Category: "Dogs"

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February 9th, 2010 — posted by Tatiana
Russians love their proverbs and pithy sayings. It is amazing how many of them we have and use excessively to express so many different emotions. It seems that we have one for every life situation. We love them almost as much as we do our swear words… more »


April 6th, 2009 — posted by Don
One interesting word in Russian is кинология. The -логия ending corresponds to -logy in English and means "the study of." Every first semester Russian student knows that кино means the movies, so one could be forgiven if one thought that the word… more »


April 3rd, 2009 — posted by Don
Y'know, you just never stop learning when you study a foreign language, and last month for the first time I encountered the word псина. The primary meaning of the word is dog meat: В 1984-ом году в Корее запретили продажу псины. The sale of dog meat… more »


April 2nd, 2009 — posted by Don
The Russian word дог is a false cognate: it doesn't mean dog. It means Great Dane. Although regular nominative plurals often end in -ы, here spelling rule 1 interferes so that the plural is доги. The three Russian spelling rules are: Spelling rule… more »


April 1st, 2009 — posted by Don
Another word for dog in Russian is пёс, which specifically means a male dog. The ё in the latter is a fleeting vowel, so the word declines like this: Singular Plural Nom пёс псы Acc пса псов Gen пса псов Pre псе псах Dat псу псам Ins… more »