. Can anyone help me with translating them? This is an imgur gallery of the buttons. Clicking on an image will zoom in. The numbers are consistent from photo to photo. Thanks for your help!
posted by sacrifix on Apr 28, 2014 - 12 answers

Getting faster at reading in-language

I'm a fast reader in English. I want to get faster at reading in Russian (in which I am fluent, but rarely use at this point). How can I do this?
posted by aaanastasia on Apr 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Where in the SF Bay Area can I get Pliny the Elder on tap?

Where in the SF Bay Area (including the South Bay) can I find Pliny the Elder on tap? I know about Bobby G's in Berkeley, but they've been out of it the last few times I've gone. (Is there a particular day of the week when you have to go?) I also know about this list, but it doesn't really help that much, since you can't tell which of those locations sells Pliny on tap.
posted by mikeand1 on Mar 12, 2014 - 13 answers

Can you translate a Pussy Riot song into English?

Looking for an English translation for Pussy Riot's "Putin Will Teach You How to Love". [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Feb 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Russian Cursive

Where can I see numbered diagrams for handwriting each Cyrillic letter?
posted by slowlikemolasses on Dec 5, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I make my "red tape menace" costume theme more clear

11th hour costume question: how can I make the theme behind "red tape menace" (bureaucratic Russian, with literal red tape) more apparent? As I'm in charge of reviewing public applications of sorts, I have been called a "red tape machine" by family members, and I like the general idea/joke, especially as this is a costume to wear to work. The elements of my costume can be seen here. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Is it worth it to leave Moscow (SVO) airport during 17 hr layover?

I will be transiting SVO (Moscow) airport during a round trip from NYC to Bangkok... [more inside]
posted by bunky on Oct 9, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I type stress marks on Mac OS using the Russian keyboard?

How can I type stress marks on Mac OS X using the Russian keyboard? I'm talking about, for example, the ´ marks like in "Соединённые Шта́ты Аме́рики"—the а́ and the е́. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Sep 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Seeking Russian learning resources

I'd like more and better (preferably Internet-based) resources for learning Russian. Cyrillic alphabet instruction not needed. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Sep 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Tell me more about this Russian jacket

I like the jackets worn by the 6 people focused on at 2:20-2:27 of this video. Are they part of some kind of uniform/cultural reference, or are they made just for this video? Where can I learn more about them?
posted by JDHarper on Aug 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Russian translation for Android App

I am creating an Android app and it would have some attraction to Russians, especially in the West, so I need a small amount of translation done. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Aug 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Why did the Russian cut a hole in his shirt for his necklace?

A couple months back I was loading a truck and the Russian/Slavic-looking/sounding driver (and the name of the truck line/owner printed on the truck was definitely Slavic) had a hole cut in his shirt and his necklace/pendant was pulled thru the hole so that it was visible. My somewhat foggy memory thinks it was something religious icon-y. My question: Is this something other than an individual quirk and if so can you tell me about it?
posted by J0 on May 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Tips for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language?

What are your tips and techniques for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Feb 26, 2013 - 15 answers

In Russia, Travel somethings You!

We're thinking of travelling to Tula for our honeymoon. How hard is it to travel in Russia these days, if you're not going to a usual travel destination? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Feb 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Script for Krokodil Gena

I'm learning Russian right now. I wonder if there's a website that has the whole script for the 1971 Soviet cartoon, Cheburashka. I've been using Yandex and Google and I didn't get any result for the past few days. Thank you.
posted by sanskrtam on Feb 12, 2013 - 4 answers

What's Misha the bear's last name?

In Russian fairy tales, bears are named Misha. Or so my girlfriend, a student of Russian, says; so does Wikipedia and this New York Times blog which quotes something saying "all Russian bears are named Misha". But does this Russian bear have a last name? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Jan 28, 2013 - 10 answers

How to copy/paste Cyrillic characters from PDF?

