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Drunk as a Skunk in Russia? Never!
Why you really must learn a new vocabulary of similes in Russian.
In Russian, Too Much is Better Than Too Little
Here are some serious and hilarious ways to take care and be on the very safe side in Russian.
When Your Heart Speaks in Russian
What's up with verbs like подсказать, подбросить, подслушать and подскочить?
The Road to Recovery in Russian
As Covid rages on but treatment improves, it's time to hone our vocabulary of getting better.
Of Snobs, Show-Offs, and Arrogant Jerks
Curiosity about the origins of the word "snob" sent me down a rabbit hole - or make that rat hole.
Stuck-Up, High Maintenance and Oh So Demanding
I'm stuck on being stuck-up. So many ways to be very annoying.
Some people may be disappointed that these podcasts are "only" Michele Berdy reading her Moscow Times columns--I don't *think* I've heard any bonus material--but I for one appreciate hearing her pronunciation and inflections. If you are a fan of her columns and/or her book, The Russian Word's Worth, you will love this podcast. Less-than-fluent speakers, like me, might like to listen to the podcasts while reading the column. But that sounds too much like homework and is not necessary.
Michele Berdy is a treasure
This podcast features the wonderful Michele Berdy on the Russian language. Her work has been a must-read and now a must-listen, for any Anglophone Russian language learner. I speak as someone with a strong command of the language. I always learn something from her.
One complaint - the podcast title gives no indication it is the Michele Berdy show. I was pleasantly surprised to find that's what it was. They should package it as such.
Witty Word’s Worth Well Worth One’s While
I’ve been enjoying Michele Berdy’s column in The Moscow Times for many years so it was a delight to discover it now exists in podcast form. As an eternal student of the Russian language I find her thematic deep dives help sort out some of the subtle nuances, but the real trick is making this entertaining as well.