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What is the meaning and usage of "грамота" (gramota)?

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Please, what does "грамота" means?

It seems it is an important word. Google returns 15 million results. But, in my dictionary, I read it is a "charter". A "charter" has different meanings and I don't know which one to choose. If this is the old word for a "law", a "contract", like the "magna carta", then this is not frequently used in English. I feel, I don't understand everything.
asked Jan 16, 2013 by fabri1637 (190 points)

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Hi fabri1637

The word грамота has different meanings:

  • charter (the old word for a "contract"), exactly as you found it in the dictionary. This word is still used at school when you get a diploma because you were good at something or participated in a contest.

For example,

В школе мне дали почëтную грамоту за участие в соревнованиях по волейболу.

I got a diploma at school for participation in a volleyball competition.

  • literacy, reading and writing, it´s the most widespread meaning.

For example,

В школе нас учат грамоте.

At school we learn how to read and write.

  • skills, basic knowledge

For example,

Компьютерная грамота очень важна в наше время.

Computer skills are very important nowadays.

Kind regards,

Yulia Amlinskaya,

Russian Language Teacher.

answered Jan 16, 2013 by RussianTeacher (19,690 points)