russian is very hard


Holmes vs Stapleton: the face/hands journey showdown 

who did it better?


The German Reichsrevolver,

After the unification of Germany in 1871 the newly formed German Army sought to standardize all weapons and equipment. Before unification Germany consisted of a collection of independent states and kingdoms, each with their own small arms, artillery, and close quarter weapons. The German Army began by standardizing their rifles, then their artillery, then their cavalry equipment. At the bottom of their list, and certainly their lowest priority was the creation of a standard side arm.

The Model 1879 Reichsrevolver is not a complex revolver, a surprise considering that Germany has always had a reputation for producing revolutionary weapons designs. It was a simple and robust revolver, but unfortunately the M1879 was far outdated before it even hit the drawing board.  It was a six shot single action revolver, meaning that the hammer had to be cocked before each shot. Loading was done through a loading gate on the right hand side of the pistol, basically the user would half cock the hammer, which would allow the cylinder to spin freely. The user would hand rotate the cylinder and insert cartridges one at a time.  Incredibly, the M1879 lacked an ejector rod, typically a spring loaded rod that was integrated with the pistol which was used to eject empty cartridge casings from the chambers. Instead the user carried a separate rod in an ammunition belt and used it to punch out empty casings by hand.  Another interesting feature of the Reichsrevolver was a safety, located on the left hand side of the pistol. When activated the hammer could not be cocked. Such a feature is rare on single action revolvers because it is very difficult to accident cock such a pistol. The Reichsrevolver’s safety mechanism makes it an oddity among other single action revolvers. Another problem with the M1879 was that it’s ergonomics were terrible. It’s a big honkin’ pistol that really wasn’t designed to fit the hand very well. Even a German with larger than average hands may have a hard time aiming, cocking, and firing the revolver comfortably. 

The Model 1879 Reichsrevolver was a very quaint and dated design for it’s time. By the late 1870′s Belgian, French, English, Austrian, and American gun designers were making revolvers, both single action and double action, that were far better than the M1879 and had many unique and revolutionary design elements..  A good example was the Colt M1873 Single Action Army, the classic cowboy gun which shares the same features of the Reichsrevolver.  Despite being introduced years earlier, it was a far better pistol with better ergonomics, better weight and balance, and of course it had an ejector rod. The Colt 1873 is the simplest example, by the late 1870′s European pistol designers had created double action models, swing out cylinder models, top break systems, and even auto ejectors. 

While the Reichsrevolver was lacking in most areas, there are some advantageous features. First and foremost the Reichsrevolver was a simple and robust pistol. When you cocked the hammer and pulled the trigger it went bang, and it could take a beating and still keep going bang.  It was also very easy to mass produce. Finally it was chambered for a 10x25mmR cartridge which was essentially a clone of the Smith & Wesson Russian,which was a very hard hitting cartridge.

Despite these advantages the Reichsrevolver is kind of disappointing because Germany could have done better, but pretty much made an active decision not to. Germany had a long history of firearms design before then, going back to early wheel-lock rifles, to flintlock jaeger rifles, the revolutionary Dreyse Needle rifle and Krupp artillery. Germany certainly had the know-how, technical ability, industry,and resources to create something much better, but they didn’t. The German Army got what it wanted, a simple, functional, and rugged revolver that was cheap and easy to produce with no frills, bells, and whistles.   It’s interesting to note that a generation later, Germany would suddenly spead ahead at warp speed with semi automatic designs such as the Borchardt, Luger pistol and Mauser Broomhandle 

In 1883 Germany would introduce a new model of the Reichsrevolver called the Model 1883, which featured a smaller barrel, smaller frame and a smaller better shaped grip to fit the hand. 

Collectors typically refer to the M1879 as the “Cavalry Model” and the M1883 the “Officers Model”. However those are just collectors designations and neither was exclusively issued to cavalry or officers. Interestingly, a number of smaller firms would take up the design and produce their own versions for the commercial market. These designs upgraded the Reichsrevolver with double action variants, pocket revolvers, and of course the addition of a proper ejector rod.  One of the most interesting designs was a pocket revolver called the “Baby Reichsrevolver” which featured two triggers, the first which rotated the cylinder, the second which fired the revolver. It also featured a proper ejector rod.

