Monday, April 16, 2018

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

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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. 

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!