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Attention – Lesia Lishchuk – Cheater

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Dear Students,

the school is closed.

This message is to warn everyone who is affiliated with Lesia Lishchuk.

Last week Lesia Lishshuk was fired as director of the language school. It was discovered that she was embezzling/stealing money from the company since it opened in 2016. A police report was created and she will be sued in court.

Lesia was supposed to help running the school according to Ukrainian law. The language school has a lot of students, but almost all payments that the school received from students were hidden by Lesia.

Nearly all the equipment she bought for the school, with company money or money invested by owner, she bought in her own name with delivery to school. The goal was obviously to steal as much equipment as possible if her scheme is discovered.

After Lesia was fired she convinced the landlord of the school office to change the rental contract in her name so that it is not possible to access the office anymore and the school had to pause operations.

The school might not be possible to be rescued but all legal options will be used to get her convicted for fraud and theft. If you are in business with her make sure you are not trusting her with money, get a receipt for all services and be always aware that you might be the next she is stealing from.

- The Owner -

Cute Russian Language

Or how to use diminutives in Russian

Published on Friday, 20 October 2017 and posted in Russian - Beginner

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Russian language is popular for the use of diminutives, which emphasize either the small size of object or person, or to express speaker's emotional relationship towards a certain object or person. The sound of these specific forms is very cute and when foreigners try to use them in real life it sounds even more and more cute.

Russian native speakers use diminutives everywhere so it's quite important to identify them.

Let’s learn some common examples how to build diminutives with a help of different suffixes:

Diminutives suffixes for nouns (female gender)

- к (а)
кровать — кроватка (a bed)
рука — ручка (a hand)

- очк(а), - ечк(а)
карта — карточка (a card)
кошка — кошечка (a female cat)

- онк(а), -енк(а)
собака - собачонка (a dog)
песня - песенка (a song)

- оньк(а), - еньк(а)
лиса — лисонька (a fox)
дорога - дороженька (a road)

- иц(а)
сестра — сестрица (a sister)
вещь — вещица (a thing)

Diminutives suffixes for nouns (male gender)

- ик
стол - столик (a table)
зонт - зонтик (an umbrella)

- чик
круассан - круассанчик (a croissant)
огурец - огурчик (a cucumber)

- ок, ёк, ек
город — городок (a city)
день — денёк (a day)
замок - замочек (a lock)

- ец
брат — братец (a brother)
мороз — морозец (a frost)

Diminutives suffixes for nouns (neutral gender)

- ишк(о), ышк(о)
вино - винишко (a wine)
солнце - солнышко (a sun)

Also we can use diminutives to emphasize a pejorative meaning of the noun:

Nouns with a pejorative meaning (female gender)

- онк(а), -ёнк(а)
душа — душонка (a soul)
работа — работёнка (a job)

Nouns with a pejorative meaning (male and neutral gender)

- ишк(о)
вор - воришка (a thief)
люди — людишки (people)
пальто — пальтишко (a coat)

As you see from examples of diminutives in Russian language we quite often use them in colloquial style. Therefore you should be very careful to use them because they can express speaker's emotional relationship towards a certain object or person in a positive and pejorative way!

Our LAE school wishes you a good luck in learning both serious and cute Russian language!

Wishing you good luck and see you soon at LAE school

Lesia Lishchuk