The Reichsrevolver would serve the German Army throughout the 1880′s and 1890′s, being officially retired in 1908 with the adoption of the Luger semi automatic pistol. However, the outbreak of World War I brought the Reichsrevolver back into regular use as the war created a shortage of pistols. They were quickly taken out of storage, dusted off, and typically issued to secondary troops such as supply, artillery, and reserve units. Supposedly they were even issued to Volkssturm units during World War II, although I’ve never found any hard evidence supporting this.

No One Like Victor

(sometime, after the Banquet, in a tavern in Sochi)


Gosh it disturbs me to see you, Victor!

Looking so down in the dumps.

Every skater wants to be you, Victor.

No one else can do your jumps.

There’s no man on the rink as admired as you.

You’re everyone’s fave Russian guy.

Everyone’s awed and inspired by you.

And it’s not very hard to see why!

No one’s slick as Victor

No one one’s quick as Victor

No one aces a quadruple flip like Victor!

For there’s no man in Russia as flawless, shining as bright as the sun!

You can ask Georgi, Mila or Yakov -
and they’ll tell you whose victory they’re betting on!

No one’s skilled like Victor

No one’s willed like Victor

No one’s programs are instant judge kills like Victor’s!


As an ice skater, yes, I’m quite fascinating!

Christophe and Chorus:

My, what a guy, that Victor!


No one flies like Victor

No one smiles like Victor


no one’s di- 
dog is quite this large in size as Victor’s!


For there’s no other student as stubborn!


That’s right, I’m one determined guy!


He’s strong-minded , I do beg your pardon!


And if you want the last word, then please feel free to try !


No one’s rare like Victor

Struts round bare like Victor

No one else can wear long fashionable hair like Victor!


I’m especially good at this flower braiding !


20 points for Victor!


When I was a teen, I could not hold a drink, and the vodka all just went to waste.

Now that I’m older I hold 15 drinks -and I’ll just add juice if I don’t like the taste!


Aah, oww, wow!

My what a guy , that Victor!

No one spins like Victor

No one wins like Victor

No one rules as the stadium’s king like Victor!


I use ninjas in all of my decorating!


My, what a guy, Victor!

anonymous asked:

I'm not making any progress with Russian, and I'm really upset about it! It looks like I'll never be able to pass the A1 level even if I've been studying it for quite a long time :( do you have any suggestions on how to overcome this? Thank you!

I hope you mean CEFR A1 (beginning Russian) and not the UK A-level exams because I have no experience with them, other than that they go beyond beginner Russian. Generally,  the A1 test tests you on how well you can conjugate verbs, decline nouns, basic verb of motions, and a base vocab of ~ 500 words.  In addition, for the TORFL (test of Russian as a foreign language), you will have a speaking, writing, and listening parts. These tips are for general study and not test specific.

So first off, declining nouns & adjectives! For the A1, you should know all six types of declensions and how to form/recognize them. I made a post here about general Russian cases that you can use to quickly review. I also made a declension chart with cheat sheets here and practice sheets here that can help you out. With declensions, you need to be able to look at a noun and correctly decline it. If, for example, there is a word you do not know and you see a verb like видеть before it, you know it should be in the accusative case. Another thing to review is prepositions that use certain cases. At an A1 level, these are в (prepositional) , на (prep) , о/об (prep), к (dative), с instrumental), от (genitive), из (genitive) & у (genitive). They can take other cases but you won’t be expected to know that. You can try to remember them by using music. It is how I remembered a lot of them, as I have lyrics stuck in my head like “с ними” and remember that it is instrumental and so I should decline the noun like that. You can also use Russian in Exercises for more practice.

Vocabulary! I can’t say how many words you need exactly for the A1 exam but it is between 300-800. There are plenty of lists out there with the top 1000 words, but I think that the 300 words to speak a language list translated by @afossysm here are great, although you will also need to know other basic vocab so here is another one.

