Kitty Levin

I stalk:
Eastern European nations, particularly Lithuania and Russia
Singers from the aforementioned nations, especially those who've been in Eurovision and/or are ludicrously famous
Languages (stress patterns and all)
Anything cool that has to do with history, international relations, or linguistics.
I obsess over this stuff no end, to the benefit of whoever's interested.
日本語を少し話す, и сейчас я занимаюсь русским языком. Ir studijuoju lietuvių kalbą! Please feel free to write to me in any of the aforementioned languages . . .
More Stuff I Like
Cool Blogs and People

thisbelongsinamuseum:

The Japanese Rural Toy Museum, founded in 1967, is hidden behind a bunch of old warehouses in the back alleys of Kurashiki. Hundreds of handmade and antique toys from different parts of Japan are displayed in four rooms of a converted rice storehouse, including over 200 kites plus bells and whistles, miniature floats, antique Japanese dolls and masks, traditional Kurashiki Hariko (hand-painted papier-mache figurines), and spinning tops. The museum’s owner Ohga Hiroyuki is actually in the Guinness World Book of Records for spinning a giant top for 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 57 seconds in 1983. Unfortunately, the record has since been broken by someone else, using a custom-made top Ohga had designed. But if you ask, he will do a little demonstration for you. Of course not for over an hour. You can also purchase a toy of your own in the attached shop, which sells regional toys, crafts and artwork.

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(со страницы samira2011)

theweekmagazine:

Putin warns the West: “It’s best not to mess with us.”

Just hours after asking pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin took a very different tone

I can’t even comment on this.  I’m so fucking done.

auxiliaryanimorphs:

alright so ive seen this compilation post, uploaded by batmanisagatewaydrug around a million fucking times and i’m reuploading it instead of giving it more notes because it’s already at like 220k or something ridiculous like that and i’d just like to say

  1.  theroguefeminist isnt exactly known for phrasing things well & is not always well liked among sj people. what i think they were trying to say is that it’s important to recognize valid parts of people’s identities, as the original post seemed to endorse the “I don’t see you as (x)” sort of mentality
  2. i call bullshit on the messages. OP just wanted notes at the expense of feminism
  3. thebitterfrenchcanadian’s faq confirms that this is a joke and you are all gullible
  4. wolfstirfry’s sidebar says ‘that post was a joke’ on it
  5. it’s not anyone’s responsibility to educate people who are hurting them, and the commenter was making the point that OP was unlikely to have experienced that
  6. troll anon. see use of vuv and incorrect understanding of cultural appropriation
  7. emeralddragoness has deleted but honestly i think this boils down to what a person is comfortable with themselves and OP was rlly rude in response
  8. troll anon again
  9. the way this is full of buzzwords and the cutesy emote at the end makes me think its a troll post although dating, as it doesnt exist in nature, is technically a social construct (not that that’s a bad thing)
  10. this was posted by a literal neo-nazi white supremacist, formerly known as sophia-kaminski. she’s literally the furthest thing from social justice you can get. also, a note to the commenter, race is not just skin color

conclusion: tumblr is gullible as hell and will take any excuse to hate minorities who are sticking up for themselves

This post is vital.

(со страницы souviet)

starpl:

как просили селфЯ с @pelageya001 )))

PELEGEYA’S HAIR

(со страницы fyeahdimabilan)

Asker Аноним Asks:
I think it's cool you're in St. Petersburg! I want to study abroad, but the thought of living with a family makes me nervous (especially because my Russian isn't that great). How do you like your host mom/family??
kittylevin kittylevin Said:

I love my host family!  I can’t guarantee that every host family is good, of course, but if you go to a well-vetted program, you will have a good time. Fill out the forms specifying the kind of family you want to stay with in detail; really think about what kind of person you are and what you need, so there won’t be a clash of personalities.  I did that, and got well matched; my family is pretty chill and permissive, interesting to talk to, and culinarily talented.  Every family has its own awesome traits and skills!  Remember that anyone taking in a foreign student must be friendly to foreigners and want to help; they won’t be horrible to you!  

If you know enough Russian to order in a restaurant, you’ll probably be fine in a bigger city in Russia.  You aren’t supposed to speak Russian to cops if you aren’t Russian, and you’ll usually be able to find someone who can help you with things in English, except in stores/restaurants.  So don’t worry if your Russian isn’t great right now—and anyway, it’ll get EXPONENTIALLY better from the first minute in country!  I really recommend both studying abroad and living with a host family, and I hope you’ll be able to do it, anon!

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!

johneggbutt:

have-a-plate-of-fuck-you-too:

mousaka:

YOU CAME TO THE WRONG NEIGHBORHOOD, MOTHERFUCKER

THAT IS THE ANGRIEST ZEBRA I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE

IT GETS FUNNIER THE MORE I WATCH IT

*horseback riders shrug, we’ve seen worse*

johneggbutt:

have-a-plate-of-fuck-you-too:

mousaka:

YOU CAME TO THE WRONG NEIGHBORHOOD, MOTHERFUCKER

THAT IS THE ANGRIEST ZEBRA I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE

IT GETS FUNNIER THE MORE I WATCH IT

*horseback riders shrug, we’ve seen worse*

(со страницы communistpartyforeverybody)

newyorker:

The International Center of Photography, in a joint effort with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, now offers digital access to its Roman Vishniac archive. Take a look at some of his work, which documents Eastern European Jewish life between 1935 and 1938.

Top: An elder of the village, Vysni Apsa, Carpathian Ruthenia, c. 1935–38. Bottom: Students sharing books in heder, Brod, c. 1935–38. Photographs © Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography.

starpl:

#голос начали !!! @agutinleonid #Градский @pelageya001 #ЮрийАксюта

(со страницы fyeahdimabilan)