For years, I've accepted as fact that Russian-language PDFs don't play nice with other programs. That if you tried to paste copied text into Word or Notepad, you'd get gibberish characters. (I work on two laptops, one with Windows Vista and Acrobat, the other Windows 7 and Reader.) Are there any clever workarounds or programs I should know about? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart on Jan 19, 2013 - 7 answers

English Subtitles for "Moscow I love you."

There is a film series of short films called "cities of love." The most common one is "New York, I love you." and "Paris, j t'aime" which are all over the place. However, my friend said "Moskva, ya lyublyu tebya!" (Moscow, I love you) is really good, but I can't find the English subtitles. I already have the movie, I just need the subtitles file. (Though hints on finding the movie with subtitles is also appreciated!) Any ideas where to look? This movie seems to be really obscure!
posted by pandorasbox on Jan 18, 2013 - 1 answer

In Soviet Russia, Cucumber Eats YOU!

In Soviet Russia, Cucumber Eats YOU!: okay, I can't believe I'm using a question on this, but I've been driven mad by it for years: my dad claims that Russians eat cucumbers in a certain distinctly Russian manner, and that Yul Brynner once ate one that way in a film. Do they? Did he? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 6, 2012 - 15 answers

I need a Russian Larousse Gastronomique

Can anyone recommend any good all-around Russian-English or Russian-French culinary dictionaries, online or in print? [more inside]
posted by ivan ivanych samovar on Nov 23, 2012 - 21 answers

Where can I combine nordic skiing with Russian language immersion - outside Russia?

Outside Russia, where can I combine cross country skiing with Russian language immersion? [more inside]
posted by nihotaniwha on Nov 20, 2012 - 5 answers

How does one become a High School Russian teacher

How do I go about getting hired for a position that doesn't exist: a High School Russian teacher? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Sep 28, 2012 - 20 answers

Is there a term for this kind of punning word play?

Attention, language types of MetaFilter: The Russian word poshlost' is roughly equivalent to the English "banality" or "self-satisfied mediocrity." Vladimir Nabokov wittily rendered it as poshlust ("posh" + "lust"), and described it as "not only the obviously trashy but mainly the falsely important, the falsely beautiful, the falsely clever, the falsely attractive." Is there a specific term for this kind of word play? [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Sep 27, 2012 - 4 answers

how to add new dictionaries on mac osx?

Is there any way of adding new dictionaries to the system dictionary app for Mac OSX? I am learning russian and would love to be able to highlight a word and receive an english-to-russian or even just russian definition. [more inside]
posted by 221bbs on Sep 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Sweet and sexy Russian phrases

Please teach me how to say sexy and flirty things to my boyfriend in Russian. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 - 1 answer

Reading english websites in russian to practice russian

Is it a good idea to practice russian by reading english websites translated into russian via google translate? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Jul 10, 2012 - 16 answers

Russian Translation

I have several identical Bonds written entirely in ?Cyrillic/Russian and would much appreciate their headings translated for me. (No need for a full translation!) Here is a picture. [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld on Jun 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Russian Language - Can You Help?

Russian - What Does This Say? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Jun 7, 2012 - 9 answers

to Russia with love

Do you know any good videos for young children to learn a little Russian? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on May 17, 2012 - 11 answers

What are the Russian Lyrics to this song?

I'm looking for lyrics (in Russian/Cyrillic) to this song. I'm not familiar enough with russian to do more than pick out a few words. I don't want the English lyrics, I would like to figure that part out myself. :) Any help at all would be appreciated.
posted by subarctic_guy on May 11, 2012 - 2 answers

What should I bring back from Russia?

I am visiting Russia in June - Moscow, St Petersburg and Magadan. What should I buy while I'm there? Which food items, clothing, booze or um anything-at-all are wonderful, affordable and hard to find elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Apr 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Where does protest live online (I'm not Putin, honest)

I am an English speaker learning Russian. I am also interested in the recent protest movements in and around Moscow. Where are the forums/twitter accounts/facebook accounts/blogs where opinions are being formed? They will be used as a resource in learning the language and understanding contemporary russian politics.
posted by 221bbs on Mar 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Russian translation?

