Lesson 075

Capitalization in Russian

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In general, the Russians use capitalization much less than the English speakers. For example, the names of languages and days of the week must start from the lowercase in Russian. In order for you not to get confused, we’ve prepared this lesson about the capitalization rules in the Russian language.

It’s actually quite easy to remember: there are only two cases where you have to capitalize the first letter of the Russian words. They are:

– a proper name:

А́нна (Anna)
Фра́нция (France)
Москва́ (Moscow)

– the first letter in a sentence.

Do not capitalize:

– words derived from proper names:

Москва́ – моско́вский (of Moscow);

– words designating nationality:

францу́з (French person)
ру́сский (Russian person)
италья́нец (Italian person)

– titles and modes of address:

профе́ссор (professor)
до́ктор (doctor)
господи́н (sir)

– days of the week and months:

янва́рь (January)
понеде́льник (Monday).

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And this is it for this lesson. Practice today’s examples with the audio recording and memorize new vocabulary.

The offline version of this lesson is available here

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  • Question # 1
    Which option is incorrect?
    • Францу́з
    • Испа́ния
    • испа́нский
    • италья́нка
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  • Question # 2
    Which option is incorrect?
    • ста́нция "Моско́вская"
    • Моско́вский вокза́л
    • Моско́вские дома́
    • москви́ч
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  • Question # 3
    Doctor of Medical Sciences
    Which option is correct?
    • До́ктор медици́нских нау́к
    • до́ктор медици́нских нау́к
    • До́ктор Медици́нских Нау́к
    • До́ктор Медици́нских нау́к
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  • Question # 4
    How do you write days of the week in Russian?
    • starting with lower case
    • starting with upper case
    • in capital letters
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  • Question # 5
    How do you write months in Russian?
    • starting with lower case
    • starting with upper case
    • in capital letters
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