“No Food”?—Or How Not to Translate!

Oct 23, 2014 by

On occasion, I use this blog to rant about bad translations I encounter in movies and novels, particularly those set in Russia. With over 800,000 speakers of Russian in the U.S., what is these writers’ excuse for producing sloppy...

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Russian-Based Pidgins in Siberia

Oct 20, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in April 2012] My earlier posts described the indigenous peoples of Siberia and their languages, as well as the Russian colonization and gradual cultural and linguistic Russification of Siberia....

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The cuisines of Siberia

Oct 20, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in April 2012] Since Siberia is distinguished by harsh climates, its inhabitants – both the indigenous peoples and the Russian settlers – had to develop unique culinary approaches in order to...

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Best Country To Be a Mother: Finland

Oct 20, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in June 2013] Among the world’s many social development indices is the 2013 Mothers’ Index recently published by the Save the Children charity. The index is a composite of five factors: maternal...

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Sex ratios in Siberia and the Chinese threat

Oct 20, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in April 2012] Maps such as the one on the left reveal a severe demographic imbalance in the sex ratio (the number of males divided by the number of females) in Russia. While few countries in the...

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The Best and Worst Places for Women

Oct 20, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in June 2012] In September 2011, Newsweek/The Daily Beast analyzed data for 165 countries to determine which countries offer women the most expansive rights and the best quality of life. Several...

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More on the alleged correlation between “future tense” and “future-ori...

Oct 19, 2014 by

[Many thanks to Vitaliy Rayz for a helpful discussion!] In a study conducted a couple of years ago, Yale economist Keith Chen claims that there is a correlation, and even a causation relation, between the availability of “future...

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