I’ve been enjoying the Russian Language Blog for a while. It now has some new contributors, and I wanted to call your attention to a very useful recent post by Maria, a sort of meta–language study post about how to figure out how native speakers would actually say something, rather than put together some words that might be grammatically “correct” but sound unnatural. It works both as a practical guide and a theoretical caution, a reminder that even asking a native informant or searching ruscorpora.ru often can’t give you the final word on whether people would actually say X. It’s very useful to have this kind of advice from someone who’s both a linguist and a native speaker of Russian.
That’s not to take anything away from the other contributors to that blog – in particular I’m very grateful to yelena for her post about mnemonics and for answering my questions in the comments. Did you know Цирк Огромный, Купол Пестрый, Словно Радугу Вознес ты? It’s to remember царство, отдел, класс, порядок, семейство, род, вид (kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species).