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Posted by: galfinit | March 19, 2015 | No Comment |

Check out these darling белочки (little squirrels) Russian artist Vadim Trunov has photographed!

To see the rest of these stunning visual compositions, click here. :)

under: Culture

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!

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Posted by: galfinit | March 10, 2015 Comments Off |

March 8th was International Women’s Day! So a very happy 8th of March to all!

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Maslenitsa 2015 – Another Huge Success!

Posted by: galfinit | March 5, 2015 Comments Off |

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!

under: Russian @ Willamette

Russian Radio

Posted by: galfinit | March 17, 2014 Comments Off |

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


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Finding Films and TV Shows in Russian

Posted by: galfinit | March 14, 2014 Comments Off |

Hello again!)

Wanted to know a cool trick to help you find TV shows and films in Russian?

  1. Look up what you’d like to watch on Wikipedia
  2. Switch Wikipedia to Russian
  3. Copy and paste the title of your show/movie into a search bar
  4. 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!


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Russian Through Music

Posted by: galfinit | March 7, 2014 Comments Off |

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!

Russian songs:

  1. Вера Брежнев & Dan Balan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec8Yui1PmTs
  2. Потап и Вера Брежнева http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80-0lWcCKcI
  3. Меладзе http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0o4j1qnO6Y
  4. Меладзе & Виа Гра http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rav-frJx_7w
  5. Зара http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kSredCo9R4
  6. Киркоров http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12LXHiYGrvA
  7. Дайнеко http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpWQCzRSAkw
  8. Гагарина http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT8ElbZTGdg
  9. Quest Pistols http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhF5fswJ6hY
  10. Иванушки http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5Z9-4JV99c
  11. Давай за (let’s do it for) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kvM-WCXxok
  12. Там за туманами (there, beyond the fog) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDs3H6_Z27Q
  13. Не валяй дурака, Америка (get your act together, America) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wuq1EE8ymc
  14. Конь (stallion) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOwgABNW47E
  15. Комбат (combat) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ywWYSBmAdk
  16. Виктор Цой: Перемен (changes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU8csnZxdPA
  17. Виктор Цой: Группа Крови (blood type) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa35wOqLkzA
  18. Девочка Видение http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f65p6S6FE8g
  19. Город 312 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXXN-h9hpQo
  20. Земфира – Хочешь? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpJ_fYyAeYk
  21. Океан Ельзи – Без Бою (Ukrainian, but you have to listen to it) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbkEVJgrBUs
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Vocabulary Learning Just Got Easier!

Posted by: galfinit | November 4, 2013 Comments Off |

Hi everyone!

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! :D

That’s all folks! Thanks for reading!

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Nose in the Opera!

Posted by: galfinit | October 14, 2013 Comments Off |

The Russian department is organizing a trip to see a live broadcast of Shostakovich’s opera The Nose, at Salem’s Regal Santiam Cinema, Saturday October 26th. They will leave at 9:30 in the morning and return at 12:45 in the afternoon. Tickets cost $24.00, but Russian students have their tickets subsidized by the department, and need only pay $10.00 to Professor Sarah Bishop. Click here to see a video that will give you a glimpse of the story of the man who wakes up without his nose. :) Hope to see you there!

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The First Russian Club Event of the Year!

Posted by: galfinit | October 8, 2013 Comments Off |
Hi all. A couple of things I’d like to bring up:
1. Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6:30 we’re taking a trip to Privet, the Russian store, for goodies for tomorrow’s movie night (we’ll be watching Kidnapping Caucasian Style, a Soviet era comedy, at 8:00 in WLS). Meet at the WLS at 6:30 if you’d like to join the shopping trip!)) Also, please note, anyone is invited to the movie night, so please bring your friends!)))
2. If you’ve haven’t already, you should like the Willamette University Russian Program Facebook Page! Click here!
Thanks guys!)))
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