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What topics can I ask about here?

Russian Language and Usage is a Q&A site for people who are interested in studying or teaching Russian as well as for enthusiast and curious native speakers. We welcome questions about the Russian vocabulary and grammar, about the history of expressions, words and grammatical constructions as well as questions about their usage in the modern language.

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

Can I request a translation?

We do not forbid translation requests but note that this is not a translation service, so we will close any translation request that does not show research effort. Make sure you clearly show it in your question.

  • Russian to any language translations
    This kind of questions should be better asked in the sites dedicated to the destination language.
  • any language to Russian translations
    Welcome as long as you provide enough explanation/detail about the original expression/word and you also show research effort, of course.

Can I ask for resources?

We do not generally welcome resource requests. They are in danger of being "not constructive", because they expect a list-of-links kind of answers.

We have created a single resource question, where everybody can post their known resources for sharing and can use the other ones. Note that unless your question is very specific, we will close it as a duplicate.

Can I ask about the meaning of a single word?

Like Translation, show research effort. Before posting, check if:

  • It's in the dictionary;
  • It's easily found in a Google search.

If the answer to this two points is no, you can ask simple questions like this one.

Should I post in Russian or English?

Questions and answers can be written both in Russian and English on the Main Site only. The Meta site should be in English only, though. This is a request by the Stack Exchange team so they can communicate with us. So, on the Main site you can choose either language, but we suggest a guideline that has been used on other Stack Exchange sites as well:

  • If the question is in English, please answer in English;
  • If the question is in Russian, please answer in Russian.

In either case, if you're not as comfortable in the question's language, you can provide a brief but complete answer in the original language, and then a more detailed answer in your preferred language. Other users may help improve your translation. Translations are not mandatory, they are just helpful for users who are not fully bilingual. But keep in mind that if your answer is correct without providing a translation, the OP might not consider it as much as it deserves.

Note that in the Meta site, if you post in Russian, you should post an English version, because it's used by the SE team, which doesn't know Russian.

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

If your question is not specifically on-topic for Russian Stack Exchange, it may be on topic for another Stack Exchange site. If no site currently exists that will accept your question, you may commit to or propose a new site at Area 51, the place where new Stack Exchange communities are democratically created.

For more help, see "What types of questions should I avoid asking?"