Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Elementary Russian: Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Language Lab for December 6, 2017 (Урок 4, неделя 3)

Студенты! It's so EASY hanging out!

tl;dr Plan for today: Take quiz, do listening, work at tables.

Сначала... First things first. 

+ Here is a link to your Oral Performance sign-up.

+ Here is a link to the guidelines for your Final Oral Project

1) Напишите тест! Take your quiz, контрольная по грамматике... Have me check it! Я проверю ее.

2) Давайте послушаем! Let's listen... Наденьте наушники! Put on your headphones and get ready! (You'll write this on the obverse of your quiz...)

You're about to listen to an address by the декан (dean) at Казанский государственный университет (Kazan State University). (Kazan is an ancient city, the capital of Tatarstan in SW Russia, on the Volga...) The assistant dean’s remarks can be broken up into a number of topic areas. Before you listen to the talk, look through the topics below (1-7).

What order do you think these seven topics will occur?

 1.  composition of the student body
 2.  foreign students
 3.  foreign students from North America
 4.  good-luck wishes
 5.  opening welcome
 6.  structure of the university
 7.  things that make this school different from others

Listen to the talk. It's about 5 minutes. On the back of your quiz, jot down the order in which the seven topics were actually discussed. (Just write down the numbers of the topics from above in the order they appeared.)

Listen to the talk again with these questions in mind. You might not know the word for thousand, тысяча or тысяч. Also, Tatar, татарский язык, is an Altaic (Turkic) language.

1.  How many departments does the university have?
2.  How big is the library?
3.  Name five things that students can major in.
4.  Name at least one language department that was mentioned.
5.  How many students are there?
6.  What department hosts most of the students from the United States and Canada?

Listen to the talk. Jot down the answers to the questions above on the back of your quiz.

Finally... The lecturer mentions the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a loose political entity made up of many of the republics of the former Soviet Union.

How many of these states can you list from the talk? You can check your answers here.

3) At tables, we'll talk about the three verbs that all mean "to study" in Russian. Take a second and review the forms of заниматься, учиться, изучать...

The verbs заниматься and изучать are both "-ай-" class, 1st conjugations verbs, like знать and понимать. Remember the rules about reflexives for заниматься:

  • + -ся after consonants (ignore ь soft signs!)
  • -сь after vowels
Thus занимаюсь but занимаешься.  

Учиться is a perfectly regular second conjugation very like говорить. Notice the -и- in the ending... that's the mark of all second-conjugation verbs. 

It, too, has a reflexive particle: 

  • -ся after consonants (учился
  • -сь after vowels (училась).

Note which verbs MUST have a direct object and which CANNOT: 

  • Изучать must have a direct object (something in the accusative case). You need to study SOMETHING: Я изучаю химию. (Subject-verb-object)
  • But заниматься and учиться cannot have a direct object (no accusative object). You can do them in places ("I study in the library! I'm a student at Stetson! Я занимаюсь в библиотеке! Я учусь в Стетсонском университете!")... but you cannot (for now at least) do them to things.

That's COOL!
Remember the magic words: Так интересно!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Второй год. Second-Year Russian: Урок 4, Гостиница. Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... (Unit 4, Week 2)

(It's great to be a student, just this studying interferes!)

1) Review memrize. Напишите тест! Take your vocabulary quiz...
2) За компьютером. Наденьте наушники и.... подготовьтесь! Put on your headphones and... GET READY! (See the imperative there? ПОДГОТОВЬТЕСЬ! НАДЕНЬТЕ! Get ready! Put on! Second conjugation, positive, perfective, stem-stressed verbs end in -ь!)... 

Sorry. Distracted. Do the listening exercise on the хендаут. Вот вам сcылка. (It's supposed to sound like airport announcements... in my experience, it does sound like airport announcements but in small local provincial airports... There you go!)

Answer the multiple-choice questions on the sheet. If you want to do this with me or our wonderful tutors, we can. Some useful vocab for this exercise... Вам помогут, наверное, эти слова...
  • Посадка--boarding
  • Адлер--название города в районе Сочи. 
  • Рейс--Flight
  • Вас про́сит!--They're asking for you!
  • Зал прибытия--like... arrivals...
  • Тамо́женное отделе́ние--Customs
  • Регистра́ция--угадайте! (=you guess...:)
3) Работа за столами (=at the tables(Instr. Pl)! Better than под столом (=under the table(Instr. Sg)! Take a look at this guide to "time when" phrases... 

Я родился в тысяча девятьсот семьдесят седьмом году!  (See?! в + the PREPOSITIONAL!)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Elementary Russian: Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Unit 4 Week 1 (Урок 4 Неделя 1)

First off... Снагала! Here's the material from Memrise for your Vocabulary quiz  tomorrow (Thursday). 

