In Russian Terms - Advanced Russian Language Program and Podcast

Current events podcast in Russian for upper intermediate to advanced Russian speakers. Nuanced cultural conventions and sociopolitical developments in the post-Soviet countries delivered weekly. Authentic Russian, high-frequency idioms, cultural references, and much more.
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May 16, 2016

How do you say "Netflix account" in Russian? How about "mainstream culture" or "consumption pattern"? This episode is about English words that are difficult to translate into Russian.

May 2, 2016

В выпуске Russian Untranslatables не совсем непереводимые слова, лучше сказать, трудно переводимые.

Apr 25, 2016

В выпуске о русском юморе - над чем смеются русские и подборка анекдотов.

Apr 18, 2016

В очередной серии «25 лет спустя» Молдова, Киргизстан и Украина. Что общего между этими странами? Давайте узнаем.

Apr 11, 2016

Everything on the topic that I could fit in one episode

Apr 4, 2016

В прошлом году Александр Лукашенко был выбран президентом Беларуси на пятый срок. Что неладно в датском королевстве?

Mar 28, 2016

На этой неделе я решила оставить серьёзные темы и взять десять популярных выражений из рекламы, литературы и политики.

Mar 21, 2016

Этим выпуском я начинаю серию о пост-советских странах, у которых в этом году 25-летний юбилей независимости. Чего они добились? К чему пришли? Первая страна в этой серии - Армения.

Mar 14, 2016

The 2016 election campaign is in full swing here in the U.S. What do Russians think about the candidates? And how to say all that political stuff in Russian anyway?

Mar 7, 2016

Завтра восьмое марта и мужчины будут дарить женщинам цветы и подарки. Выпуск этой недели о женщинах.

Feb 29, 2016

Have your Russian teachers ever told you that чё is for uneducated people only or that есть and кушать are different? If so, you may want to listen to this week’s discussion.

Feb 22, 2016

It’s been almost two years since Russia annexed Crimea. What is life like for Crimeans these days? These week’s discussion is about the frail banking sector, Russia’s grand Kerch Strait Bridge project, the Tatars, and more.

Feb 15, 2016

Rational idleness? What is this even supposed to mean? Well, this may be the reason your Russian friend would not schedule an event with you three weeks in advance.

Feb 8, 2016

In Russian Terms is back with a new episode. In Coming Up we peek into the upcoming topics of the season and review Season 1 vocabulary.

Dec 15, 2015

Religion in post-Soviet states - renaissance or fad? Find out in this week’s episode of In Russian Terms.

Dec 7, 2015

Why don’t Russian speakers smile? The reason may partially be the culture of exclusiveness.

Nov 30, 2015

Do аутсорсинг, маунтинбайкинг, and смузи sound familiar to you? With a little adjustment to the Cyrillic script, you probably guessed outsourcing, mountain biking, and smoothie. This week’s discussion is about loan words in Russian.

Nov 23, 2015

When was the last time you heard or read about the oligarch war or the shadow economy in Ukraine? In this week’s episode we continue the discussion about the Ukraine conflict and its participants.

Nov 9, 2015

Find out why cutting in line is pervasive in post-Soviet states and how to handle line cutters, in this week’s episode of In Russian Terms.

Nov 2, 2015

This week we look at the many nuances of the high-frequency Russian particle вот, and listen to short dialogues showcasing it.

Oct 26, 2015

If Nemtsov and Pussy Riot are largely unpopular in Russia, who shapes Russian public opinion? Find out in this installment of The Invisible Russian Opposition.

Oct 19, 2015

This week’s episode is about Russian conservatism, Russia’s ’tame’ and ‘independent’ opposition, why Russians love Putin, and what Noam Chomsky has to do with all these.

Oct 12, 2015

If you lived or worked in a Russian-speaking country, chances are that you heard Вы почему без шапки?, Закройте окно, вас продует!, Не сидите на холодном!, or Не выходите на улицу с мокрыми волосами! at east a few times. How to keep good Samaritans at bay? Let’s try to find out.

Oct 5, 2015

This week’s episode introduces diehard poli sci fans to the political jargon frequently heard in Russia’s media coverage of Ukraine. У каждого своя полу-правда or Ukraine: It Takes Five To Tango? is an unbiased attempt to look at all major participants of the conflict.

Sep 27, 2015

Being able to reproduce native-like stress patterns gets non-native speakers further than being able to accurately produce individual sounds. If Russian speakers do not understand you, the reason is probably not the jaw-breaking sounds and words Russian is notorious for but the wrong intonation you picked up in your language school.

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