Articles by Berenice Owen-Jones

Market Sets New Trend In Modern Shopping

Land-Locked Moscow Offers Sea of Selection

Discover Fresh Humus In Detsky Mir's Soukh

Fresh and Frozen Turkey From Russia and Abroad

Moscow Supermarkets Live Up to Their Name

Russia's Butcher Shops And Their Revolution

Global Food Gamut Tempts Baby Palates

For Formal Entertaining, Call Up a Catering Crew

Spice Up Moscow Life With an Indian Feast

Sink Your Teeth Into Crusty, Moist Bread

Sink Your Teeth Into Crusty, Moist Bread

Francophile Flavor, All-Russian Attitude

Hairdressers to Soothe Those Bad Hair Blues

Parisian They're Not, but Moscow Has Cafes

Language Lessons From Pushkin to Politics

Living in Moscow is bound to shake an English-speaker's complacency about the need to learn a foreign language. At least rudimentary Russian is required to break out of the expensive cocoon of an English-language-only existence. Basic Russian is invaluable not only for simply leading a somewhat normal life in Moscow, but it's also helpful in avoiding embarrassing situations. I realized that my Russian needed brushing up after I thanked the hostess at a dinner party for a very skuchno (boring) dinner when I really meant vkusno (delicious). It was again time to juggle Russian declensions, verbs of motion which I had studiously been avoiding, and the subtleties of the perfective and imperfective verb forms. In recent years, Moscow has witnessed a boom in the number of Russian language courses available to the non-native speaker, from the businessperson who could care less about Pushkin to the accomplished linguist looking for some fine-tuning.

The Moscow Playbill: Keeping Kids Amused

Bunches of Brunches for Sunday Afternoons