Wed Aug 1, 2012, 09:51 PM
Kaleva (12,783 posts)
Russian military websites are supported by porn
When I go to Russian websites to look for info on the latest Tiger class corvette being offered for export or on the Gepard 3.9 corvette sold to the navy of Vietnam, invariably other sites pop up. I cannot read Russian but the pics give me a very good clue as to what is offered.
I can't read what's written on the Russian military websites either but I know enough about Russian military nomenclature to recognize it (such as I know what a AK-630M-2 or Fregat-MAE-4k is) and when I spot something I'm not familiar with, I can do a google search to find a website in English that tells me about it.
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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:08 AM
HopeHoops (47,675 posts)
3. I have no trouble reading Russian. The problem is my vocabulary has faded, so understanding...
... that can be a major problem. I use Pravda to try to keep myself at least in play. My German vocabulary has also degraded. I use der Tagesspiegel to try to keep up, but it's a lot harder. German strings words together to make new ones. If there's a way of saying "Man who stands on the corner with his fist up his nostril", it's probably one word, AND it will start with a capital letter.
If you know the alphabet, get a simple Russian-English dictionary and work on it. It's amazing how quickly you'll come back up to a moderately functional level.
Mine are individual volumes (about 1 1/2" thick hardbound). They were the best available in 1985 and were published in 1963 (the year I was born). I imagine there are better ones out there now (physical, not online), but I still use my old ones. I've also got a 2" thick Cassell's German both-way dictionary with REALLY REALLY REALLY tiny print. Fortunately I'm near-sighted, not far-sighted.