I had my interview with CEU and I think it went okay, but it was definitely not my finest moment. Trying to recall books I read 3 years ago was not the easiest thing to do on the spot. I also got disconnected part of the way through. Oh well. Let’s see what happens?
войска - troops, forces (plural)
Article Headline on Ukrainian Pravada website: “Правозащитники РФ - против планов Путина ввести войска в Крым.” - Russian human rights activists are against Putin’s plans to deploy troops to Crimea.
вторжение - invasion
"Куницын: "В Крыму происходит вооруженное вторжение российских силовиков."
Kunitsyn: “A Russian military invasion is occurring in Crimea.”
The past few words of the day have been related to pejoratives and vulgarities of the Russian language. Calling someone an imbecile or a bitch will probably not make you many, if any, friends.
However, I think that being exposed to this type of language isn’t necessarily a bad thing. While I don’t condone using this type of language in your contact with Russian speaking people, you might want to be aware of such words and phrases, in case you run into some unsavory characters.
Unfortunately, not all encounters in foreign places are fun and safe, and sometimes knowing that you are being disrespected, or possibly even threatened might make a difference in your travels one day.
сука - bitch
Закрой свой рот сука! (Za-kroy svoy rot soo-ka!) ~ Shut your mouth bitch!
Obviously, don’t say this around your babooshka.
I got accepted to George Washington University’s MA in Media and Public Affairs program today. The details are forthcoming by snail mail, but I am both slightly surprised and slightly relieved I was accepted. The only other program I’m waiting to hear from is Central European University’s MA in Nationalism Studies program. I don’t hear back from them until April 1 though. But in the meantime, I can relax a little knowing I can stay in DC if I want and have something to do.
Since the Olympics is taking place in the North Caucasus region of the Russian Federation, I thought I would post some of the demonyms of the various nationalities that reside in the region, as they are in Russian. This is by no means an exhaustive list. It should also be noted I only gave the nominative, masculine version of the demonym:
Aзербайджанец - Azeri, Azerbaijani (Az-er-bai-jan-ets)
Aбхазец - Abkhazian (Ab-khaz-ets)
Aварец - Avar (A-var-ets)
Aрмянин - Armenian (Ar-mi-neen)
Грузин - Georgian (Gru-zeen)
Ингуш - Ingush (In-goosh)
Kурд - Kurd (Koord)
Oсетин - Ossetian (As-ye-teen)
Черкес - Circassian (Cher-kyes)
Чеченец - Chechen (Che-chyen-ets)