So I'm traveling to Russia (St. Petersburg and Moscow, not really RUSSIA but still) in 2 weeks, and I wanted to ask you for some important Russian phrases that one should know while being there (i.e. something like "push" or "pull" on doors and similar stuff) that one doesn't necessarily learn in a language course or that's not in one of those tourist travel guides.
Also, I know it's not the place for this, but maybe someone can help me with a gift idea or info on the gift etiquette in Russia. I'm staying with a host family in St. Petersburg and with a family of a friend of mine in Moscow and I'm not sure what to bring as a gift. (I live in Munich, Germany).
Thanks for any help!
Does anyone know whether the Russian name Pulcheria is related to the Latin-derived English words pulchritude and pulchritudinous? I'm reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and the protagonist's mother's first name is Pulcheria. If they are related, is it apparent in Russian that Pulcheria means something along the lines of beautiful?
Thanks in advance!
Sorry to bother but I need help with this Japanese word: ほぁた or ほぁあた or ほぁたぁ (seen all these different forms around) Basically "hoata" in romaji. I have been trying to figure out and search what it means but I can't find any results about it's meaning neither in English nor in Japanese.
Please, could you tell me what it means, where it comes from and how could I translate it into English?
An educated person, mid-19th Century, of Hungarian birth and brought up in Hungary, goes to live in Vienna; in letters (in German), entries in hotel registers etc., she habitually writes 'Vien' instead of 'Wien'. Might this have something to do with her Hungarian background?