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How can "to teach" and "to learn" be translated to Russian?

I know that there are several Russian verbs can be used to translate the English verbs "to teach", "to study", and "to learn", e.g. учить, выучить, научить, учиться, изучать, ... However, I am a bit ...
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The history and meaning of "ни фига себе"

I understand how the expression is used pretty well, but wonder where did it come from? What exactly does фиг mean?
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Is there a vocabulary list comparable to Basic English?

Basic English and its kin are artificial dialects which represent, among other features, a carefully-pared-down vocabulary intended to be fairly comprehensive and expressive for its thrift. The ...
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What is the Russian translation of "excited about something"?

I find it very hard to translate "excited" to Russian. Dictionary says "взволнованный, возбуждённый" which doesn't fit in most cases. For example how would you translate the following sentences: ...
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What's the difference between -либо and -нибудь?

The pairs кто-нибудь and кто-либо, когда-нибудь and когда-либо etc. have slight differences in meaning and each particle is used in specific settings, but I can't quite pinpoint what the difference is....
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Is there a word that starts with "ы"?

I remember from my school years that there is no such thing as a word that starts with 'ы'. Is this true? If so, is there something fundamental that prevents this from happening? If no, can anybody ...
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Russian words for magic. Etymology, usage and connotations

Something that I realised early on when learning Russian were the different words Russians would use where an English speaker would just say magic: The first word I came into contact with was ...
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Can I encounter "aлгорифм" nowadays in any context. And in past?

This very question is inspired by the question "Are there words that can be spelled with both т and ф". One of the answer states that There is an interesting issue with the word алгоритм. ...
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В чем разница между словами "подвижник" и "поборник"?

Подвижник В словаре Ефремовой определяется как Самоотверженный труженик. а в словаре Ожегова: Человек, героически принявший на себя тяжёлый труд или лишения ради достижения высокой цели Пример ...
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Suffixes for feminine professions: "-ша", "-ка", "-иха", "-ыня", "-ица"

Is there actually a rule for forming feminine names of professions? I can come up with several examples (and some of the examples are colloquial, but nevertheless widespread), but I cannot figure out ...
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