Author: Josh Wilson

15 Russian Cartoons to Put You in the Holiday Spirit

These cartoons are full of joyful, bright, and homey holiday charm. It’s no secret that the holiday season is most precious to us in childhood. Because for children, it is not just an opportunity to gather together with loved ones. It’s an occasion for presents, Grandfather Frost, Snegurochka, beautiful spruce trees, and hope for a […]

Russia’s Top Movies of 2020

After a few years of record-breaking growth, Russia’s film industry took a break in 2019. 2020 turned out to be another challenging year for Russian film due to COVID, which analysts say may have cost the industry about 40% of its yearly revenues. There are, however, some hopeful silver linings to the 2020 cloud for […]

Local Fast Food in Moscow: A Menu of Possibilities

Moscow is a large, fast-paced city that offers lots of cheap, fast, filling options for grabbing a bite to eat. While you will find big name western fast food all over the city, there are a number of local options you should try as well. These include chains that specialize in local comfort foods like […]

Russian MiniLesson: A Trip to the Gym in Russian

The following bilingual Russian MiniLesson is meant to build your vocabulary by providing an annotated, simplified Russian text for intermediate students of Russian. Hover over the bold Russian to reveal its English translation. Я хочу быть сильным и иметь хорошую фигуру. А чтобы , нужно регулярно тренироваться. Поэтому я , 2-3 раза в неделю, и […]

Russian MiniLessons: Social Media

There are many different things you can do on . One of the first things you do when creating a social media account is to set your , then and . When you meet someone new, you may want to on Facebook or ВК, or on . On the other hand, if you’ve lost touch […]

Russian MiniLessons: Star Wars по-русски

The following bilingual Russian MiniLesson is meant to build your vocabulary by providing Russian phrases within English text. Hover over the bold Russian to reveal its English translation. The film Star Wars is well-known in Russia and if you look online, there are actually discussions of whether or not a Russian should ever name a […]

Russian MiniLessons: Talk About Music

The following bilingual Russian MiniLesson is meant to build your vocabulary by providing Russian phrases within English text. Hover over the bold Russian to reveal its English translation. Much of Russia’s modern music language is related to English. For example, the names of most genres can be directly translated: , , , , and even […]

Russia’s Top Movies: April-July 2020

Like in most places in the world, Russia’s silver screens are dominated by Hollywood’s global blockbusters. Russia’s film industry has struggled with the financial crisis, but it is also capable of producing films that can occasionally compete locally with the American machine. Once a month, SRAS provides a lineup of the top Russian movies in […]

Nashe Radio Top 5: February 2020

Nashe Radio plays popular music that isn’t quite “pop.” What’s big in Russian-language rock, rap, punk, R&B, and alternative? Nashe Radio’s all-Russian and eclectic playlist can tell you. Once a month, SRAS provides a snapshot of what’s at the top of their charts, with YouTube videos and links to our Russian music site. Here’s how […]

Russkoe Radio Top 5: February 2020

Russkoe Radio plays pop music exclusively in Russian. What’s big in Russian-language pop and dance music? Russkoe Radio’s pop playlists can tell you. Once a month, SRAS provides a snapshot of what’s at the top of their charts, with YouTube videos and links to our Russian music site. Here is their lineup from February 28, […]

Russia’s Top Movies: February 2020

Like in most places in the world, Russia’s silver screens are dominated by Hollywood’s global blockbusters. Russia’s film industry has struggled with the financial crisis, but it is also capable of producing films that can occasionally compete locally with the American machine. Once a month, SRAS provides a lineup of the top Russian movies in […]

Russia’s Top Movies: January 2020

Like in most places in the world, Russia’s silver screens are dominated by Hollywood’s global blockbusters. Russia’s film industry has struggled with the financial crisis, but it is also capable of producing films that can occasionally compete locally with the American machine. Once a month, SRAS provides a lineup of the top Russian movies in […]

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