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Everything for a Princess in Russian: Princesses, Princes, Fairy-Tales.

The first time I saw a Disney princess movie was when I was 14. It was the movie Aladdin. So for 14 years I did not even know that such a thing as a 1307628389_3-princessDisney princess existed! Was I still interested in princesses as a girl? Absolutely!

I loved fairy-tales as a child. In addition to lovely traditional Russian tales I spent hours reading translated into Russian stories by Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault and many more. That’s where I found out about princesses, queens and beautiful elegant balls.

My daughter has not escaped the love for anything related to a princess. It started with Frozen and spread to all Disney princesses and beyond. Now any book that involves a princess is pretty much a hit. While we read a fair share of Disney based princess books in English, I found that the books about the same Disney princesses in Russian are not something I read with her frequently. I found this YouTube channel that has a lot of Disney stuff told in Russian though and we occasionally visit it. I am not the biggest fan of Disney books in Russian as the quality of the translation is not always stellar, there are no Russian skazka_o_princesse_pamyati_i_lyubvi_2realities, and I just did not feel it was helping her understand the Russian take on princesses.

I was intent on presenting to my daughter the vocabulary special to the Russian literature and fairy tales. It’s a complex and beautiful language and I am trying to find stories that are more age/vocabulary appropriate and do not make it hard for her to follow. So far as long as there are princesses in the stories, I can hold her attention. Although in Russian fairy tales you are more likely to find a tsarevna (царевна -tsar’s daughter or tsaritsa  – царица – tsar’s wife) and they are not always great role-models, there are many who are quite mean. Lots of tsarevnas actually start up as just girls, sometimes poor who just end up married to a prince in the end and become royalty then.

One thing that I can tell you is that the books had a pretty good princess to prince ratio. When I thought about it, I even though there might be more princes, as main protagonists.

A list of tales of princesses and princes in Russian that I recommend you explore with your children

Russian:

This is a great site with lots of Russian Fairy tales you can read to your child, the list is really long: http://hyaenidae.narod.ru/, so I will point out some that I like, not all of them are an easy read

– «Настоящая принцесса и Бродячий Мостик»

– Марья Маревна (текст и аудио)

This site has some fairy-tales from Russia but also from other countries around the world.

Three very popular authors of children’s fairy-tales and stories translated into Russian are by Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault and this is a good site to go and read them from.

A list of frequent Russian words that start fairy-tales

Жили-были, Жил да был, Жили-поживали – basically means there once was/were/lived

В некотором царстве, некотором государстве  – in some kingdom, in some state

Some key words everyone interested in princesses should know in Russian.

Everything for a Princess in RussianКорона – crown

Тиара – tiara

Диадема – diadem

Драгоценности – jewelry

Платье(я) – dress(es)

Наряд(ы) – outfit(s)

Принцесса – princess

Королева – queen

Королевна – young queen or king’s daughter

Принц – prince

Король – king

Королевич – young king or king’s son

Царь – tsar

Царевич – tsar’s son

Царевна – tsar’s daughter

Царица – tsar’s wife

Замок – castle

Дворец – palace

Хоромы – beautiful room in a castle/palace

Бал – a ball

Карета – carriage

Придворные – courtiers

Слуги – servants

Happy Reading!

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About the Author

AnnaOriginally from Russia, Anna has a Bachelor’s in Education and Linguistics from Moscow State Pedagogical University in Moscow, and a Master’s Degree in International and Interactive Communication from University of Lille 1, IAE Business School in Lille, France. Anna speaks fluent Russian, English and French and also knows some Spanish, German, Japanese and Italian. Her education, work experience and many years of teaching and tutoring both in the actual classroom and online helps her understand the needs of students as well as the design, management and promotion of language courses, textbooks and learning materials. As a voice actor Anna has contributed many tracks to the audio components of this course and you can see her on the videos as the lead teacher. Anna is very interested is supporting and promoting the study of the Russian language, as well as introducing Russia’s language and culture to a variety of people world-wide. If you notice any issues or mistakes in the digital or audio components, are interested in reviewing Russian Step By Step Series or in purchasing large quantities, please contact Anna.View all posts by Anna →

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