Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN УРОК 9 Unit 9 Week 2 Неделя 2 Elementary Russian Lab (5-2-2018)

Доброе утро! Сегодня 2ое мая. Среда. Значит, мы в лингафонном кабинете!

Вчера--в России и в постсоветских странах, отметили праздник Первое мая... день весны и труда. 

Yesterday was International Workers' Day, the day marked to celebrate LABOR. And spring.

TAKE YOUR QUIZ! Напишите тест... спасибо! Молодец!

Then, watch this Power Putin Point presentation at least twice. It explains how TENSE and ASPECT work in English and Russian.

Here it is! Получите! 

Our SPREES end-of-the-year PARTY and AWARD CEREMONY is later today, Allen Hall auditorium, 4-5:30. Food, tea, company, медальоны!

And... наконец...... It's not too late to register for SPREES classes in the Fall...

101 with Denner TTh 11.30-12.45
101 with Zheltoukhova TTh 4-5.15
201 Zheltoukhova TTh 1-2.15
301/401 TTh Zheltoukhova 11.30-12.45

Soviet Century Fowler MW 2.30-3.45


Russian Foreign Policy Huskey TTh 11.30-12.45


Money and the Muse (HIST 341) Fowler TTh 10-11.15

REMEMBER, dear SPREESians, that you need 2 (TWO) Humanities courses for our major. This fall, that is Dr. Fowler's Money and the Muse. Next spring, it's Dr. Denner's Russian and Soviet Film and Dr. Zavlunov's Music and Social Injustice. For those just declaring the major, it's only one humanities course, but for those of who already declared, it is still two. These are GREAT courses--ask Dr. Fowler if you need recommendations from previous students:) PLEASE let us know if you have questions about your degree audit or your course selection!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN УРОК 9 Unit 9 Week 1 Неделя 1 Elementary Russian Lab (4-25-2018)

Здравствуйте! Как вы поживаете? How do you do?!

Сегодня, давайте послушаем диалоги и ответим на вопросы!

Read along with these two dialogues (you'll find the text on your language lab worksheet).
Первый диалог
Второй диалог

For each dialogue, on your lab worksheet, напишите ответы на следующие вопросы на русском! (Answer the questions in Russian!)... 

Кроме того, in the dialogues, you need to find the Russian that correspond to the English phrases... That's part of your quiz for next Wednesday: Как по-русски будет...

HERE is the Memrise course for the new phrases quiz next Wednesday.

За столами! Just a bit of grammar: The formation and basic use of the INSTRUMENTAL CASE, the case of accompanying and use. It's pretty limited in scope: Mostly you'll encounter it as the case that governs the object of the preposition с (with), as you'll see below:

Я пью кофе с молокОМ и сахарОМ! 
I drink my coffee with milk and sugar! 

Скажите, с чЕМ вы любите бутерброды? 
How do you like you sandwiches?

Я любю бутерброды с сырОМ и с колбасОЙ! Ням!
I love sandwiches with cheese and sausage. 

The noun ending for masculines/neuters is -ом (сыр > сырОМ) and for feminines is -ой (колбаса > колбасОЙ). The interrogatives кто and что become, logically enough, с кем (with whom) and с чем (with what). Note the unsurprising/surprising o/e alteration... 

O, Russian! 

Friday, April 20, 2018



1. Cлушайте песню «Когда твоя девушка больна».
While listening, fill in the blanks in your handout (10 min)
             «Когда твоя девушка ___________»
(=when your girlfriend is sick)

2. Слушайте песню «Восьмиклассница» только здесь → https://3ears.com/media/1384
Read the English translation while watching the music video, listen to this song at least twice, following the English translation then the Russian text
3. In your handout, write in Russian which song (“Восьмиклассница» OR “Когда твоя девушка больна») you like more and try to explain why (in simple but FULL sentences) 3-4 sentences

4. Читайте диалоги В ПАРАХ!!!! Ответьте на вопросы ПИСЬМЕННО!!

Диалоги 1 и 2 Т
extbook page 354-355.

Прочитайте и ПЕРЕВЕДИТЕ!!!!! Answer the questions in your handout in RUSSIAN

Monday, April 16, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN УРОК 8 Unit 8 Week 3 Неделя 3 Elementary Russian Lab (4-11-2018)

Деньги на летнюю школу за границей! Money for summer courses abroad! ---> Read about the great scholarships <--- SPREES is offering to support students studying abroad this summer!



А теперь.. за работу, товарищи! To work, comrades! 

First, do you need to warm up for the grammar quiz? Then here. And here

Start off with the контрольная. 

