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A special episode of Ruspod Shorts focuses on a bunch of Russian words that are very rarely translated into English: some, because they actually entered the English vocabulary; some, because they describe specifically Russian things; and some, because there's just no way to translate them, they can only be explained. 


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Vocabulary

погром
[pah-GROHM]

pogrom, a violent riot

бабушка
[BAH-boosh-kah]

an old lady; babooshka in English is a head-scarf

спутник
[SPOOT-neek]

sputnik, satellite

космонавт
[kos-moh-NAHFT]

cosmonaut, a Russian/Soviet astronaut

большевик
[bohl'-sheh-VEEK]

bolshevik

гласность
[GLAHS-nost']

openness, publicity

совет
[sah-VYEHT]

council, advice, soviet

интеллигенция
[een-tyeh-llee-GYEHN-tsyh-yah]

intelligentsia, intellectual class

пошлость
[POSH-lost']