Еще поработаем! Let's work a little! Вот что будем делать... A little listening, read a dialogue, do a little grammar at the tables. 

Давайте послушаем! Let's have a listen to the three разговоры. Here are the links for the recordings: Разговор 1 Разговор 2 Разговор 3

Some words to know... Как по-английски будет...
  • In the first conversation, you need to know the acronym США, Соедененные Штаты Америки--USA USA USA! It sounds like СэШа.
  • Тhe words сосед, neighbor and 
  • Простите, excuse me. 
  • Don't forget in the second conversation that библиотека  means library! 
  • The phrase in the third conversation Я вас не по́нял means "I didn't understand you" and 
  • стажёр, a word that means "visiting student," someone doing study abroad.

Listen to each recording no more than three times and try to answer the following questions. Jot down your answers sheet provided.  I'll check them in your portfolio! Remember: The goal isn't to get them all right (though that's certainly a worthwhile goal!). The goal is to get you to listen, intentionally and carefully. You only get better at something with practice. Русские говорят... Повторение, мать учения. Repetition is the mother of learning. I always joke Повторение, мать мучения. Repetition is the mother of being tortured! 

The listening should take no more than ten minutes. 

When you're done, find a partner or me and read диалог 5. Figure out the following from the dialogue: Как по-руссски... (For your quiz next TOMORROW TOMORROW TOMORROW! From Подготовка к разговору, 4-6)

  1. - State that you missed something that was said.
  2. - Ask and answer who takes a certain subject.

Do you remember... How do you respond to a compliment? How do you ask and answer questions about what courses someone is taking? How do you say that you don't know what your major is? (These are all questions from Подготовка к разговору 4-6 and will appear on your quiz THURSDAY!!!.)

Когда вы закончите... When you're done... join me or the репетитор at the tables for a little grammar work. Not much, just some more practice with the verb учиться, to be a student. Notice that it's a second-conjugation verb, like говорить, with a reflexive particle, either -ся or -сь, depending on the final consonant of the conjugated form. If the form ends in a consonant (or soft sign), it gets -ся, if it ends in a vowel, it gets -сь. учусь but учится. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Второй год. Second-Year Russian: Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Урок 4 Неделя 2. Родительный падеж.

Сначала... Your material for next week's VOCABULARY QUIZ!

А теперь...
Давайте послушаем! Прослушайте разговор между руководителем и администратором. Ответьте--да или нет! Listen to the conversation between the American and the Russian hotel manager. On your handout, mark да или нет (true of false). Получать means "to receive," забронировать "to reserve"... and на пять дней means "for five days." Oh, and США (СэША) means USA. 

На обороте! On the flipside... Two things. 1) With the tutors, review the formation of the genitive case. Remember that family members and friends are often irregular. 

But generally, the genitive plural is pretty straightforward... Вообщем, правила образования родительного падежа очень простые! S4N, N4S! 


2) And, "the rules of counting"... which you already know. 1+nominative; 2, 3, 4 + genitive singular; 5+ gets genitive plural. The NEW information pertains to modifiers... What happens when you say "three big bottles of vodka" or "five dancing naked bears"? 

Пройдите упражнения с репетиторами! Go through the exercises with the tutors! Finish them at home. 

Holiday Party!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Elementary Russian: Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Умей тусить! | Unit 3 Week 3

На сегодня... 

Take your grammar quiz! Напишите тест по грамматике! Итак... Закончили? (you've finished already?)  

Окей, теперь.... Do two brief listening exercises on your хендаут: 

* The link for 3-32 Реклама is here.
* И вот линк на 3-33 На каком языке?


SIGN UP for your ORAL PERFORMANCE! I'm closing this document tonight (Wednesday) and anyone who has NOT signed up will... FAIL. (Sad music plays, teacher shakes head...)

Here's a link to the portfolio assignment for Unit 3. You've received this in class already!


When you're finished, come hang with us at the tables! Мы будем тусить! We'll hang out, and do a short exercise on the prepositional case... Во что вы одеты? What are you wearing??? Я в новом жорошем синем пиджаке!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Второй год русского языка Second Year Russian, Лингафонный кабинет... Ням ням! | Unit 3 Week 3

Мало работы на сегодня, ребята, УРА! Во-первых... напишите тест по грамматике!
Теперь «Разговоры для слушания» Let's have a little listen... All three short conversations are just 1 min long. Listen to each one a couple of times and answer all the questions in your handouts. It should take you not more than 30 min...

Разговор 1
Разговор 2
Разговор 3

Sign up for your oral performance! (see the last week lab for the links)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Elementary Russian | Сегодня в лингaфонном кабинете... | Unit 3 Week 2... Какие языки вы знаете?