Verbs. For A1, you should know how to conjugate basic verbs like читать, жить, ходить, etc. in the present and maybe past tense. I found that just writing out conjugation tables is very helpful as you get to see the patterns and highlighting them was very fun. Here is a verb conjugator. There is also this grammar website that goes more in-depth.

I think that what really helps you is just doing a bunch of exercises. Russian at the beginning was very hard for me because I couldn’t do much if I couldn’t even decline a noun properly. I started out using my cheat sheets when I couldn’t remember the ending and then gradually I started to remember them. Granted, I spent 4 hours/day on homework as a beginner until my next Russian course where I spent 1 hr/day on Russian. I can only say to make it fun because if you start hating grammar practice, then it may not stick and you’ll forget it.  This is why you should find music that you like and look at lyrics or watch cartoons with subtitles. I listed below a lot of things that can help. The tools & apps posts are what I highly recommend that you use since you seem to need more modes of learning rather than through a book. I also have cheat sheets so that you can memorize the rules.

Has anyone stopped to think about how child!Otabek felt while training so far away from home and anyone from his family, even his childhood friends, to be doing a very hard training with perfect skilled russian skaters? And how Yuri was someone that despite everything he remember and he wanted to be friends with? 

So, when they were lil kids, Yuri probably shared his grandpa amazing food with that sad, lonely, and hurt child from another country and until this day Otabek is grateful for giving him strength during such a hard time. That must be one reason for him to think of Yuri as a soldier. ♥ 

Cute! >_<’ 



It was weird being in Japan, and only being able to speak Russian and English. He could talk to some people, but it was very hard to communicate with him not being very good at English to begin with. Victor was still learning, but he’d get better in time. 

Yakov had taken Victor to a small coffee shop on their way to a competition. They still had a whole day of traveling to go, and Victor was practically begging for something sweet. The young skater went to the counter, and scanned the area for a worker. Yakov had irresponsibly left Victor, so he could go to the bathroom. 

Excuse me?” Victor spoke his best English to the young boy. “Mother? Where she is?” The young boy was behind the counter, and looked pretty comfortable behind there, so he assumed he was the kid of an employee. 

spockri replied to your photo: sgrinfia19: Ok. Kursk the film with mr. Colin…

@missbeckywrites re:your tags. I feel the same. I love seeing these pics but im pretty sure ill be tearing up when i watch the film. Also curious how colin’s russian accent is.

I suspect it’s going to be a very hard movie to watch. But I will be seeing it anyway, of course. We can all cry on each other’s shoulders afterward.

anonymous asked:

Is there any explanation you can give for Tiny!Natasha in the issue 16 preview? Rather, the implication that she was already at Red Room when she was that young? To me, she looks to be about the same age she was when she met Logan.

Sorry it took so long to get to this, but I didn’t want to go through all the effort of no-prizing to have my explanation contradicted the very next issue. Now that the run is over, we’re probably safe.

So, yes! And it actually has to do with Logan, since he is the nexus of all continuities. In Wolverine Origins #9, Daniel Way establishes that Natasha had a never-before-seen abusive fake father, Taras Romanov. Way’s big plot twist is that ten-year-old Natasha is actually working for his totally awesome mastermind bad guy Romulus, ~ancient lord of the wolf people~, secretly behind Weapon X. These are the stories referenced in the Wolverine parts of Deadly Origin.

Taras: She now sees me as her father, Logan. And since she calls you “little uncle”—
Logan: You sayin’ we’re brothers, Taras?
Taras: I’m not saying a thing.

These are also really stupid stories. Natasha already had an established murky surrogate father figure in Ivan, and her own Killer Orphan Factory, which are ignored in the Way issues in favor of building up this really stupid Wolverine bad guy.

Deadly Origin makes it clear how nonsensical this is: he has Natasha being foisted off into a totally separate super spy training program before encountering the Red Room.

To me, it makes more sense if this training program is actually the Red Room. Maybe the pre-war version of the program is not as developed or articulated. I, personally, would be fine ignoring Taras Romanov altogether, but it’s not very hard to take a stock evil Russian interested in orphans, to connect him with the Red Room, or the group that becomes the Red Room, in time.

