” For example, if my girlfriend tells me that the guy sitting next to her in class copied her answers and she somehow got in trouble for it, I’d say, “I’m gonna show him Kuzkin’s mother!” I’ve asked, by the way, but no one seems to know who Kuzkin is, or why one would be inclined to show people his mother. It’s equally interesting to me how many of them are so similar. So there you have it, my 7 Russian sayings to make you fit in!The geographical spread of the Russian language goes far beyond Russia, as it is spoken (or at least understood) in many countries of the former USSR and it remains the key language across all of the Caucasus and Central Asia.The total number of Russian language speakers around the world is estimated to be from 255 to 285 million.Aid for certain programs, such as the academic year in Russia, runs out quickly, so apply as early as you can.Graduate students, 8-week students, faculty, and staff live in the dormitories of Middlebury College and take meals together in the dining hall.
They offer insight into the mindset of a people long on patience and short on money.Russians love to say, “In taste and color there are no comrades.” (Na fkus I svet, tovarisha nyet.) This is very close in meaning to the English, “To each his own,” but it’s more fun because it rhymes, and because it uses an old Soviet word ‘tovarish’, meaning comrade.Russians have another phrase which can roughly be translated as “To each his own,” and that is: “Everyone goes out of his mind in his own way.” (Kazhdi skhohdit suma pa svoimu.) The difference is, this is usually used to describe more eccentric habits or tastes.If you will have completed at least 4 years of Russian (or the equivalent), are interested in the graduate program, but aren't sure whether you will meet the proficiency requirements, you may go ahead and apply.If the Director decides that you are not ready for graduate work in Russian, we can switch your application to the 8-week program. Graduate applicants may apply for both need-based aid and special scholarships, such as the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace.