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The Russian Word's Worth: A Humorous and Informative Guide to Russian Language, Culture, and Translation

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Michele Berdy

The Russian Words Worth

A humorous and informative guide to the Russian language, culture and translation

With an introduction, eight thematic chapters, and a subject index

Since 2002, readers all over the world have been enjoying and learning from Michele A. Berdys column “The Words Worth” in The Moscow Times. A quirky, opinionated, sometimes hilarious and yet always thoughtful and authoritative guide, Berdy looks at Russias changing culture, politics, and daily life through language and the art of translation. She explores the language of popular and youth culture, politics, the workplace, culture high and low, and the comical struggle of expats trying to feel at home in a foreign language and culture.

The Russian Words Worth is essential reading for students and teachers of Russian, translators, Russia-watchers, foreigners in Moscow, and anyone who wants to understand Russia today.

Praise from leading translators:

“For those of us in the States dealing with contemporary Russian Michele Berdy's columns are so good, they've become addictive, providing in-depth insight into what's new, what's different, and what's stayed the same in today's language. Her insider knowledge of how Russians actually speak is second to no one's. If I can't be on the streets of Moscow or Petersburg myself, at least I have Michele Berdy to be my eyes and ears.” — Marian Schwartz

“Michele Berdy is to the Russian language what Julia Child was to French cooking: the same juicy, humorous approach, the same demystification of a daunting subject, the same message that ‘if I can do this, so can you." — Joanne Turnbull

“Michele has a truly unique gift for articulating the difficulties that

Russians and English-speakers encounter while trying to understand each

other's worlds. Her work is as entertaining as it is profound, and it will

prove equally useful to beginning students and to advanced professionals.” – Robert Chandler

Synopsis:

A humorous look at the Russian language and culture, with a subject index. Essential reading for students of Russia.

Synopsis:

The book will sure find its way into the classroom.—Publishing Trends

A quirky, opinionated, sometimes hilarious yet always thoughtful and authoritative guide, Michele A. Berdy looks at Russia's changing culture, politics, and daily life through language and the art of translation. She explores the language of popular and youth culture, politics, the workplace, culture (high and low), and the comical struggle of expats trying to cope with a foreign language and culture. The entries in this book are grouped thematically, and with the forty-eight page index, it can be used as a dictionary.

The Russian Word's Worth is essential reading for students and teachers of Russian, translators, Russia-watchers, and anyone who wants to understand Russia today.

About the Author

Michele A. Berdy, a resident of Moscow for the better part of the last 33

years, is the author of the popular weekly column "The Word's Worth" in The

Moscow Times. She is a translator with several books, hundreds of articles

and short stories to her credit, and specializes in subtitling feature and

documentary films. She has co-authored a Russian-English dictionary and been

the lead or sole writer of four books about Moscow, St. Petersburg and

Russia. Her articles on culture, current events and various aspects of

intercultural communication appear in the Russian and English-language

press.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Great and Powerful

Annoying Little Words

Nouns Abound

Verbs I Have Loved

So Very, Very…

Buzzwords

Torture the Translator

Russians, Others, and the Russian World

Russians Up Close and Personal

Others

The Animal Kingdom

Looking out the Window (on the Russian World)

Capitals North and South

Life Maintenance

Getting Around Town in Russian

Ya just gotta laugh

Politics as Usual

Elections and the Electorate

The Language of Leaders (Mr. Ps Russian Lessons)

A Foreigners Forays into Forrest of Russian Politics

Higher Matters

Soul food

Good, Bad, and Sad

Time Flies

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Winter

Resolute Resolutions

Expressing Time

Lost in Time

Slang

Kids These Days!

Slang Old and New

Specialist Slang

Just for Fun

Jokes and Quotes

Having Fun

American Columnist Cracks Up

Product Details

ISBN:
9785717200912
Author:
Berdy, Michele
Publisher:
Glas
Author:
Berdy, Michele A.
Subject:
Russian
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Russian
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Series:
New Russian Writing
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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A humorous look at the Russian language and culture, with a subject index. Essential reading for students of Russia.
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The book will sure find its way into the classroom.—Publishing Trends

A quirky, opinionated, sometimes hilarious yet always thoughtful and authoritative guide, Michele A. Berdy looks at Russia's changing culture, politics, and daily life through language and the art of translation. She explores the language of popular and youth culture, politics, the workplace, culture (high and low), and the comical struggle of expats trying to cope with a foreign language and culture. The entries in this book are grouped thematically, and with the forty-eight page index, it can be used as a dictionary.

The Russian Word's Worth is essential reading for students and teachers of Russian, translators, Russia-watchers, and anyone who wants to understand Russia today.

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