From there, you can follow the basic outline set up by Deadly Origin. Logan still infiltrates the operation, trains with Natalia, and helps her escape. We pretend Way’s retcon to Uncanny X-men #268 never happened, and Natasha falls back in with Ivan and his soldier pals and spends the war years on the run. It gives the Red Room a better reason to be looking for her if they are trying to take her back. The sequence where an older Natasha decides to (re)join them in exchange for Ivan’s life hangs together just fine.

This allows for Natasha to have a life and childhood outside the Red Room that I don’t think she makes sense without, and fits with the girl we see in the Noto/Edmondson’s flashbacks, brave and determined to do bright things. Black Widow #16 even deals with the possibility of escape:

It’s healthy for them to escape once in a while. It’s good to see how they perform in the real world. Natasha shows a great deal of promise. She’s good. She could be the best.

If Natasha ran away in Black Widow #16, she could do it again. She could probably do it better than her handlers realize. Especially if Wolverine helped.

While a most of the time when I talk about continuity I don’t have to make stuff up, I’m connecting the dots here in ways that Marvel’s left unsorted. But I think it works, makes as much sense as comics do, and makes room for all the major stuff without using fake memories as a crutch. Most importantly, it’s thematically resonant: taking the Red Room something Natasha recommits herself to when she’s older, but still young, lets her redemption be a question of choices. And Natasha becomes Red Room’s best agent because she was the best one at escaping it.

Panels from Black Widow: Deadly Origin #2 and Black Widow #16.


I think it’s more likely that MCU Natasha was born in 1984. Yes, the KGB collapsed in 1991, but the Red Room has survived in comic book canon both as a legitimate entity under the GRU umbrella and as an independent shadow organization with much of its old KGB loyalties. The reference to the KGB is probably, mostly because that is the Russian acronym US audiences can speak. But it’s not very hard to make the KGB live on after their real world dissolution in a world where the Nazi super-science division is a current credible threat.

On the other hand I have a lot of trouble trying to make some secret other birthdate fit the story logic of this film. Natasha is positioned as a modern foil to Steve. It’s not just that she teases him about his age; she lives and breathes in the ambiguities that only stretch him paranoid. She takes a contemporary approach to a contemporary reality, he is old-fashioned, they find a way to meet in the middle, shifting both of them for the better. The screenwriters in interviews have been pretty upfront about this, the reasons they used her character, and how they meant for her to look her age.

The other thing is that the files Zola had access to are SHIELD’s files, HYDRA’s files. Those are the files Natasha releases to the world at great personal cost, the culmination of her character arc. She gives up her secrets, willingly. She chooses truth over shadow, just once. And to give her some sort of double top secret still hidden ultralife just negates that heroism. It makes her past more important than where she’s going.

That said, I don’t think you’re overthinking, and I’m sure other fans will have fun reading the same scenes differently than me, and that is fine. When I started reading comics and fell into Natasha, she wasn’t born in 1928, she didn’t have stealth anti-aging powers. I don’t mean this in a hipster nerdcred got-there-first way. But I think how and when we first meet characters has an impact on how we see them, how we think they should be. I do not have a huge problem if the MCU winds up leaning a different direction, but a lot of people do, and I wonder if that might be a kind of explanation.

I do think, well, it’s not as though Marvel is only twisting Natasha this way, trying to diminish her. Nick Fury has a much larger WWII past. He’s the leader of the original Howling Commandos, and that seems to be gone, too. But the scenes we got of him in CA:TWS, about his grandfather, his old neighborhood, eyeing the cops in his car— those things might not be strictly true, they might not be the same, but they reveal a lot about that character in this world.

The story goes that Natasha saw her world burn down in Stalingrad ‘43, that she was born into fire and chaos. Maybe in this beginning she saw her country collapse, Moscow '91. I’m worried about how they will tell her origin, whether they will ever get around to it. But I know that if they do it won’t be the same— it will be that character in this world.


Moscow to Beijing - Trans-Siberian Express - Havana Club Gap Year

Day 5-6 / On board.

