Russians to outlaw cash

Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov proposes to prohibit paying for large purchases in cash and move to electronic payments instead. The main idea is to limit cash transactions in order to make the economy more transparent and raise more taxes. The experts support the idea but point out that Russia needs at least 5 years…

How many languages are in the world?

How many languages are in the world? What do you think? During a public opinion survey in New York City, most people estimated that we have “perhaps several hundred of them.” The Linguistic Society of America has a more precise answer. One, two, three… In 1911 authors of encyclopedia Britannica estimated the number of known…

Where to Ukrainians fly? Most popular outgoing flights from Kiev, Ukraine

In 2016 Kiev International Airport (Zhuliany) handled over 1.1 million passengers. It’s an increase by 19.4% compared to 2015. Let’s find out where Ukrainians prefer to fly to. Most popular outgoing flights from Kiev, Ukraine The Kiev’s international airport handled 18,268 passenger flights in 2016, an increase of 2.3% to the previous year. The majority of flights were international…

Сколько в мире языков?

Как вы думаете, сколько в мире языков? Во время небольшого опроса жителей Нью-Йорка многие ответили, что «возможно, несколько сотен». Лингвистическое общество Америки решило ответить на вопрос поточнее. Раз, два, три… В энциклопедии «Британника» 1911 года указано, что в мире около 1000 языков. Интересно, что в течение 20 века количество известных языковых наречий постоянно росло. Не…

Ageism in Russia

Last month Russians found themselves in a heated debate about ageism in Russia. No one expected that a regular post about a recent American movie would provoke such a sharp dispute. Russian commissioner for human rights: “Not all passengers would feel pleased looking at old ladies serving coffee” The scandal broke when lawyer Alexei Dulenko…