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]
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]
Please teach me how to say sexy and flirty things to my boyfriend in Russian. [more inside]
Is it a good idea to practice russian by reading english websites translated into russian via google translate? [more inside]
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]
Russian - What Does This Say? [more inside]
Do you know any good videos for young children to learn a little Russian? [more inside]
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.
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]
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.
Song from a Russian film score - lyrics translation wanted. [more inside]
Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
Is there any way I can replace the standard dictionary on my Nook Simple Touch with a Russian/English dictionary? [more inside]
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]
Help me give my fictional characters non-stereotyped names! Degree of difficulty: Iranian and Russian [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Please recommend a site for getting e-books in Russian for a Kindle. [more inside]
How do you phrase a dedication in Russian? [more inside]
Which Slavic language should I study? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
What is the best russian language school for english speakers in St. Petersburg? [more inside]
Is there any particularly Russian shout of celebration? Like "hooray!" or "hurrah!", but more Russian?
I spent most of my childhood in Ukraine. I am what you might call a heritage speaker of Russian (and, to a lesser extent, Ukrainian). What can I do with them? [more inside]
I am looking for a classical music piece, or snippet, connoting "toil" or "hardship", and I think it's Russian or at least Eastern European. [more inside]
I'm at different levels in three different languages I'm learning (French, Hebrew, Russian/Lithuanian). How to proceed in each? [more inside]
What's with all the kissing in Dostoyevsky's The Idiot? [more inside]
What was originally in this Russian box?
Vaguely remembered Russian/Soviet spy school in a movie: perfect small town America in the 1950s, everyone going about their business on Main Street. Camera pulls away to reveal that it's a set inside a secret spy-training school. Anyone know the name of the movie? [more inside]
LanguageFilter: I have resources coming out my ears (not literally) and need help to come up with a plan for actually learning Russian. I've never tried to learn a language outside a school setting before, and am not quite sure how to begin. [more inside]
Was there an 80s techno or dance track featuring some spoken Russian with a guy talking about Sputnik? I was guessing M.A.R.R.S' Pump Up the Volume, but none of the mixes I've found match, and my Google skills are failing me.
I'm looking for a guitar tab for the song Zhdat by the Russian band Marakesh, but I cannot navigate the murky Russian internet waters. Help?
In a Russian address, what do the abbreviations д., кв., and Ст. м. stand for? [more inside]
How much should we expect to pay for Russian to English translation services? [more inside]
Help me find more of a very particular type of Russian folk music. [more inside]
Help me find a Brooklyn nursing home for my grandfather. (asking for a friend) [more inside]
Bookish mystery: Help me identify the translation of Crime and Punishment I was reading. [more inside]
[RussianComicsFilter] What is this comic strip I used to read back in Russia? (NB: Probably did not originate in Russia) [more inside]
How would I go about finding pre-K programs, elementary, middle or high schools in Brooklyn that teach Russian as part of their daily routine? Looking for public or private, as well as after-school or weekend programs. Interested in programs for both heritage speakers and non-heritage speakers. Also, I know of only one such place so far - Bambi Academy - and am interested in what it is like or if there are similar schools. Ultimate goal is for my future kids to be fully bilingual. I'd be willing to move around the NYC / Long Island area, as well, if there are exceptional schools there that could help make this happen. Also interested in finding education-oriented blogs or forums for NYC, if that might help answer this question. [more inside]
Last night during the closing ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics, the Sochi presentation included classical music conducted from Vancouver. Can anyone recognize the pieces of music they used?
What's a good place to find a Russian-speaking job in the Fairfield county area? And what jobs (other than translation, teaching) require Russian speakers? [more inside]
Does anyone know how to make real Russian Black Bread? This would be from the Krasnadar/Black Sea area; it is dense, and tastes almost "stale," and not heavily-flavored.
Why is my Russian Dwarf Hamster so irritable lately? [more inside]
What is the (possibly Russian?) piece of music in this video about a Moscow performance artist who shares his home with a llama? I think it includes an accordion and a mandolin. [more inside]
Trying to remember the title of a tragicomic Russian novel I had just begun reading 5 years ago, before it somehow disappeared. From what I remember, the main character was an older woman who refused to adapt to the post-communist societal changes in Russia. It followed her story as she faced the changing landscape, and persecution in the face of her commitment to the old ideals.
Let's say I'm a Russian student in my mid-twenties. [more inside]