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. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN (21 февраля, Урок 6, неделя 2 Unit 6 Week 1 Elementary Russian)

Сегодня 21-ое февраля. 

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

1. Запишитесь! Did you sign in?
2. Напишите тест по новым словам. Did you take your quiz?
3. Почитаем! After you've taken your quiz... read this article for some cultural insights about the question, How are you?... 

In my experience, it's mostly true, though younger Russians (kids your age) understand that you're not really asking how they're doing when you ask... How do you do?

Как дела? Нормально... 

А теперь... Review quickly counting by tens. Listen to this recording and read along with the numerals from below. Listen a couple times...

А теперь... Послушайте, как я читаю числительные... Listen to a recording of me reading some "thousands"... One thousand, two thousand... NB a couple things: The word for thousand, тысяча, is feminine, so you get однА тысячА; in 2, 3, and 4 thousand, the work тысяча is in the genitive singular form, две тысячи, три тысячи, четыре тысячи. Five thousand and higher, the word тысяча is in the genitive plural form, тысяч. (You don't yet know that form! Все ХОРОШО!)

Make sure you have a lab worksheet, and do упражнение А, writing down the prices of the items. The challenge here is to figure out how many thousands and hundreds each item costs. You'll hear the word тысяча in various forms; the forms aren't as important as the numbers in front. 

Then, come to the tables! We'll work some more on the use and formation of the Genitive Case. 

Don't forget... Сегодня днем, вы должны потусоваться с корешами... You need to get down with your homeboys over some blin...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN (14 февраля, Урок 6, неделя 1 Unit 6 Week 1 Elementary Russian)

Доброе утро! Сегодня среда, 14ое февраля.


First, listen to the three разговоры (1 3) (кликните по ссылке! Click on the links!). Don't listen more than three times! Я вам помогу! I can help you... just ask! Попросите!

On the back of one of your lab assignments, jot down the answers, in English, to the following questions:

Before coming to the tables, take a second and listen to me read the conjugational pattern of a new verb, хотеть, to want. Notice that it's irregular: the singular present tense has -e- as its vowel (like работать); the plural persons (мы, вы, они) have -и- and -ят (like говорить). It's not irregular, хотеть is a hybrid, half first, half second!

Listen to the recording at least twice, and read along:


Now, come join us at the tables... Пожалуйста, к столам! Поработаем вместе!


Sunday, February 11, 2018


Привет! Готовы к Масленице??? Но это на следующей неделе, а сейчас давайте поработаем...
1. Сначала почитаем в парах. ДИАЛОГ 2 ТЫ ЛЮБИШЬ СТИХИ

Ответьте на вопросы к диалогу письменно в ваших хэндаутах...

2. Звать vs. Называться: давайте повторим разницу между этими глаголами... Чтобы запомнить, давайте выполним Oral Drill 2

3. "НУЖНО" + Dative Subject: выполните упражнение на третьей странице вашего хэндаута

На сегодня все! Спасибо за хорошую работу!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN (7 февраля, Урок 5, неделя 3 Unit 5 Week 3 Elementary Russian)


Сначала напишите тест по грамматике! First, take your grammar quiz!

Не хотите посмотреть мультфильм? Русские (скорее советские гражданe) очень любят серию <<Ну погоди!>>. 

Watch an episode of the much-loved animated series "Just You Wait!" Every Russian-speaker I know can recite these series from memory... Watch one episode! It's just ten minutes!

Закончили?? МОЛОДЕЦ! Nice job... А теперь... Поработаем! 

First, sign up for tomorrow's Oral Performance. 

Возьмите хендаут! On it, you'll find some exercises for за столом и за компьютером, for table work with tutors and for work at the computer. Do whichever you wish first! Как хотите! But do them both and include the completed handout in your portfolio.

1) The work at the tables is on the tricky Russian translation of "CLASS"... I'm going to class! I'm taking a class! Class! Класс! (That word, класс, means (among other things)... "That's cool!")

2) You can listen to 5-41 (the first exercise below) and 5-42 (the second). Just jot down the answers on the handout. You'll find the exercise additionally printed there, on your handout. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Сегодня в ЛИНГАФОННОМ кабинете LAB 3 RUS 202 Unit 5 Урок 5 7 февраля

Сначала sign up for tomorrow's Oral Exam!

Теперь (=now) напишите зачёт по грамматике (take your grammar quiz)

Возьмите хэндаут... мы будем читать вторую часть истории про Малыша и Карлсона

1) прочитайте текст с одноклассником и переведите!
2) посмотрите мультфильтфильм (now watch the episode. It's just 3 min. Start 6:45 and stop at 9:45

3) теперь сделайте упражнения из вашего хэндаута (вопросы, слова и интервью)...


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN (30 января, Урок 5)


Сначала напишите тест по словам! First, take your vocab quiz

Не забудьте! Наш праздничный вечер!
Don't forget the Winter Extravaganza! TODAY!!! СЕГОДНЯ @ 7:30pm at SPREES.
Great Russian snacks and cultural credit! 


Пора работать! It's time to work. Давайте послушаем. Напишите эти упражнения. Do these two exercises on the lab хендаут. Listen to each recording at least twice!
  • Listen to the recording, and fill in the times. Look below if you need a reminder on telling "what time."
  • Listen to the recording and jot down Ско́лько сто́ит? How much does it cost? (Recall the word Сколько from the phrase Ско́лько се́йчас вре́мени?) Only do the first nine! You'll hear prices given in rubles and kopecks (рубли и копейки) but you'll hear them in their inflected forms рублей и копеек.
If you need a reminder on telling "what time"...

Bring me the хендаут и я его вам проверю (I'll check it).

We're going to practice asking questions, so take a second and review your question words.

We'll also finish up with verbs of motion, examining the "there-and-back-again" verbs ездить and ходить. Take a second to examine their conjugational pattern. They are regular verbs like говорить, but they have a mutation in the я form, like the verb любить (люблю).

Monday, January 22, 2018

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Урок 5, Неделя // Language Lab 1 Elementary Russian Unit 5 Week 1

Добрый день! Давайте поработаем! Сначала...

Не забудьте! Don't forget! You have a vocabulary quiz NEXT WEDNESDAY. Here's the material on Memrise. (If you want some advice on learning vocab, ASK your professors! We're good at these things!) ...  PLUS, on the quiz, the days of the week. 


Послушайте разговоры 2 и 3 (Textbook, p. 150). Напишите ответы на  хендауте. (Write your answers on the back of the lab handout). Spend about 15 minutes on this section. 

Разговор 2. Билеты на рок-концерт. (5 мин... )

Разговор 3. Пойдем в буфет! (5 мин)

Now, look through this Putin Point Presentation on Verbs of Motion. The point: These verbs are systematic! There's a series of rules that underwrites their usage. Learn the system, learn the correct way to express motion in Russian. We'll spend much of this unit working on this verbal system. 

А теперь... письменные упражнения 
на  хендауте! Go work on written work with the tutors or your professor.