Христос воскрес/Happy Easter everyone!
To celebrate the Orthodox Easter, which was last Sunday, we decided to decorate eggs…
… and “break” them. 😉
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th at 4:30 PM, the Russian Department will be hosting guest lecturer Leah Gilbert in Ford 122 (the film studies theater) to talk about the Ukraine Crisis.
Leah Gilbert “is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Lewis and Clark College. Her research and teaching interests include democratization, civil society, regime theory, post-communist politics (with an emphasis on Russia), and European politics (with an emphasis on Germany).” She will provide context for the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine. She will consider Russia’s actions in the light of regime dynamics and public opinion.
See you there!
March 8th was International Women’s Day! So a very happy 8th of March to all!
Our Maslenitsa celebration (i.e. the Russian Mardi Gras) this year was yet another wonderful success, with some 200 people or so attending the event! Also, for the first time ever, we invited Willamette University’s Poi Club to come perform fire dancing!
We were even featured in the Statesman Journal – check out it out here!
Hello fellow Russian enthusiasts!
Did you know that you can listen to Russian rock on the local radio? Every Sunday night from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, on KMUZ 88.5!
You can listen to it streaming online here: http://kmuz.org/
And like the Russian classic rock hour on Facebook here!: https://www.facebook.com/RussianRockRadio
Wanted to know a cool trick to help you find TV shows and films in Russian?
- Look up what you’d like to watch on Wikipedia
- Switch Wikipedia to Russian
- Copy and paste the title of your show/movie into a search bar
- Find your show/movie!
This insures that you get the correct translation of the title of your entertainment. Just be careful when exploring sites you’re unfamiliar with!
Listening to music in a foreign language can a great (and fun!) source of language review. It can enhance your vocabulary, pronunciation, grammer, and cultural understanding. Plus, I have a crazy theory that it helps me do better on my Russian homework!
With that, here is a list of wonderful Russian songs! I suggest you make a Youtube playlist of them. That way, you get suggestions on Youtube for even more Russian music!
- Вера Брежнев & Dan Balan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec8Yui1PmTs
- Потап и Вера Брежнева http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80-0lWcCKcI
- Меладзе http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0o4j1qnO6Y
- Меладзе & Виа Гра http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rav-frJx_7w
- Зара http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kSredCo9R4
- Киркоров http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12LXHiYGrvA
- Дайнеко http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpWQCzRSAkw
- Гагарина http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT8ElbZTGdg
- Quest Pistols http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhF5fswJ6hY
- Иванушки http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5Z9-4JV99c
- Давай за (let’s do it for) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kvM-WCXxok
- Там за туманами (there, beyond the fog) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDs3H6_Z27Q
- Не валяй дурака, Америка (get your act together, America) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wuq1EE8ymc
- Конь (stallion) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOwgABNW47E
- Комбат (combat) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ywWYSBmAdk
- Виктор Цой: Перемен (changes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU8csnZxdPA
- Виктор Цой: Группа Крови (blood type) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa35wOqLkzA
- Девочка Видение http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f65p6S6FE8g
- Город 312 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXXN-h9hpQo
- Земфира – Хочешь? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpJ_fYyAeYk
- Океан Ельзи – Без Бою (Ukrainian, but you have to listen to it) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbkEVJgrBUs
Perhaps you’ve noticed that on the My Russian Space on the WISE site, a new button has showed up entitled “Quizlet.” This is our new online flashcard program that the Language Learning Center has provided for students to use! If you click on it, you’ll find that flashcards are already made for all of the Russian vocabulary words from the Live From Russia textbook. In addition, there are a ton of awesome ways to study these vocabulary words through Quizlet. So explore the site and enjoy (the LLC Russian Liaison should stop by your Russian class soon to explain further).
Another thing to note: right next to the Quizlet button on the WISE site is the Sign Up button for Russian tutoring. Probably the best way to master the Russian language and succeed in class is by practicing with a native speaker, and you will be able to do just that by clicking that button and signing up for Russian tutoring with the Russian Language Assistant Anastasia. So sign up and watch your grade soar up! 😀
That’s all folks! Thanks for reading!