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Great Russian quotes about language

May I bring some more Russian goodness from www.gramota.ru to your attention?  I love their collection of quotes from (mostly) Russian literary heavy-hitters such a Tolstoy (Толстой), Pushkin (Пушкин), and Chekhov (Чехов).

Here are a few good ones that I’ve quickly translated from Russian into English:


Нравственность человека видна в его отношении к слову.

“One’s virtue is seen in how he treats words.”


Слово должно быть по росту мысли.

“The word must be as tall as the thought.”


Чтение – вот лучшее учение!

“Learning is better than reading!”


As always, any comments on the translations are welcome!  Thanks!

Test your Russian Grammar skills

Can’t afford a personal Russian language coach?  The “Interactive Dictation” (Интерактивный диктант) feature on www.gramota.ru may be the next best thing.  It’s always available and is never in a bad mood.  You can practice at your own pace, and—best of all—it’s free!

Here’s how it works.  Once you go to the website, you’ll see a list of names of authors.


Each author’s name is followed by the name of one of his or her works.  Pick one.

You’ll then see a passage of text sprinkled with yellow boxes.


Each yellow box is a test of your skills in Russian grammar or spelling.  Click on a box to reveal a dropdown menu of punctuation or letter combinations.  Choose one of the options for each yellow box.


Then click the “Check” (Проверить) button to see how you did.


Correct answers will be rendered green, and incorrect answers will be red.


That’s great, but there’s more!  Not only do you get to see what you got wrong, you get to learn why!  Click on each red box to see an explanation of the grammar or spelling rules that you broke.





What a great resource!  Enjoy!