Learn Space Words in Russian

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Shouldn't all good boys dream of piloting a rocket to the stars and becoming a cosmonaut? At least they did in USSR after the triumphal success of the Soviet space program and the first manned space flight made on April 12, 1961 by the 27-year-old Russian Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.(Юрий Гагарин) 

Since then a holiday – Cosmonaut Day ( День космона́втики) was established and celebrated in Russia and some other former USSR countries on April 12. Later on, since April 7, 2011 the April 12 was declared as the International Day of Human Space Flight. And Yuri Gagarin became one of the most famous Russian in the world. There's a legend that before the spacecraft took off he said:  Пое́хали! [pa'yehali], which means "Let's go!" ,"Move on!" This phrase became a popluar quote among Russian native speakers and all over the world.

Yuri Gagarin and his legendary phrase

In honour of this outstanding event in human history let's learn some words related to space in Russian. Click the picture below.

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Russian Maslenitsa Vocabulary

Привет, друзья!
Сегодня первый день Масленицы. А вы знаете этот русский праздник?
Today is the first day of Russian Maslenitsa, or Crepe/Butter Week. Do you know this Russian holiday?

С Ма́сленицей!

Ма́сленица [m’aslinitsa] is the Russian Sun Festival (also known as Butter or Crepe week) – a celebration of the end of winter chills and the start of Spring, of warmth, of hope, of growth. Accompanied by open-air celebrations and tonnes of fun, street festivals, skating, and merrymaking with an eye to awake nature and banish the evil spirits. Crepes (блины) are the main and obligatory dish of the treats as a symbol of the sun. Its history goes back to pre-Christian Russia: the main ritual of Maslenitsa is the burning of the straw figure of the Winter – an echo of pagan rituals. The celebration passes along for the whole week from Monday to Sunday. Every day has its own name and traditions.

Maslenitsa ends with Shrove Sunday according to Christian tradition. It is customary that people ask for everybody’s forgiveness on that day, even without feeling guilty. The phrase “God will forgive you” is said in response. Orthodox believers begin to hold the Lent after Shrove Sunday, which is supposed to be taken with a light heart and a pure soul.
Are you ready to have fun and eat crepes:-)? Learn main Russian Maslenitsa vocabulary with our short video!