Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN: Сегодня в кабинете! Today in the lab...

Здравствуйте, студенты! Сегодня второе сентября. Today is the second of September. 

In any order. All relevant links below. 

Grab a LL хендаут! 

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You'll find useful information on internships, events at Stetson, and news about the world of SPREES there. 

1) Work with me or the tutor on vowel reduction (on your LL handout). 

2) At a station, listen to & start learning the cardinal numerals 11-20. The numbers (Числительные) exercise is on the LL handout. If you're feeling confident, try to write the numbers out in words, not figures! (Links are below.)

3) While there at the station, listen to the three “разговоры” (conversations) and answer the questions. (Links below.) Don't worry that you cannot understand everything!!! Get used to it. Just jot down the responses, to the best of your ability, directly on the LL handout wherever there's room next to the corresponding questions. Remember: We listen to a lot of Russian in this class to train your ear. How can we train your ear if we only listening to stuff you understand? 

4) If you haven't already created a Memrise account, do it now. Do a session with the nouns from Level 1. Once we really get rolling, every unit will have a required level from Memrise that will help prepare you for the vocabulary quiz. 

5) With a partner (or me! Or the tutor!) read the Доброе утро dialogue on the LL handout. Get some feedback on your pronunciation.

This should all take you around 60 minutes. 

At the stations... 

Listen to the Числительные (Numbers) exercise here. Write down the numbers you hear here

Listen to the разговоры here: Разговор 1 Здравствуйте! | Разговор 2 Добрый день! | Разговор 3 Вы канадец?

Now put THIS on your календарь!

Cамые популярные имена 2012 года--Most popular names in Russia for 2012

A new list of popular first names in Russia for 2012. 

Unsurprisingly, Alexandr (Александр) continues to be the most popular name for newborn boys, and Anastasia (Анастасия) for girls. (In Moscow, on the other hand, Aleksandr has lost out to Artyom, a name that ranks fourth in popularity in Russia as a whole.)  

Interestingly, for both sexes, "old-fashioned" and religious names are on the rise: For boys, Bogdan (Богдан), Timofei/Timothy (Тимофей), Matvei/Matthew (Матвей), Gleb (Глеб) and Zakhar (Захар). The last two in particular strike me as assertively national. 

For girls, old fashioned names like Taisia (Таисья), Arina (Арина), Varvara/Barbara (Варвара), Uliana (Ульяна), Aksinia (Аксинья), Avdotia (Авдотья), Pelegeia (Пелагея) and Vasilisa (Василисa) are on the rise. Some of those names are very old, Greek in derivation, and therefore connected directly with an Orthodox mindset. 

In recent years in America, "unique" and non-traditional first names have become popular. They remain very rare in Russia, but this article mentions the following names in Moscow as Редкие, единичные имена ("rare and singular names"): For boys, Мир, Космос и Огнеслав (Peace, Cosmos and something like Glory to the Flame, respectively). For girls, Легенда, Лёля и Челси (Legend, Lyolia and Cheslea (!)). I think Lyolia is a doll's name... 

Here's a graphic of popular names...

SECOND YEAR... Сегодня в кабинете... Гиперлинки на записи, задания...

Сначала... Привет! Вы попробовали Memrise? Там вы найдёте все необходимое для теста, который вы напишете завтра на уроке. (Check out Memrise, kids, 'cause we have a quiz TOMORROW!)

Возьмите хендаут! Get a handout!

OK... Давайте послушаем! Two SHORT listening exercises о погоде в Москве и о погоде в Петербурге. Listen to these forecasts и ответьте на горсть вопросов... Answer the handful of questions on the worksheet...

Go to the tables, и поработаем! And let's work a bit. First, I'd like you and a partner to choose any dialogue and read it aloud... let me or the tutors listen! Then there are a couple brief grammar exercises. The first involves the first-person imperative (Let's!) The point here is that the "shortcut" to such commands is to use the PERFECTIVE form of the first-plural (мы)... Поработаем! Let's work a bit. Поговорим! Let's have a talk. See, no need for the Давайте (Let's) imperative... But you COULD say Давайате поговорим! Давайте поработаем! It's just that you don't HAVE to say "let's" in these commands. Просто как репа! Simple like turnip!

The second exercise trains your use of the preposition к + датильный падеж (dative). The combo means "go to someone's house": Куда ты ходил? Я ходил к Давиду. Wheredya go? I went to David's house.

Try and translate this meme... It's funny!

Наконец! Here's a link to Парус, the poem you MUST MEMORIZE AND PERFORM!

Loop the loop!

Have you heard? They've taken away Misha's lilies! 


These shirts are totally круто, cool. If you want one, they're available for purchase ($15, cash, charge card, or check to Stetson University).

Great gifts for friends and family!

