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TASTY RUSSIAN LESSON @ ZIMA
Spread the news! Quality4Languages is proud to present its new concept : EAT, DRINK & LEARN ! We partnered with Zima Russian Street Food and Bar, Soho to offer you a taster Russian lesson from our very best native teacher and typical delicious Russian food and drinks, all made by Zima’s famous chef to go […]
Which “face” to save while communicating?
Negative and positive politeness strategies. Do not worry. Positive here does not mean good, and negative does not mean bad. It is about what “face” we want to save when communicating. According to Brown and Levinson politeness theory, positive face is our desires to be liked, admired, ratified, referring to self-esteem, while negative face is […]
Когда рак на горе свистнет/when pigs fly/ Quand les poules auront des dents/ Wenn Fische fliegen lernen/ Quando gli asini voleranno/ Cuando meen las gallinas/ Quando as galinhas tiverem dentés
To express something improbable to happen, many languages use different animals and unlikely actions. In England, pigs might fly. In France and Portugal, hens grow teeth, in Spain and Italy, they pee! ( Latin languages definitely have something important with hens…) In Germany, fish might fly. In Russian they give the full context though: “when […]
НИ РЫБА, НИ МЯСО
This Russian expression, literally translated as ” Neither fish nor meat” is used to describe a thing/person that is rather mediocre, average, neither good nor bad, doesn’t have a clear position in life. This expression has a very interesting etymology that dates back to the 16th century. This is when Protestant movement started and as […]
Holidays in Moscow, what to expect?
There are many stereotypes and misunderstandings about Russia and Moscow in particular. But Moscow is actually a lot of fun. Every time I go to Russia I remember this dialogue from Pulp Fiction: Vincent: But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is? Jules: What? Vincent: It’s the little differences. I mean, they got […]
6 tips to learn a foreign language
Learn a little bit every day. Many studies show that we remember better studying a little bit every day than hours once a week. A Russian proverb says: Повторение- мать учения. ( Repetition is the mother of studying”. It is absolutely right. Repeat, repeat and repeat. Watch films, listen to the radio, read books, even […]