Determinative Pronouns in Russian

Posted August 23, 2010 by almaclar
Categories: Articles published on SLO

Determinative pronouns are words that are used to emphasize nouns and pronouns. The function of determinative pronouns is to define one or more objects in a class of similar ones. In Russian, this group of pronouns includes the following words:

сам, it corresponds to English pronouns ending in -self.
самый, it corresponds to ‘the very’ in expressions like “the very same” or “at the very end”
весь ‘the whole’ , ‘entire’, ‘all
каждый ‘each, every’
любой ‘any’, ‘anyone’
другой ‘another’
всякий ‘any‘ or ‘every’
иной ‘ another’, ‘other’
всяческий ‘all kinds of’

Russian determinative pronouns agree in gender, number and case of nouns they modify.

The article on the website covers the usage and the declension patterns of Russian determinative pronoun.

The original article on SLO: Russian Determinative Pronouns

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Short form of adjectives in Russian

Posted July 26, 2010 by almaclar
Categories: Articles published on SLO

Overview of the article published on the SLO website:

In Russian, most qualitative adjectives have short forms. Short form adjectives exist only in predicate nominative form. They have masculine, femine, neuter and plural forms and do not decline.

Relational adjectives, and all adjectives with a stem ending in suffixes –ск– and –ян– do not have short forms in Russian.

The article on the website covers the usage, formation and particular cases of Russian short-form adjectives.

The original article on SLO: Short form of Russian adjectives

Interrogative Words in Russian

Posted June 7, 2010 by almaclar
Categories: Articles published on SLO

Overview of the article published on the SLO website:

Interrogative pronouns and adverbs are words used in different kinds of questions. The most frequently used interrogative words in Russian are:

кто ‘who’
что ‘what’
какой ‘which, what kind of’
где ‘where’
куда ‘where to’
откуда ‘where from’
как ‘how’
сколько ‘how much, how many’

The article on the website covers the declension patterns of Russian interrogative pronouns, as well as the usage of these words in different kinds of questions.

The original article on SLO: Russian Interrogative Words

Declension of adjectives in Russian

Posted May 28, 2010 by almaclar
Categories: Articles published on SLO

Overview of the article published on the SLO website:

Russian adjectives  change their form to agree with the gender, number or case of nouns they modify. In singular, the endings of Russian long-form adjectives express grammatical gender, number and case. In plural, they express only number and case.

There are three declension types of Russian adjectives:

  1. Declension of qualitative and relational adjectives
  2. Declension of possessive adjectives with stem in -ий
  3. Declension of possessive adjectives ending in -ин(-ын), -ов(-ев)

The article on the website covers peculiarities of all these declension types.

The original article on SLO: Declension of Russian adjectives

Word Find Puzzle

Posted April 8, 2010 by almaclar
Categories: Announcements on SlO, Games on SLO

This is a classical word find game, where a list of Russian words is hidden within the field of random letters. Russian words may be hidden either horizontally or vertically. You can find the list of words to find under the game field.

If you find a word, you need to click at one end of the hidden word and drag the mouse to the end of the word, or just click its initial and final letters (or vice versa). When a word is found, it is highlighted with red, and you can see a checkmark near this word (or its translation) in the “Words to find” list.

There are the following settings of the game:

Topic: you can choose one of the vocabulary topics available on our website
Words direction: you can choose the direction of the hidden words. Read the rest of this post »

Russian texts for reading

Posted March 31, 2010 by almaclar
Categories: General

We have added texts in Russian designed for those who would like to have more practice in reading. These texts are accompanied by audio, transcription, translation. There are  different settings options to highlight the most important points of pronunciation, such as stress, vowels reduction, softness and devocalization.

There are 5 texts for reading:

1. Introduction
2. Russia
3. Moscow
4. Saint Petersburg
5. Russian Food

The following picture demonstrates available settings:

Russian texts for reading

Available options allow to display or hide stress marks, transcription and translation and choose texts view mode you are comfortable with. Users can also tools for reading in Russian to highlight different groups of letters. Each text has comments on some difficult points of pronunciation.

The page on the  main website: Texts for reading practice

Tools for reading in Russian

Posted March 3, 2010 by almaclar
Categories: Announcements on SlO

Those who learn to read in Russian can use our tools for reading in the section “Reading in Russian”. These tools help to highlight letters which denote stressed vowels, soft consonants, devocalization of consonants and reduction of vowels. As you can see on the picture, these tools will highlight letters with different colors so that the learner can see where Russian reading rules will apply.

Now, you can find these tools in the lessons on reading in Russian – visit URL:  http://www.study-languages-online.com/reading-practice.html