Yes, I’m Complaining about You!

Or, to translate the Russian way of saying this in a certain more literal sense: “I’m complaining in/to myself on you (Я жалуюсь на тебя).” Жаловаться is “to complain,” and it is what is referred to as a reflexive verb. We will get into further categories below but a basic definition of a reflexive verb…

For What Are You Asking?

I don’t know about you, but something that I’m constantly asking my wife for is forgiveness (I don’t mean that you might be asking my wife for forgiveness, but that you might be asking your own wife for forgiveness). In Russian, when you ask for something, there are a few different conditions that regulate how…

Under the beard

Anyone who begins studying Russian might come across the word for beard (борода) fairly early on (after all, everyone knows at least two things about Russia: bears and beards* (I won't be so vulgar as to say vodka)). And it is obvious that if you want to tell your friend Egor, who is, naturally, sporting…