I recently ran into a very cute Russian cartoon that is one of many famous “Masha and the Bear” Маша и Медведь series. It is called Первый раз в первый класс! that literally means “first time to the first grade”, but translates as “First Day of School”. It was just in time for the Day of Knowledge День знаний celebrated all over Russia on the first of September. This is a very enjoyable, well-made cartoon with two main characters - a cute but ann...

I recently ran into a very cute Russian cartoon that is one of the famous “Masha and the Bear” series. This is a very enjoyable, well-made cartoon with two cute main characters - the annoying girl Mash and the caring bear Misha. This adorable cartoon is full of cultural nuances and authentic vocabulary that could be useful for beginning Russian learners. However, the questions is whether or not students of Russian can learn any language and/or cu...

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