I'm planning on moving to Russia for 4-5 months - Moscow or St. Petersburg? [more inside]
I'll be taking the Trans-Siberian from Beijing to Moscow, leaving next Saturday. I'd like to spend my five days on the train doing a cram course and learning as much basic Russian as I can. I already know the alphabet, and some very basic phrases (ie. "where is the metro?"). Are there any good online courses I can print out and take with me? [more inside]
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What is this? It's in Russian. Inside is a clear gel.
About a year ago there was a thread bouncing around the net about a Russian painting that some psychiatrist claimed contained clues to the painter's psychological condition(s). Anyone recall this? [more inside]
Foreign language "bibles" (superlative, comprehensive language resources) for language-learning lovers? [more inside]
Is there any point learning German? [more inside]
I have been reading Curzio Malaparte's Kaput. In it, he describes an Orthodox order of monks who raise families and then enter servitude to be castrated and then become penitents. I can't find any information online about this group though, even a name, any help?
What can I do in the short and medium term to improve my ability to evaluate Russian poetry? [more inside]
Who is the supposed historian (may be an ex-physicist, think he's Russian) who had demonstrated that human written history is only half as old as we believe it to be? I think the core of his argument was that documents referring to events thousands of years ago, actually referred to events hundreds of years ago, that history was fore-shortened. [more inside]
Music Filter: Can you recommend some contemporary Russian music? [more inside]
What does "peredelok" mean? [more inside]
Dirty Russian translation please. I have a Russian co-worker who showed me a russian word (with english spelling) but won't tell me what it means. Words can be found inside. Can you translate? [more inside]
Gift Ideas for a person interested in Economics and Russian [more inside]
Please settle an ill-informed bar argument re. Russian Roulette. [more inside]
Russian-translation-filter: Please help me understand the linguistic nuances in Tolstoy's famous quote, "There was something terribly lacking between what I felt and what I could do." (here in English) How accurate is this translation in your view? What is missing from it? What if anything does it add which is not there in Russian? [more inside]
Please help me locate a collection of Russian/Eastern Bloc short stories. I read this book when I was kid because it belonged to my parents and I want to read it again. If not the book, I'd like to find the two most memorable stories. One concerns a snowman and the other is a reflection on life while falling out of a window to one's death. Details inside... [more inside]
Russian narcotics terminology translation help, please. NSFW. [more inside]
CrazyRussianMusicVideoFilter: I saw a great video by a Russian band from maybe 15 years ago, centering around an insane guy (real video, but made to look old), a cat (animated), and a painting that shows a doctor coming to bring him something (just strange). I was told the song was essentially about the same, and possibly titled with something about a cat. The band was named something like ночь, but youtube isn't coming up with anything like what I remember. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Does anyone know where I can find valenkis rus boots (with the rubber galosh) either online or in Chicago? The website doesn't seem to exist anymore. I found this one, but I'm not too keen on the Soviet imagery, I just want warm feet. Anyone seen these around?
Need female russian authors with two syllable names. To name a dog. [more inside]
Proverb origins? Everyone knows the monkey, but the monkey knows no one. [more inside]
I want to read Russian literature - what do I read? [more inside]
I need to review Russian badly (up to the speaking/writing/listening level of a minor in Russian). I have a semester (two is doable but pushing it) to devote to this. I need some kind of structured process to go about this--while I have textbooks and some materials from years ago it's not enough. Does anyone have any suggestions for other good tutorials? Syllabi? Quick-review websites?
When I search Google from the Firefox address bar I get Russian results - why and how can I fix it? [more inside]
I saw a very strange and interesting-looking movie on I *think* Showtime yesterday at about 4-5 PM. It involved Russians. Any ideas? [more inside]
Does anyone know a good (but fairly simple) recipe for Kvas, the delicious Russian soft drink made from bread? I tried some the other day and I'm addicted. I'm drinking gallons of it.
I need to catalog a reprint of a book of Constructivist graphic designs. Everything's in Russian and German. Can anybody tell me more about it? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good Czech pronunciation guide. [more inside]
I'm trying to remember information about an experimental film, possibly Russian, most likely from the first half of the 20th century, and neither google nor my memory are offering much help. The key element is that the artist built something like a tripod, but with the capability of full, spherical rotation of the camera, 360 degrees around all possible axes. [more inside]
Does anyone out there have a list of key commands for the Russian version of Microsoft Word (in cyrillic)?
My co-workers agree that a Russian colleague has an off-putting attitude. Is this a personality conflict or a cultural misunderstanding? [more inside]
I'm looking for a music download service that includes non-standard music, most importantly, Russian folk music, and a wide selection of Classical music. [more inside]
How to import text into SuperMemo? [more inside]
Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music - Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов
Can anyone transcribe this into Cyrillic for me? There is [more inside]
Is it possible to purchase authentic Kvas around Boston or Chicago? [more inside]
Recommend some good Russian songs for guitar? [more inside]
Is it common for Americans to incorrectly assume that Russian is only spoken in Russia but forget that it is also a common language in the former Soviet states? [more inside]
Are there any recorded versions of "Krutitzuh Viertitzuh" other than Cynthia Dall's? [more inside]
How can I view Russian (Cyrillic) text on my Palm Zire 31? [more inside]
What should I read in Russian and where can I get it? [more inside]
While on exchange in Russia (near Novgorod), I was served two foods that I loved but have not been able to find again, and don't know the names for. First was a confection -- semi-dried but juicy berries covered in powdered sugar, about the size of blueberries, but red with lots of little seeds, that came in a small box. Second was a cake that seemed to be made of dozens of layered pancakes with some sort of cream or frosting in between. Anyone know what these are, and where I can find them or a recipe for them in the US?
I found this page of Russian illustrations from films via Kottke this morning, and am curious if anyone can help identify the films. Some are obvious (The Terminator, Spiderman, LOTR, The Matrix) others less so...
Help me recreate my grandmother's deviled egg recipe. [more inside]
PYCCKO! To my Russian friends! What does this pin say, and what does it mean? [more inside]
I am concerned that a CD I've committed to buy on eBay is a counterfeit. The item's identification number is 4881752639. My concerns were raised after I read some of the seller's feedback from buyers and consequently the feedback the seller has left for them. Also, some buyers have gone so far as to create warning pages for others. There's even damning comments on Znooq's blog about the exact same item I've bought. [more inside]
While searching the usual poster sites to fill my bare walls, I came across this striking image, which is identified only as "Russian Film Poster". Can anyone identify the film? I'd like to see the movie before I go slapping its poster up on my wall.