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Ludwig Wittgenstein said: "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." In many ways language defines who we are. Some Eskimo tribes have 20 ways of saying the word for “snow”. The word “meaning” in Russian is “smysl”, which literally means an assemblage of thoughts. Therefore, for a Russian person something that has a meaning is something that is connected. There are many more examples like this. “Sobytie” means an event, but literally it means an aggregate of beings – a system of meaning again. In fact, prefix “S” - which carries a strong connotation “to connect” - is used so often, that it starts to alter the mind of the one who speaks. We argue that Russian language affects cognition in such a way that it gains higher propensity for systems thinking. Therefore, learning Russian may increase one’s capacity to find connections, produce meanings, and make sense.

Part 0: Russian Words You Cannot Translate

There are a few words in Russian that do not exist in any other language.

Part 1: Russian Alphabet – Russian language tutorial and online phrasebook

If you want to learn something before traveling to Russia, learn the Russian alphabet.


Part 2: Russian Grammar - Russian language tutorial and online phrasebook

In Russian, you can change the sequence of words around within a sentence.


Part 3: How to count in Russian - Russian language tutorial and phrasebook

To count in Russian is to get one step closer to the very advanced mathematical intelligence that Russians have.


Part 4: Basic Phrases - Russian Language Tutorial

Here are some basic Russian words and phrases, such as "hello", "yes" and "no", which can make your life much easier.


Part 5: Transport & Time - Russian language online tutorial and phrasebook

Sometimes words are needed to initiate movement.


Part 6: Money & Checking In a Hotel - Russian language tutorial and phrasebook

One day there may be a situation where you end up in a small Siberian town with nowhere to sleep.


Part 7: Meeting people and getting with someone - Russian language online tutorial and phrasebook

There might be a situation where you meet somebody in Russia and you like them so much that you absolutely need to communicate that.


Part 8: Russian Swear Words - Russian language tutorial and phrasebook

The main thing about swearing in Russian is the attitude.


Part 9: Shopping and Food - Russian language online tutorial and phrasebook

You might wonder: why do you need to know Russian to do shopping..


Part 10: Reading Street Signs in Russia - Russian language online tutorial and phrase book

Most of the street signs in Russia are written, well, in Russian, so if you don't know cyrillic alphabet, you will get lost.


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Part 0: Russian Words You Cannot Translate

There are a few words in Russian that do not exist in any other language.


Part 1: Russian Alphabet – Russian language tutorial and online phrasebook

If you want to learn something before traveling to Russia, learn the Russian alphabet.


Russian language tutorial & online phrasebook

Ludwig Wittgenstein said: "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." In many ways language defines who we are.

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