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Happy Birthday Anton Chekhov

Posted by: galfinit | January 30, 2013 Comments Off |

Anton Chekhov, one of the world’s most renounced playwrights, celebrated his 153rd birthday yesterday. Famous for plays such as The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, and Uncle Vanya, Chekhov is know for using the steam-of-consciousness technique in writing, adopted my modernists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though some criques say that this technique made his works difficult to read, but his response was that the job of the artist was to ask questions, not to answer them.

“You are right in demanding that an artist should take an intelligent attitude to his work, but you confuse two things: solving a problem and stating a problem correctly. It is only the second that is obligatory for the artist.”

-Anton Chekhov

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RUSSIAN CLUB MEETS THIS WEDNESDAY AT 5:30, УРА!

Posted by: galfinit | January 21, 2013 | 1 Comment |

RUSSIAN CLUB MEETS THIS WEDNESDAY AT 5:30, УРА! We will be eating popcorn and watching classic Russian cartoons in the Language Learning Center (on the first floor of Ford Hall). We’re also having a “tea luck,” instead of a potluck; bring your favorite kind of tea, a mug, and if you want them for yourself, cream and sweetner. This way we can all try new kinds of tea! I also recommend you bring pillows, perhaps a blanket, slippers… anything to help you feel comfortable. At least, that’s what I’ll be doing.
I look forward to seeing you all then!

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Revving Up Russian Club!

Posted by: galfinit | January 17, 2013 Comments Off |

Hey everyone, WU Russian Club is starting up again, but we need to make sure that the same time we had it last year still works. So please fill out this one click poll so we can get this party started!
http://doodle.com/rdm2imvm4dtmrdf9
Thanks guys!

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Cтарый Новый год/The Old New Year

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

Welcome back from winter break fellow students of Russian! Did you know that today, our first day back at school, is an Orthodox holiday? Cтарый Новый год or “The Old New Year,” is the first day of year according to the Julian calendar, which the Orthodox church still follows. Though the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1918, this holiday is still unofficially observed in a variety of nations with Orthodox ties, such as Serbia and Macedonia, and also in Wales and Switzerland. The festivities are usually less extravagant that those on the New New Year, but nevertheless involve grandiose meals, singing of traditional songs, and celebratory drinking.

So, once again, welcome back, and happy Cтарый Новый год.

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Happy Holidays

Posted by: galfinit | December 6, 2012 Comments Off |

Russian Club will not be meeting next week due to finals, so we will see you after the break. Enjoy the holidays!

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Final Study Session

Posted by: galfinit | December 5, 2012 Comments Off |

Russian Club is TONIGHT! We’re going to be working together to prepare for our final exams, as well as catch up on our Russian homework and corrections. So please make sure you bring what you’d like to work on. If we have a consensus that we don’t want to work, a movie is the other option. See you in the World Languages Studio (on the first floor of Ford) at 5:30!

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Finally, Finals!

Posted by: galfinit | December 3, 2012 Comments Off |
Hey everyone! Russian Club is meeting again this Wednesday. I propose we bring our studying materials and get serious about our finals. 5:30 in the World Languages Student. I hope to see you there.
Good luck on your Oral Final Exam tomorrow, first year Russian students.
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Russian I Mixer (Practice for the Oral Final Exam)

Posted by: galfinit | November 30, 2012 Comments Off |

For those of you in your first year of Russian:

there will be an informal mixer held in the World Languages Studio this Sunday (the second) at 6:30 PM. Snack bringing is encouraged. We will be practicing in a group setting all of the prompts for the oral final to prepare for it. Of course all other students of Russian are welcome to join us.

And if all else fails…

Good luck everyone!

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Russian Club’s First Meeting of 2012

Posted by: galfinit | November 30, 2012 Comments Off |

Hi all. Here is a review of the ideas we brainstormed at our first Russian Club meeting this year. If you missed it you can catch us again every Wednesday at 5:30 in the World Languages Studio. Hope to see you there!

* Study group function

* Eastern European night

* Maslenitsa (in March sometime)

* Saint Days with crafts and a performer

* Russian Easter event in April

* Movie/cinema nights

o Anna Karenina in theaters

o Cartoons

o Classics

* Elections

* Russian karaoke

* Russian-to-Go restaurant

* Russian dancing

* Tea events

* Privet Russian grocery store/cooking events with a basic recipe

* Russian game night

* Skyping people who are abroad in a Russian speaking country

* Postcards saying good luck with finals

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Don’t be bored; check out our new Russian board games!

Posted by: galfinit | November 13, 2012 Comments Off |

Привет студенты! Come check out the new Russian board games in the World Languages Studio!

Below: Лото, the Russian equivalent of bingo. A great way to practice your numbers!

Below: Найди Cолво, or Russian scrabble, is a great way to test your vocabulary skills!

Just come to the World Languages Studio and ask to borrow these games at the front desk. They are yours to enjoy. :)

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