Random words: БРИТЬСЯ/to shave

Men’s word today. Pronounced like БРИЦА.

Not an easy nut to crack, so to be safe it is better to use it as infinitive, if possible. If not, we should remember that it is not type 2 verb (looks like it!) but type 1, so in present, it would look as follows:

бреюсь, бреешься, бреется, бреемся, бреетесь, бреются.

If we remove the reflexive bit СЯ/СЬ, that would mean shaving someone else or shaving a particular part of the body apart from face.

Бриться (imperfective) – побриться (perfective)

Ok, now let’s try to link it with an image and a similar word in English. To me it sounds a lot like brie cheese. So, instead of shaving foam we can use this cheese? =) :


Random words: УБИТЬ. Kill 3 with 1.

A useful one sometimes. Let’s see how we can remember it.

You must already know the verb БЫТЬ – to be. As sound Ы is a hard nut to crack, probably in the beginning you always pronounced it like БИТЬ, completely unaware that it is another verb.

Быть = to be

Бить = to beat somebody

Убить = to kill (very close to бить, just add a prefix), perfective. A bit strange in the future: убью, убьёшь, etc.

Убивать = to kill, imperfective, regular.

For practise:

So that

Word-for-word: So that all were happy, must kill those who (is) unhappy. (In Russian we normally have singular forms with КТО – who).

How not to make Russian workbooks

In one of the workbooks I have, Поехали, there is an interesting dialogue (don’t be put off – it requires basic reading skills and very basic vocabulary):


That’s to the question of time spent and value gained – not all workbooks are equally good for you=) Even one of the most relied upon and popular, like this one.

Random words: СТАРЫЙ / OLD

In Russian, we often have two forms for adjectives – long and short. For the concept above that would be СТАРЫЙ and СТАР (masculine), СТАРАЯ and СТАРА (feminine), СТАРОЕ and СТАРО (neuter), СТАРЫЕ and СТАРЫ (plural).

Does it remind you anything?:


Random words: МЕСТО

Место should be read as *места or *местэ if pronounced quickly. Means “a place”. Can be used when talking to your wife or girlfriend, for example as follows:


Know your place, woman! (Source)

It is of neutral gender, therefore we would say

моё место, твоё место, своё место, пустое место etc

Fat or healthy – never mind!

It’s an exciting adjective in Russian, здоровый. You will probably hear something like this while drinking with a bunch of Russians (Ваше здоровье! – let’s drink for your health!) and think it is just about health – slim chance! Apart from “healthy”, it can also mean “very big, huge”. So,

здоровый мужчина can mean both, a healthy/strong man and a fat/sturdy one (aren’t in English fat chance and slim chance the same?)

I want

I want healthy food! For example, a huge hamburger! (in Russian these two adjectives would be the same! – a word play)

How to give urgent orders

I already explained here what Imperative mood is and how we use it to give orders or ask to do anything. That’s considered the most common and neutral way.

Also, among others, we sometimes use

1) infinitives (mostly when talking to dogs and in the army):

Сидеть! (Sit down! – to a dog)

Стоять! (Stop! – for example to a soldier, and what do we know about discipline?).

Master said

Master said, “Sit! Wait”… she will be waiting and hoping but he will not return…

2) past tense (sort of an urgent order, something which was meant to be done “yesterday”, depending on the context can be rude, or show different social levels):

Ключи мне дал! – Keys to me gave! (=Hey you give me the keys right now!!!)

Пошел отсюда! – Went from here! (=Go away!)


Petrov, swam (=swim) to the blackboard!

So don’t trust past forms! They can be an order sometimes.


About idiots

That was interesting for me to know what the word ИДИОТ originally meant – a person who is concerned with their own business rather than public affairs, politics, etc. (and some politicians are called idiots?) which in Greece was not really a good quality, so it acquired a negative meaning, as in these words, usually attributed to Putin:

hard to talk to the deaf, show the truth to the blind and argue with idiots

About home

It’s strange but in Russian we have the same word for house and home – ДОМ. In certain context it’s possible to distinguish between them:

Я иду домой – I am going home

Я иду в дом – I am going inside the house (for example from the garden)

So, if we use Accusative with a preposition (second option), that’s more about building itself and house. Just the noun alone – more about home.

Я дома – I am home

Я в доме – I am inside the house

Again, if we use here Prepositional with a preposition (second option), that’s more about building itself and house. Just the noun alone – more about home.


В доме 5 этажей – There are 5 floors in the house (building).

(У нас) дома 5 этажей – (In our) home there are 5 floors.

The second is more about oligarchs!

Road home – the most desired way (Source: demotes.ru)

honey i am home

Dear (to a woman), I am home!

Sometimes they are interchangeable:

Word-for-word: to command in house (at home) must somebody one (Only one person must command at home) (Source: demotivatorium.ru) – the funny bit is that ОДНА in Russian applies only to women!

Dos and don’ts in маршрутка

If you have been in Russia (not as an oligarch), you may have taken маршрутка (a little bus):


In English, it is possible to spell this word as marshrootka, marshrutka and even marshroutka (the last one sends you back to the concept of “route”).

Quick must-know facts, tips and tricks about marshrootka:

– replaces almost all public transport in majority of Russian towns – so, it is important to know how to use it;

– drivers are known as fast, fearless, breaking all possible and impossible traffic rules, men with a sense of humor;

– drivers do not recognize usual bus stops and take/unload people anywhere;

– to catch this bus, you need to wave like mad and sometimes even jump to attract driver’s attention;

– if the drives shows you with his forefinger and middle finger (kind of V but upside down), don’t get him wrong – passing by, he is just asking if you agree to stand as all seats have been occupied (this gesture resembles feet);

– often overcrowded, and during rush hours, you will never get into it if you remain a typical English gentleman – alas, you will see lots of men getting inside before women and children;

– during super rush hours and on student routes, the only way to catch one is to stand in the middle of the road and wave to the driver like your whole life depends on his decision and show letter V upside down;

– made of a super elastic material unknown to the rest of the world (proof: looks like designed for 13-14 people max but can easily take 20-30);

– if you have taken a seat, it does not mean it is yours (British, beware!): somebody can take a sit on your lap;

– to request a stop you need to use a special tool which British people use very reluctantly – their voice (read: you need to shout you want a stop – you would rather miss it than shout, ah?);

– having found a place to sit or stand (the latter is actually illegal), you need to pass the money to the driver straight away to avoid execution and interrogation – if you sit far from the driver just ask other people to pass the money;

– the previous tip explains why the seat right behind the driver can become your unpaid full-time job;

– it is divided into 2 parts: driver’s cabin with 2 extra seats for passengers and main passenger part;

– the former (read above) one is normally for beautiful girls and those who can, during the whole journey, hold the safety belt in such a way that it seemed it is fixed properly (Normally safety belts do not work in these buses. If you don’t know what to do, just put the buckle under your bum, and the road policemen will think (or pretend to think) you are safe);

– marshrootka has rules, peculiarities and sarcastic slogans you can find inside (to understand this humor, please read above):

We fly for you (drivers of marshrootkas)

Don't run around inside

Don’t run around fast inside


Dear passengers, don’t forget to leave valuables

10 minutes of fear and

10 minutes of fear and you are home! Cost of amusement ride – 5 rubles

Cost of ride

Cost of ride – 25 rubles. Faster – 50 rubles. Standing – 20 rubles. Lying – 15 rubles. Run with the bus – 10 rubles. Sit on driver’s lap – 30 rubles.


Getting closer and closer to the person next to you, you give hope to people waiting at the bus stop