From Wikipedia...
In Slavic folklore, the Firebird (RussianЖар-пти́цаZhar-ptitsaUkrainianЖар-пти́цяZhar-pticaSerbo-Croatian: Жар-птица or Žar-ptica; BulgarianЖар-птицаZhar-ptitsa;MacedonianЖар-птицаŽar-pticaPolishŻar-ptakCzechPták OhnivákSlovakVták OhnivákHungarianTűzmadár) is a magical glowing bird from a faraway land, which is both a blessing and a bringer of doom to its captor.
The Firebird is described as a large bird with majestic plumage that glows brightly emitting red, orange, and yellow light, like a bonfire that is just past the turbulent flame. The feathers do not cease glowing if removed, and one feather can light a large room if not concealed. In later iconography, the form of the Firebird is usually that of a smallish fire-colored peacock, complete with a crest on its head and tail feathers with glowing "eyes".

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Welcome to SPREES | Thursday (8/27) 6pm in SPREES house | meet the faculty & students

Elementary Russian: Сегодня 26/VIII в кабинете! Today in the Lab, August 26... DO THIS FIRST!

Добро пожаловать! Welcome to the Language Lab! Every lab begins with individual, computer work--watching videos, listening to recordings, etc. Scroll through this page (DOWN!!) and make sure you've see all the relevant announcements...

Make sure you have a lab worksheet before you start! 

You have four short exercises. It should take you 15 minutes. Let me check the worksheet, and ask me any questions. Be sure to keep this worksheet, as it will be included in the Portfolio for Unit 1! 

Today, listen to Числительные (Numerals)... Прослушайте! Ех А, Б, В. These are the exercises on your lab worksheet, starting with the exercise ""You will now learn numbers..." Finished? Закончили? А теперь... And now, Listen to the list of PRIZES! and check off the ones named...

When you're finished, join us at the tables! Давайте посидим, поработаем! We'll work a bit on your пропись, your handwriting...

The sample above says "Сьешь же ещё этих мягких французских булок да выпей чаю!" "Eat now these French rolls and drink some tea!" It uses all the letters of the alphabet...

Second Year Russian: Числительные, безличные выражения...


Линк на слушание (Numbers in Genitive), А. и Б. First listen to the numbers in their inflected, genitive form. You'll hear выше (higher), ниже (lower), около (about), от (from) до (up to)... These words demand the genitive case of the nouns that follow them. Around five=Около пяти́. (That's the genitive form of the cardinal number five.)

Here are some more genitive forms of numbers...

Oколо ноля (around zero), одного (one), двух (two), трёх (three), четырёх, тридцати́, двадцати́, семи́, тридцати́ пяти́.... It's frustrating that they give you no explanations... But just remember, you're hearing the genitive form of numbers...

Around thirty=Около традцати́. Higher than 18=Выше восемьна́дцати. Lower than 2=ниже двух. (Двух is the genitive form of два, two...)

And then jot down on the lab sheet the numbers you hear in Б and the telephone numbers.

Что такое безличное выражения? What's an impersonal expression? At the tables, we'll use them! It's how you say "I'm cold!" Мне холодно!
  1. Impersonal sentences in Russian are sentences that don't have a grammatical subject.
  2. In English, impersonal sentences have a grammatical subject, but not a logical one:
    It is very cold in January. 
  3. The subject, it, in this sentence does not refer to anything or anyone in particular. Russian often uses an adverb as the predicate in impersonal constructions:
    Здесь холодно. It is cold here. Завтра будет тепло. It will be warm tomorrow.
  4. Russian often uses impersonal construction when describing how a person feels. The person in such constructions will be in the dative case:
    Мне холодно. I feel cold
    Сергею там было интересно. It was interesting for Sergej there.
    Наташе здесь будет холодно. Natasha will feel cold here.
Dative Case памятка... 
Dative CaseМнеТебеЕмуЕйЕму
Dative CaseНамВамИм

An overview of the Russian alphabet

If you're having problems learning the alphabet, or if you're just bored... please watch An Introduction to the Russian Alphabet (total of around 30 minutes). Да, знаю! Yeah, I know... It's really rough and I'm really longwinded, but watch it anyway.

In class, I provide you with a list of "sight words." (Here's a copy.) These are simple Russian words, often cognates with English or another language. The premise: You start with the first word, which is made up of shared letters between Russian and English. Then, word by word, the list introduces and reinforces new letters. By the time you complete the list, you've learned all 3444 letters in the Russian alphabet! You can listen to me reading the list of words here

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cursive Russian alphabet.... Пропись

These two videos from Master Russian cover how to execute the cursive versions of all 33 letters in the Russian alphabet... It's slow, but thorough... If any letter is giving you trouble, just skip ahead to the right place in the videos... Enjoy!