This is the first time in my life I spend 48 hours on a train and I’m just loving it. I’ve also met really interesting people; travelers doing the same route I’m doing and also very friendly Russians that try really hard to communicate with me, and between signs, some words in english and many laughs we get to share our experiences. I’ve learn some new card and dice games, but I’m really bad at it, so I better go back to my books. Although there is a really nice dinning car on the train I’m still eating instant noodles, sardines and olives, and off course I have my Havana Club bottle, ready to be shared with new friends.  This is one trip everyone should do once in their lives.  - Julián- @havanaclubcolombia @_HavanaClub #HavanaClubGapYear #AñoSabático #GapYear #Travel #bestvacations #igerscolombiaext #vsco #vscocam #Russia #Transsiberian

I think it’s important to know about this history, to remember it, because of the way the Chechen people suffered. Growing up, we were treated as if our nation was shameful and we should not be proud of our history and in the works of Russian writers, Chechens are the enemy. Even in Russian lullabies it is the Chechen that’s called up to frighten children. We were singled out as a nation for suffering.

This history turns around. Now Chechen mothers tell their children if they don’t obey they will give them to Russians. For Chechens everything was and still is very hard, to get accepted, to enter the university, to get a good job, everything. We have been branded with the name “Chechens” as a black mark. We had to be twice better than the next person in order to be considered for any benefit or any promotion and I saw the Chechens were discriminated against repeatedly and good jobs went to less qualified Russians than the Chechens.

—  Satsita Muradova

anonymous asked:

Привет! I'm new to learning Russian, and I have a question about the alphabet. Ь and Ъ palatalize and prevent palatalization of the preceding consonant, respectively, but I've had trouble understanding what palatalization is and how to apply it. Спасибо! :)

Hey! in the Russian language, there are hard and soft (palatalized) consonants. They basically sound differently and change the nature of the following vowel. In English, you don’t differentiate softness/ hardness, but in Russian, it is very important. Most consonant letters represent both hard and soft consonant sound. I have recorded words with hard and soft consonants for students of Russian to practice listening and checking the differences: here is the recording.

And here is my article with some theoretical explanation about hard and soft consonants. 

I hope you’ll find those links helpful. Good luck! 

To anyone that knows Korean/Russian/Finnish/Japanese

For the past 3 years, I’ve been trying very, very, very hard but failing miserably to learn Korean, Russian, Japanese and Finnish. If you already know one or more of them could you please give me some pointers?

Also, if by any chance you know of any fun games that can help me learn Korean, Finnish, Russian or Japanese, could you please tell me? I have some severe learning disabilities, so learning new things is extremely difficult for me, so it helps me significantly when I’m having fun. Also, because of those learning disabilities it’d be best if the games are aimed at kids, but I am definitely willing to give games that aren’t for kids a try, what’s most important is that it’s fun, that way I can learn and understand a bit easier. I’ve already tried every app in the iTunes App Store that I can find, with no luck so far.

If you can help me even just a little bit if be so grateful.

One more thing, if you read this, even if you don’t know any of the languages, could you pretty please reblog this? That way more people will see this post and the more people who see this the better my chances of finding someone who will be able to help me.

Thank you very much!

have-a-mary-day  asked:

I am studying Russian at my school, and I only speak English outside of school which has very few similarities to Russian. Makes it a little hard, but I love love love it:) I was wondering if you could link some cool websites or blogs? I also really like Russian history.

Hi! Let’s start with the Russian history. If you are into history, here is probably the best course of the Russian history by Vasily Klyuchevskiy. 

As of online resources,  I hope you’ll find something that would fit your needs best here: Top 100 resources to Learn Russian

I also bookmark useful links into the Proper Russian group on Diigo. Take a look at it, probably, you’ll find something interesting.  

There is a large polyglot community here on Tumblr, and among many others, I would suggest Russian Grammar . There is a wonderful collection of helpful websites there:

My dear friends, what blogs and websites would you suggest? Your help is highly appreciated! 


Very good explanation of Russian hard and soft consonant sounds.