In this unit, we're using a few important Power Points that explain the formation and use of the prepositional case, and another couple that describe the "single stem system" of verb conjugations. Here they are

You must sign up for your Oral Performance (in pairs!). Запишитесь в парах!

Stetson: Кликните здесь сейчас!
ERAU: Кликните здесь сейчас!

Что сегодня наготове... What's in store today...

1) >>>Take the vocabulary quiz!<<<
2) At a computer station, do the listening exercise below on числительные--it reviews numbers to the hundreds. You'll find the worksheet in your lab handout. Remember that Russians pay for things in рубли (the plural of рубль, roooble), and you'll hear various forms of the word like рубль, рубля, рублей. These are just different case forms--don't worry about them! Concentrate on catching the numbers.

3) Contemplate the forms of говорить, which conjugates JUST LIKE the other verbs we've studied, except the vowels change a bit. (See BELOW!)

4) Look through the Power Putin on Prepositional. Don't you love Power Putins??

5) Come to the tables, we'll work through some exercises on the Prepositional. 

The whole kit and caboodle shouldn't take more than 45 minutes. (Kit and caboodle in Russian is "wagon and cart, ваго́н и ма́ленькая теле́жка.")

Итак... 1) Listen and read along as the диктор reads numbers 1-50. Here is the recording.

Now do this exercise, jotting down the prices the handout. I only want you to do the first 13. Don't listen more than three times. Here are the questions (they're also on the handout).

When you're done with the числительные (numbers), consider the verb говори́ть, to speak. It is very similar to verbs like читать, знать, жить that we've already studied, the sole difference being the vowel  in the ending. 
Important rule! There are only two conjugational patterns in Russian, 1st (mostly verbs ending in -ать) and 2nd conjugation (mostly verbs ending in -ить). 


читать (1st conjugation)
говорить (2nd)

In говорить and other verbs ending in -ить, the ending vowel is -и- where there's a -е- in verbs like читать that end in -ать. The они form is -ят instead of -ют. 

What's important to take away: There are only two conjugational patterns in Russian, 1st and 2nd conjugation. And these two patterns have very similar endings, they differentiate ONLY IN THE VOWELS. 

Comparing first and second conjugational patterns, we can note: Vowels change, consonants stay the same. 

Finally: We have a lot of grammar left in this unit! Look through this PowerPoint on the prepositional case. We've already encountered it: Я живу во Флориде. Иван живёт в Москве. Now, we'll learn how to change modifiers so they reflect the function and gender of the nouns. 

Read through the presentation a couple of times, and work with your professor or the tutors on the relevant grammar exercises (handout) at the tables. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Второй год... Глава 3... Неделя 2. (SECOND YEAR, Unit 3 Week 2)

ОК, ребята... за работу! To work, to work! Work, so Stalin says THANK YOU! Кстати, во вторник вчера было the Russian Revolution Centennial. Putin says "забудьте об этом!"

0) You must sign up for your Oral Performance (in pairs!). Запишитесь в парах! 
Stetson: Кликните здесь сейчас!ERAU: Кликните здесь сейчас!

1) Напишите тест по новым словам (Take the quiz!)

2) Возьмите хендаут.... и... Давайте послушаем... если вам будет трудно, то мы вместе сможем поработать над ним. разговор с таксистом... A conversation with a taxi driver! Get a handout, and... Listen! And, if it proves difficult, we can work a bit on it together... You'll find the questions on your lab handout. Вот линк на запись... Link to the recording. 

3) Садитесь за стол! Поработаем вместе! Come to the tables, find a tutor or me, and let's work a bit on verbs of motion... Take a look at the flowchart on your handout that you all know well... All we're adding today is the FUTURE and PAST perfective forms for these verbs, пойти-поехать (that's по- added more or less directly to the words unidirectional verbs ехать и идти--the conjugations are the same... пое́ду, пойду | пое́дешь, пойдёшь...). 

4) The grammar quiz NEXT WEDNESDAY: The first part is based CLOSELY on Ex. 8 (ходить - ездить / идти - ехать Fill in the blank) that we're doing at the tables today. See your handouts! Know how to say that you are going somewhere on some form of transportation. Remember: пешком is ON FOOT, without any additional prepositions! Additionally, there are lexical/grammatical expressions having to do with location (рядом, далеко от, слево от...). You'll find those on the handout, and we'll practice them in class on Tuesday.

5) Here's my mind-map of verbs of motion... It's really just a set of binary decisions... Yes or no?

6) Finally, sign up for your oral performance in pairs here. И вот линк на запись песни, которую вам надо выучить наизусть (by heart!)... and here is another Link to a recording of the song with the actual actors. 

Faculty Book Talk on Friday, 11/10 at 11:00 a.m. SPREES