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The English Invasions

Author: Michelle A. Berdy
Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Nov/Dec 2014
Survival Russian
Page 28   ( 1 pages)

Summary: Russia may have become staunchly anti-Western, but it would be very hard to say the same thing about the language.


In case you haven’t heard, we’re very anti-West over here in Russia these days. If it comes from Europe or America – ?? ?????? (we’re against it). We’re against iPhones (except the iPhone 6 hidden in our pocket). We’re against European cars (except the really expensive ones we like to drive). We’re against European values (whatever they are), and European food (except the Parmesan and prosciutto we smuggled back in our suitcases from Rome). We’re outlawing foreign-made computer programs (except the ones in our iPads). We’re against Mastercard and Visa (although we use their cards). We’re even closing down McDonald’s restaurants, looking for something wrong so we can be against them, too. If it’s foreign, we’re against it.

Except words. Despite proposed laws to ban the use of foreign words, Russians are still borrowing words like crazy, mostly from English, and fully integrating them into everyday speech.

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