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Russian word for female teacher

Училка is extremely disrespectful and nobody calls teachers like that apart from pupils, учительница is a widely accepted feminitive, so just go with it. There's ongoing discussion in Russian-language ...
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What exactly separates Russian swearing from others?

Grades of swear words The point is that the Russian "system" of swear words consists of several grades of rudeness. Say, light, medium and hard grades. First grade is more like childish level; some ...
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Difference between грусть, печаль, тоска?

Let's broaden your set of dark and depressive feelings. Грусть ≈ sadness. The shortest and the lightest. May be caused by bad weather or a sad film/song/book. Мне грустно от этой книги. Серое осеннее ...
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What is the difference between "число" and "количество"?

количество means quantity, and число means number. In the examples you cited they are synonymous, but not in all cases. For example you can say количество масла for amount of butter. Here, of course ...
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Что значит "ПО"? (What does the abbreviation "ПО" stand for?)

In this context, "ПО" stands for "программное обеспечение", i.e. "software".
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Russian word for female teacher

Whilst the previous answer gives a general understanding, I think it's worth adding a few more points here. All three options: "учитель", "учительница" or "училка" may actually take place and merely ...
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"Vrra" is a hispanization of which Russian word?

The salutation Ура! Ура! Ура! repeated three times (троекратное ура) is a usual greeting in the army used during parades, official meetings and performed by a chorus of military men. While being ...
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Meaning of "Похоже, ты к нему клеишься"

I don't think any of the variants fits. It seems you're making a move on him It seems you're hitting on him / trying to get with him
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Насколько архаично слово "магнитофон"? Что сегодня используется наиболее часто вместо него?

Магнитофон = tape recorder; соответственно, этот термин нисколько не архаичен, если используется по назначению (т.е. для описания именно этого устройства). "Плеер", пожалуй, сейчас используется ...
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"Kind regards" in Russian

"С уважением" literally - 'with respect'. It's a proper end of a mail, but you need to add your name to the end of the sentence: "С уважением, Албан." As noted by Artemix, "С уважением" can be used ...
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How to say "slam a door open/shut" in Russian?

Двери палаток хлопали, открываясь и закрываясь от ветра. Note that хлопнули is a single-event verb whereas хлопали is a multi-event verb which is probably what you wanted. I think you used "open ...
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"дочерям их не будет ни в пути, ни при Дворе никаких обид"

“дочерям их не будет ни в пути, ни при Дворе никаких обид” I am not a native speaker, but it is pretty straightforward, so I cannot miss the rare opportunity to answer: "Their daughters won't suffer ...
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In "феминизм такой феминизм" - what does "такой" mean?

Такой means such. The main point is not what такой means, but why the other word is repeated. Feminism is such feminism. In this phrase the second repeated word replaces a normal adjective there. It'...
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Насколько архаично слово "магнитофон"? Что сегодня используется наиболее часто вместо него?

Магнитофон is actually a name of the device that plays audio records that are written to a magnetic tape. It could be a cassette player, or a reel-to-reel tape recorder. If you want to disambiguate ...
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Anyone want to expand on what "можения" means?

The reason why the word was divided with a dash is that the rhyme demands it. Прочь влияния извне, Привыкайте к новизне, Вдох глубокий до изне- можения! And Vysotsky actually ...
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Почему зовут символ @ "собака"? Why is the @-symbol called "dog"?

Одна из версий происхождения названия «собака»: на алфавитно-цифровых мониторах персональных компьютеров серии ДВК (1980-е годы) «хвостик» рисуемого на экране изображения этого символа был очень ...
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"Радио" or "ра́дио"

Both forms are correct. The "accent" is a stress mark. Stress marks are omitted in most books. They are printed in books for beginner readers, and in words where a change of stress would change the ...
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Two different pronunciation of "понял"

Поня́л is a stress pattern pertaining to speech of grammarless native speakers, very low register. Sometimes it can be used jokingly, with tongue in cheek, in informal conversations as a curt ...
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How to remember the differences between all of the "-гляд-" verbs?

Often one can infer the meaning of the word in Russian by analyzing prefixes and suffixes. Because there are stable patterns. However, one also needs to consult a dictionary, because there are so ...
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Is "соблюдатель" a valid word?

There's no such word "соблюдатель". You may say "стать блюстителем существующего порядка и охранником международных правил" if you mean one who makes others obey the order ("блюститель порядка" is ...
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Questions about "бежать" and "побежать"

The difference between бе́гать and побе́гать is not just aspectual. Побе́гать is in line with other similar verbs such as посиде́ть, постоя́ть, покури́ть all meaning 'to do something (сиде́ть, стоя́ть,...
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What does всевеликий mean?

It's a Church Slavonic calque from Greek παμμέγιστοσ ("the greatest of all"). The Greek word had been used as a title of several Christian saints in medieval Greek literature and was calqued by ...
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Are "окидывать взглядом" and "заглядывать" interchangeable?

I think they don't have the same general meaning. "Заглядывать-заглянуть + Accusative (куда?)" means "to peep in", "to look into", "to have a look at" or "to drop in", "to call in". So, normally this ...
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Difference between царь and король?

The difference is mainly in word origin. Царь comes from Caesar and король comes from the name Карл, and its derivatives are used in Eastern Europe (however, it's цар in Bulgaria). The word king ...
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Difference between "пасть" and "упасть"

Пасть came to be a lofty metaphorical term, covering probably all cases where falling is used as a lofty metaphor: of a slain combatant (пасть в бою); of a city, kingdom, etc. (Рим пал); of an ...
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How to say "moving in to a new house"

The verb is переехать Переехать в новый дом, в новую квартиру, переехать в другой город. The verb is perfective. Its imperfective pair is переезжать. За свою жизнь они несколько раз переезжали ...
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Two different pronunciation of "понял"

по́нял [пон’ил] is the only correct form use for either questioning and confirmation. поня́л [пан’ал] is an informal form commonly used to question (the closest would be "do you get it?"). It's not ...
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"дочерям их не будет ни в пути, ни при Дворе никаких обид"

Обида in this (quite archaic) sense means "wrong, harm, mischief". Shahkturov promised the girls' fathers that they (the daughters) will be treated well and no harm would be done to them. ...
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Difference between "объединяйтесь" and "соединяйтесь"?

In the modern language, соединяться means "to connect". In the past, соединяться was used in several different meanings which are now expressed by the other words: "To unite". In the modern language,...
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Vocabulary in a computer game

I think it is not exactly a pefect question for this particular forum, but here it is. I am a game developer, fortunately. As you asked, I tried to provide sort of "typical" names for such options in ...
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