On the back of the quiz, there's some familiar information about soft consonants. Remember how the system works: There are two vowel graphemes for each vowel sound. Half the Russian vowel graphemes indicate softness in the preceding consonants (я е ё ю и), and half indicate hardness (а э о у ы). (Don't forget the мягкий знак, the soft sign.) Most of the consonants that precede the "soft-inducing" vowels (and ь) are palatalized, pronounced by engaging the palate, the roof of your mouth behind your dental ridge.

Hardness is the "default" -- lacking other indication, assume that the consonant is pronounced hard.

So, the word


has a soft з (because of the following е) and a hard т (because of the following a... or more exactly, because the vowel following the т does NOT induce softness).

See! Ingenious! Twice the number of vowels (there are only five vowel SOUNDS but ten vowel GRAPHEMES), but half the number of consonants. (So many consonants! It's a great tradeoff.)

We've been working on this phonological (or is it phonetic? Probably both...) effect all semester. The exercises tell you to listen to the recording and mark the soft consonants; of course, y'all are smart, and you don't need the recording--find the "soft vowels" and you'll know the consonants that precede them are palatalized!

So, look through the dialogues, mark the soft consonants with an apostrophe. Then, listen to exercise 08-06 and 08-03, and check your work. (8-03 at 1m55s and 8-06 5m15s... sorry, the recording isn't broken up properly; just move the button to the right second in the recording.)

Pay attention to the recording, listening carefully for the soft consonants. We'll practice these tomorrow in class.

Then, пожалуйста, к столу! Come to the tables and let's work a bit more on the dative case...


HERE is a link to the sign-up sheet for our ORAL PERFORMANCE on Thursday.

HERE is a link to the portfolio assignment/oral performance assignment.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN УРОК 8 Unit 8 Week 2 Неделя 2 Elementary Russian Lab (4-11-2018)

Универмаг “Московский” — современный торговый центр.

The building above is called УНИВЕРМАГ МОСКОВСКИЙ... "The Moscow Department Store." 

Only it's in St. Petersburg... see the letters on the building in the background?  С А Н К Т  П Е Т Е Р Б У Р Г. 


Сегодня 11-ое апреля. Today is April 11.

Добрый день, ребята? Вы готовы поработать? Будьте готовы! 


Окей... Во-первых... Напишите тест! Take your vocabulary quiz. (10 minutes)

OK, готовы? Ready? Get a lab handout. Возьмите хендаут!  

Listen to the recording at least three times. It's corny. There's a new mall! Let's find out what's inside! First, look at the "useful words" on your handout, and the pictures. What are you listening for? What items are pictured? Make sure you understand what each item means (детская куртка...). Now, read the 5 questions (a-e). 

Now, listen to the recording. First time, just relax and listen for words you know. Second time, listen actively for the information sought and indicate where (what floor) each item at the top of handout is located.

Third time, listen carefully and try to understand the recording, and jot down the answers for the questions a through e in the space provided on your handout. The whole thing should take NO MORE than 20 minutes. 

Come to the tables for 15 minutes of one-on-one work. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN УРОК 8 Unit 8 Week 1 Неделя 1 Elementary Russian Lab (4-4-2018)

Здравствуйте, дорогие студенты! Сегодня 04-iv-18. Значит, двадцать четвертое апреля. It's April 4!

Добро пожаловать в лабораторию! Welcome to the lab!

Tomorrow! Celebrate SPRING! Весна наступает! It's spring! Nooruz is the traditional Persian/Central Asian start of the NEW YEAR. (The word нооруз means, in Persian, "new year.") Come celebrate it with friends and food! Плов is a rice dish that's central to Central Asia.

Listen to the first three разговоры from Unit 8 (Разговоры: 1 2 3). Искусство, a word you hear in dialogue #2, means art!

Jot down the answers on the provided хендаут. Listen to each разговор at least once, but no more than 3 times. It should take you about 15 minutes. (Answer in English or Russian, in the margin... There's enough room...)

Next, go play Memrise! I've added the content for the vocabulary quiz you'll take на следующий неделе next week.

Then come to the tables, and let's do some possessing! But first, look through this AMAZING POWER ПУТИН POINT!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN УРОК 7 Unit 7 Week 3 Неделя 3 Elementary Russian Lab (3-28-2018)

Здравствуйте, дорогие студенты! Сегодня 28-III-18. Значит, двадцать восьмое марта. 

Добро пожаловать в лабораторию! 

Welcome to the lab! It's the 28th of March!

Объявление! Mark your calendars... TONIGHT!  

Tonight! These guys are a really BIG DEAL!

Concert! 7:30pm in the Rinker Welcome Center! (Admissions Center... the big brick and glass building in the middle of campus.)

Но это тогда... сейчас, поработаем! That's then, for now, let's work a little...

Listen to this recording and answer the questions on the back of your quiz. Трудно! It's hard. Попробуйте! Give it a try. 

