The great and powerful: that is shocking Americans who study Russian language

“Almost every rule of the Russian language, which I explain to my students-Americans, ends with the phrase: “But there are exceptions,” writes the author of the blog “Russian in America” on “Yandex.Zen”. According to her, some of her American students “cry” from the complexities of the Russian language. So what are the main difficulties faced by the Americans studying Russian language?

Великий и могучий: что шокирует американцев, изучающих русский язык

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Hereinafter in the first person.

Verbs of motion

We know that on foot is to walk and to ride. But the Russian language still convinced that you can move only on foot, because “I went to the movies” and not “went”, even if there is a cinema a few miles.

Soft consonants

Many of my students still call soft sign “little B” (small b). To hear a few hard/soft, to reproduce in speech and in writing, not to forget the “s” — aerobatics for any foreigner. Here we have “This is my Mat”, “Muzey” and “Camelot”.

Perfect/imperfect form of the verb

No, don’t twist here English “Simple and Perfect”, because sometimes perfect and imperfect pairs of one verb, the meaning is completely different. For example,/like in the past tense: “I liked this film and I liked this movie (but not now, I wonder why I it 25 times revised?)”.

Reduction of unstressed vowels

Most speak Russian “harasho” and “thank you”, but if “O>A” at least that explains the “E=And” brings even more confusion because “those/ti-Le/Li-background”.


It is not only in six cases with different endings and all sorts of numbers but in the fact that all the words in the phrase must be matched in the same number, gender and case. You wrote “These American students,” then I have understood that it should be the verb “like”, and so you have to fix all three words with the nominative on the dative case — “to those American students.”

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