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

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Elementary Russian: Лингафонный кабинет... Распорядок дня! Что будем делать сегодня...Урок 3 Неделя 1 Unit 3 Week 1 Какие языки вы знаете?

Привет! Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете...

Material for Unit 3 vocabulary quiz for next Wednesday (November 8, восьмого ноября) is here

А теперь... распорядок дня! Что будем делать? And now, our plans... What are we going to do? 
  1. Pick up этот хендаут... (You can print out this document at home). 
  2. За компьютером... Listen to two разговоры (conversations) and answer questions that you find on the first page of the handout... Listen to each разговор three times! No more, no fewer! Jot down the answers on the хэндаут that you printed in #1. Разговор 2Разговор 3 (15 minutes)
  3. Прослушайте Диалог 4. (Listen to Dialog 4.) The dialogue is on the handout, too! Now, draw lines from the English phrases below the dialogue (#4, 5, 7, 8, 9) to the corresponding Russian in the dialogue. Where in the dialogue, for instance, do you learn how to praise someone's language ability? These phrases will be part of your vocabulary quiz next Wednesday. 
  4. Find a partner or a tutor and READ DIALOG 4 ALOUD!
  5. OK, now: Work through the grammar part of the хэндаут. It's on verbs. Try to conjugate the verb изучать, then write out the answers to Oral Drills 1, 2, and 3. 
So, right? Понятно? You have to listen to a couple разговоры and answer the questions. Then listen to a dialogue and identify the Russian phrases. Read that dialog aloud with a partner. 

And, finally, do the verb exercises! If you don't have time to finish this grammar work on verbs in the lab, you can do it as домашка, homework. But you should start it in the lab so the tutors can answer questions. 

Here's a beautiful, lighthearted song and video by the Russian group ДДТ....

Что такое осень - это небо,
Плачущее небо под ногами.

What's fall? It's a sky,
A weeping sky beneath your feet...

Monday, October 30, 2017

Второй год Language lab: Unit 3, Week 1 Second Year

Здравствуйте, дорогие студенты!


Окей! За работу! Сначала... 

Давайте послушаем! Read along and fill in answers to the following two dialogues.
1. Можно пройти пешком?
2. Как туда попасть?

Ответьте (answer!) на вопросы (на хендауте)... И найдите (find!) фразы-переводы в 3-7 (диалоги). Answer the questions to the dialogues on the handout. Then find the phrases in the dialogues that match the ones in 3-7 Подготовка к разговору. These phrases will be on your vocab quiz next Wednesday.

Wheh. Finally. Да уж! =You're telling me! In the final exercise на хендауте, take items from each column and make complete sentences... I go to work on the bus! Ура ура!
***Remember: Can you do it in the bathroom? If yes, use в+Prep. If not, use на+Prep. Destinations are ACCUSATIVE. Modes of transportation always use на + PREPOSITIONAL.

Your vocabulary quiz next Wednesday (Nov 8) . 
Your grammar quiz (Nov 15).

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Привет! Здравствуйте! What a fun time it has been being in Russian in the past few months! I never knew that there were so many opportunities here in SPREES with different events happening all over the campus. Whether it may be georgian cooking (which I hope to go sometime soon, or even being in the music school (while learning some русский pieces with the help of Dr. Zavlunov) ; I am always surrounded by Russian, making it a part of my life that is not specially in the music school.

Also with the Russian Festival underway, it makes it so much more нитересный!
Funny Russian Hats

The Russian winter headgear is somewhat infamous... Known as "shapka," it is essential to the Russian winter attire. There are two famous hats specifically, the "Ushanka" and the "Kubanka." There are many ways to make both of them, with differing fabrics and colors.
The Ushanka is a large, warm hat with two big ear flaps, and has a rich history. The first hat to look anywhere similar to it was created in the 17th century, and was known as a "treukh," or three ears. The ear flaps were actually pulled up, and it looked hilarious: 10/10 funny hat. The more modern version, unfortunately, losing some of it's original pazazz. Now, the ear flaps actually fall over the ears to provide some legitimate use.
The Kubanka, however, is even more disappointing, but is nonetheless a popular winter hat. It is named after the Russian providence of Kuban, and is significantly newer than the Ushanka. It's round with a flat top, and is generally made of some kind of thick fur, like that of a black fox.  This dismal hat is actually quite fashionable, and has been repeatedly featured in the collections of high end designers, such as Chanel's winter collections. Not a very funny hat, but it would definitely look great on you if you had a small head. 2/10 on humor rating, but I think I'd wear it if I was trying to look cool in the winter anywhere but Florida.

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Food is Food and Food is great

С Приездом! No we are not in an airport, but we are in a place of international travel? Who is traveling you may ask? Why no other than your very own taste buds! Where are we traveling from? Straight from Sprees in Деланд, Флорида to Tbilis Georgia!! From Adzhika to Tq'mali! Georgian Food is quite хорошо! In order to gain a great perspective on Georgian culture, make sure to sign up for Dr. Denners weekly Georgian Cooking club Thursdays in Allen ! You wont forget it! 

And remember, Georgian food is healthy, so even if you're above 40 you still might be soft in the rump! 

До свидания!