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How can I improve my listening comprehension?
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I can tell you as an American in your predicament not long ago, that I really benefitted from the tons of dialogs on the (free) site, learnrussian.rt.com for several reasons: they speak at a very ...

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Question about "вот вы где"?
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This simply means "There you are!" Actually вот can be used quite productively with interrogative words to form such expressions of eureka: Так вот почему он не унаследовал семейный бизнес. So ...

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С днём рождения или с днем рождения?
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They are both the same, except that in most cases, Russians write "e" instead of "ë", because they instinctively know when to pronounce it which way. So even though one is spelled днём and the other ...

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why the verb is singular in this sentence?
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You are correct - человек is actually the genitive plural form of человек. Alternatively людей is used as the genitive plural of the same word. The verb is in the neuter past tense because plurality ...

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Case use in simple sentence
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Actually, the entire noun phrase [мой любимый спорт] is the subject of the sentence. In other words, all the elements of the phrase: the possessive adjective мой, the adjective любимый and the noun ...

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What's the difference between "я русский" and "я русская"
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Я русский would be spoken by a male, whereas Я русская would be spoken by a female. And to complete the picture, Мы русские would be spoken by two or more people.

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"Вы пройдете мимо" is "you pass by" or "you will pass"?
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In verbs of motion, prefixed forms of -идти are perfective and prefixed forms of -ходить are imperfective. Therefore пройдёте means "you will pass by" whereas прохо́дите means "you (generally) pass ...

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Использование "я" и "мне"
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Мне actually means "to me" and is in the dative case, whereas я means "I" and is in the nominative case. To review: The nominative is the case of the subject of the sentence. In this case я: The ...

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Why Как твои дела? Твои is for a plural subject
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The plural word дела́ things is the subject here. Think of it as your things are how, except inverted for a question. The noun де́ло belongs to a class of nouns that are stressed on the stem in the ...

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Onomatopoeia for "boing!"
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If I'm not mistaken, I've seen the word БЗДЫНЬ used in reference to a gong, a bell and a spring in cartoons. Let the natives confirm (I'm American :)

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What does чем mean in "Не нужно объяснять, чем так хороша физическая активность зимой."?
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I would translate this sentence as follows: Не нужно объяснять, чем так хороша физическая активность зимой. The benefits of exercising in the winter need no explanation / go without explaining / ...

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If 'ять' sounds like 'yat' then what does 'ят' sound like?
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If you're British, then you probably already use a soft [t] in the word tune, as compared to how we Americans say the same word. You basically say тюн and we say тун. If you can, isolate the first ...

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Can you explain the grammar of В чем проблема? to me?
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The best way to look at this pattern is literally (albeit not too idiomatic) "Wherein lies the problem?" in what (is) (the) problem? Other examples: В чём ра́зница? - what's the difference? Lit: ...

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How to sarcastically say "good job"
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Obviously I'm not Russian, however I have seen the word красава used in this way, and I believe it means something like "good one!" "good going!" The natives will have to weigh in.

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Noun case and plurality
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You're correct - there are rules that make it clear. The Russian speaker instictively knows that the verb иметь takes the accusative and not the genitive case. However in a negative context, it ...

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What part of speech is "было" in this sentence?
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Было here is a PARTICLE with a force similar to English "started to" or "was starting to:" "It's a good thing he turned up - I was starting to think they kidnapped him too."

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Is there a word that sound like сёк?
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Etymologically speaking, сёк (>сечь) comes from the Indo-European root *sek- cutting, from which English derives words such as sock (in the sense of hitting), saw (both the tool and the use of it), ...

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Cases taken by verbs
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Unfortunately, there's no short answer to this question. In a lot of verbs, you'll find that English and Russian agree on an accusative (direct) object, and even on a dative (indirect) object. The ...

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How to interpret "как раз" in this context?
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The are two ways to interpret как раз in this context to express that a condition or situation is viewed as an "added bonus," as it were: to boot can be added to the end of the statement: ...and it's ...

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Directionality of prefixed verbs of motion in present and future
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I believe what Duolingo is trying to tell you, not very effectively, is that unprefixed verbs of motion have two imperfectives: (1) the so-called iterative (2) and the multidirectional. Aside from ...

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The concept behind prefixes & verbs in the Russian language
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I have two suggestions for you: You can enter the prefixed forms of your new verbs in Reverso Context in order to see how that verb is used in different contexts. A lot of the material on this site ...

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Declension chart
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You can find the declension of any noun, adjective, and the conjugation of any verb on this site. Just enter a word (in any form) in the top field and select словоформы from the dropdown menu that ...

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To what vowel are unstressed "е", "и" and "я" reduced to? Is it an /ɪ/ or an /ə/?
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In standard Russian pronunciation based on the Moscow dialect, я or a consonant ending in -я, or one of the soft syllables ча or ща have the vowel reduced to [ɪ] when they occur directly before the ...

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Russian dictionary with IPA transcription
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The closest thing to a dictionary with transcription that I've found online is rhymes, which gives full declensions for nouns and adjectives, as well as full conjugations of verbs, and can optionally ...

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How does до сих пор mean 'still'
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In terms of whether it means "still," as a Russian learner myself, I've noticed that there are several ways to express "still" in Russian. Here are just the ones I've learned, with their literal ...

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Tables of verbs conjugation
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In my experience, the very best verb conjugation site is http://rifmovnik.ru because it not only fully conjugates verbs, it also gives aspect pairs (or more), it shows the stress for all forms, it ...

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Which of the open source speech synthesizers is the best for Russian Language?
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I've gone through three voices, which I installed on my computer to read me Russian. None of them were great, but they were robotic and had terrible intonations. While i was researching better Russian ...

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Difference between '-ться', and '-тся'?
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Actually ь is there to indicate the infinitive. However, there is no distinction in pronunciation between -ться and -тся : they're both pronounced -тца. смея́ться - [сме•я́т•ца] infinitive ...

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Use of не стану [делать]
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IN SUMMARY and to make sure I understand all your answers: it's a matter of personal volition. If you said something and I didn't understand you, I can't say "Извини, я не стал понимать" because I had ...

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How do I ask "Really?" in Russian?
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В натуре? WARNING: Very slang and rough. Your Russian friends'll crack up that you even know this expression 😂 It's basically prison talk, and they'll invariably tell you not to use it. However, it'...

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