Song from a Russian film score - lyrics translation wanted. [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Mar 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Can you recommend passages to memorize?

Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Russian dictionary support on the Nook Simple Touch?

Is there any way I can replace the standard dictionary on my Nook Simple Touch with a Russian/English dictionary? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Feb 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Speaking Russian in Asia

Why are there so many Taiwanese, Japanese, and S. Koreans learning Russian as a foreign language? My American-bred stereotype is that Asians tend to study topics which are industrial and "useful": engineering, English. So is there something I'm missing here if it's for personal pleasure? Or if it is just for business, what are the specific industries, commodities, and companies that make Russian applicable in that region of Asia? [more inside]
posted by peachtree on Jan 31, 2012 - 17 answers

What should my characters be named?

Help me give my fictional characters non-stereotyped names! Degree of difficulty: Iranian and Russian [more inside]
posted by Lady Gaga on Oct 9, 2011 - 29 answers

How to convince my Kazakh student that her unlocked iPhone will work in Kazakhstan

Do you know anything about Kazakhstan, or how to say "the phone is already unlocked" in Russian? How about using an iPhone in Kazakhstan? Please help me reassure my extremely skeptical Kazakh student that her new, unlocked phone will work at home -- huge bonus points if you can do it in Russian (or Kazakh)! [more inside]
posted by amtho on Sep 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Shape-based transliteration between alphabets?

Is there a name for the practice of transliterating between alphabets, but doing substitutions based purely on shape, not sound? e.g., Я becomes R, З becomes 3, И becomes N... [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Aug 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Please help me make this Russian-speaker's computer work better for her (iTunes, WiFi)

How can I configure WiFi and iTunes on a Windows 7 machine, when not only don't I know much about Windows 7, but the entire user interface is in Russian? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Russian e-books on a Kindle?

Please recommend a site for getting e-books in Russian for a Kindle. [more inside]
posted by whimwit on Jun 21, 2011 - 8 answers

How do you phrase a dedication in Russian?

How do you phrase a dedication in Russian? [more inside]
posted by demiurge on May 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Language Geekery: Slavic Edition

Which Slavic language should I study? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Apr 27, 2011 - 33 answers

Why does this Russian translation not match up?

There's a "Trimet Respects Civil Rights" notice on all the public transit vehicles in Portland. It's one straightforward paragraph translated into 6 languages. Why is it that in the [what I believe to be] Russian translation, the word "Trimet" only appears once, whereas in the 5 other languages it appears twice? [more inside]
posted by desertface on Apr 14, 2011 - 6 answers

"satavaziru"... what does it mean!?

A guy in Tallinn pointed at me and said something that sounded like "satavaziru!" (emphasis on the "zi" syllable). What might that mean? [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru on Apr 13, 2011 - 12 answers

Identify the alien rubik's cube movie

Identify the 80's movie (could be a TV episode): "Toys" found on the moon by astronauts are brought back to earth and turn out to open alien portals which are discovered to be the true source of unsolved "kidnappings". [more inside]
posted by white light on Mar 14, 2011 - 1 answer

Danger's my middle name.

Someone I met once mentioned to me that her name, Judy, meant "catastrophe" in Russian, her mother's native language. Is this true? Do I have the details wrong? What Russian word was she talking about?
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Feb 21, 2011 - 4 answers

In Soviet Russia, language learns you.

What is the best russian language school for english speakers in St. Petersburg? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Jan 6, 2011 - 3 answers

All space capsules have returned safely, and vodka production has been increased!

Is there any particularly Russian shout of celebration? Like "hooray!" or "hurrah!", but more Russian?
posted by Artw on Nov 12, 2010 - 7 answers

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