1) Make sure you read the questions carefully BEFORE you listen to the recording. 
2) Know what you want to find in the recording before you listen...
3) Do NOT spend more than 15 minutes on this exercise... The goal is to train your ear, not to get everything right.  

Сможете! You can do it!

Then, пожалуйста, к столам! Come to the tables for our русский пир, our Russian feast... of grammar!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN УРОК 7 Unit 7 Week 2 Неделя 1 Elementary Russian Lab (3-21-2018)

Здравствуйте, дорогие студенты! Сегодня двацатое марта (20-III-18). 

Добро пожаловать!

Either you agree with me, or you are wrong. Совсем не так!

Во-первых... Сдавайте контрольную! Take your quiz! Тогда... Давайте послушаем! Then, do the following short listening exercise.

Let's have a listen to this recording of your host brother's description of his family. Listen a couple times, then answer the questions below on the back of your quiz. Then... put it in your portfolio...

  1. How many people are in the family?
  2. Who are they?
  3. What’s the father’s name, and what does he do?
  4. What’s the mother do? 
  5. Who is Nikolai? 
  6. He’s a student… can you catch the name of the university? Where is it located? What does he study? What language does Nikolai speak? 
  7. Who is Masha? What does she love? Is she young or old? 
  8. What is the name of the person who wrote the letter?
For the grammar quiz next week, check formation of the genitive plural and the plurals of family members. Hey, remember! Adding material to our Memrise class will gain you extra Memrise points AND credit towards the "extra" work in your portfolio!

Now, CHECK OUT this COOL PREZI we made on the formation of the genitive plural. Look through it, and... садитесь за столы и поработаем вместе! Grab a chair and let's work on Russian! We're going to work on expressing age differences and formation/usage of the genitive plural. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN УРОК 7 Unit 7 Week 1 Неделя 1 Elementary Russian Lab (3-14-2018)

Доброе утро, ребята! Сегодня будем говорить о чле́нах семьи́, то есть, мама, папа, сын, дочь...

Вытянет ручки. У-ух, потягушки! 
Коску откинет, привстанет она
И из кроватки, как мышка к окошку: 
Солнышко, солшнышко. Скоро весна?

Скоро весна? Is it going to be spring soon? Doesn't feel that way outside right now... 

Во-первых... First, spend a little time with Memrise. There are two sections on next week's контрольная, the vocabulary quiz:

1) Members of the family and professions. (Easy list!) 
2) Phrases from the dialogues

Spend 10 minutes quizzing yourself on the Семья и профессии. 

This material will be on your quiz NEXT WEDNESDAY! 

А теперь...

Прослушайте разговоры и ответьте на вопросы. Listen to the conversations below, and answer the questions. Yeah, they're hard, but read the titles, and listen for key words, read the questions in advance (!!!), and you should have no trouble answering these factual questions. Ask the репетиторы (tutors) if you have problems.

Jot down the answers on the back of the Lab хэндаут.

Разговоры: 1 2 3

When you've finished... пожалуйста, к столу! Come to the table! (That's a joke... к столу is how Russians announce that dinner's on! "Come and eat at the table!") You'll read a dialogue and answer a few questions. Easy. Просто!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN УРОК 6 (27 февраля 2018, Урок 6, неделя 3 Unit 6 Week 3 Elementary Russian)

Сегодня 27-ое февраля. 

Привет! Как дела? У меня все хорошо! Или нет...


1. Запишитесь! Did you sign in?
2. Напишите тест по грамматике. Did you take your quiz?
3. Поработаем! After you've taken your quiz... К копмьютерам! Let's head to the computers. The topic of the phonetics exercise is voicing and devoicing of consonants. English does it too, but there aren't any rules... thing of "cats and dogs" (the s in the first word is pronounced /s/ but in the second it's /z/... why? I don't know!).

There are two main rules concerning voicing of consonants. 1) Voiced consonants are always DEVOICED when word-final... the word гараж is pronounced /garash/ because the last letter in the word is devoiced, ж gets "hushed" and pronounced /ш/. 2) The second phonetic phenomenon is what we call, in class, "the Vodka Rule"... In clusters of consonants, the cluster-final consonant dictates the voiced or devoiced status of all preceding consonants. The word водка sounds like /votka/ because the cluster final consonant K is unvoiced, so it "triggers" the preceding consonants, making them voiceless, too: д-->/к/. You'll find a convenient table of voiced and unvoiced consonants on your handout. 

Look through the tables, and try to figure some of the consonants in Exercise A that will get devoiced or voiced because of the "Vodka Rule" or because they are word-final voiced consonants. Now, listen to Exercise A.

4. Go to the tables and learn a bit about verbs of position, and read the dialogue you'll need to memorize for tomorrow's Oral Performance.