Wednesday, February 15, 2017





  ПОСЛУШАЙТЕ ПЕСЕНКУ ЧЕРЕПАХИ (=listen to the song of the turtle, it’s a very popular and sweet cartoon song that will help you remember the verbs of position)

See the link below. Start at 1:00 min, go till 2:33 Fill in the blanks in the transcript in your handout:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKEblbzoasI «Как львёнок и черепаха пели песню»


 Прослушайте песенку еще раз здесь 
(=listen to the song once again here): It's an excellent website for learning Russian.    Drag and drop a word to the red area to see all the forms, the translation etc. ХОРОШО?






Thursday, January 26, 2017

Revised SPREES Russian Tutoring Schedule Spring 2017



Репетиторы по русскому языку
SPREES TUTORING HOURS – Spring 2017
Monika Chojnacka
Wednesdays in the LAB 12-2:00pm
Tuesdays in SPREES 10:30-11:30 am
Thursdays in SPREES Center 2:15-3:15 pm
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Brittany Kovalskaya
Tuesdays in SPREES 1:00-2:00 pm
Wednesdays in the LAB  11am-2:30 pm
Thursdays in SPREES Center 1:00-3:00 pm
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Ryan White
Wednesdays in the LAB 12:00-1:15 pm
Tuesdays in SPREES 1-1:45pm and Thursdays in SPREES 2-3 pm
Ana Gryshnya
Wednesdays in LAB 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Tuesdays in SPREES 10-11 am and Thursdays in SPREES  2:30-3:30 pm

Lindsay McGrath
Tuesdays 11:30 am - 2 pm and Fridays 12-2:30 pm in SPREES

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Russian Club Winter Extravaganza

WINTER
EXTRAVAGANZA

Join SPREES Russian Club in celebration of the new year. Learn about
the interesting Russian holiday culture while enjoying authentic
imported Russian food and tea.


Thursday (January 26th) at 7:30 p.m. in the SPREES Center
Please note a change in the SPREES Tutoring schedule:
Lindsay will tutor on Tuesdays 11:30-2 pm and her regular Fridays 12-2:30 pm in SPREES Center.

Thursday, January 19, 2017



Репетиторы по русскому языку
SPREES TUTORING HOURS – Spring 2017
Monika Chojnacka
Wednesdays in the LAB 12-2:30pm
Tuesdays in SPREES 10:30-11:30 am
Thursdays in SPREES Center 2:15-4:00 pm
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Brittany Kovalskaya
Tuesdays in SPREES 1:00-2:00 pm
Wednesdays in the LAB  11am-2:30 pm
Thursdays in SPREES Center 1:00-3:00 pm
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Ryan White
Wednesdays in the LAB 12:00-1:15 pm
Tuesdays in SPREES 1-2 pm and Thursdays in SPREES 2-3 pm
Ana Gryshnya
Wednesdays in LAB 11:00 am-11:50 pm
Tuesdays in SPREES 3-4 pm and Thursdays in SPREES  3-4 pm

Lindsay McGrath
Mondays 12-2:30 pm and Fridays 12-2:30 pm in SPREES

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Второй год русского языка... Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Урок 4 (Week 3, Unit 4)


Не волнуйтесь!


Вы записались? Have you signed up? ORAL PERFORMANCE! Не ждите! Don't wait to sign up!

1) Пройдите контрольную работу! Take your quiz!
2) Давайте послушаем! Do the listening exercise on the хендаут. План is a borrowing from English! Происходить means "to take place" (it's a verb of motion!). Answer the questions, and then number the pictures according to their order in the narrative. 
3) Study the verb лететь... а perfectly regular 2nd conjugation verb like говорить. Notice the mutation in the я form, т--»ч. No biggie. Не волнуйтесь!




And the verbs of coming and going with the tutors! Remember the song... в в из! на на с! у к от!


Elementary Russian: Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Today in the lab, 30/XI/2016...


Напишите тесты! Take your grammar quiz FIRST!

Вы записались? Have you signed up for the oral performance? Do it here

А теперь... Давайте послушаем!

Listen to the first three разговоры and запишите ответы на эти вопросы (jot down the answers to these questions on one of the Lab sheets). Listen to each разговор no more than TWO TIMES! Jot down the answers on a spare sheet of paper. 

Here are the links... Разговоры: 1 2 3


When you're done, look through this Powerpoint on verbs of going, then come join us at the tables! It's very important to acquaint yourselves with these verbs!

Почитаем! At the tables, your first chore is to read with a partner диалог 5 from уорк 5. I have all this on a хэндаут at the tables. We'll also start to work on verbs of motion like идти and ходить...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Elementary Russian: Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Language Lab for 4/XI/2015 (Урок 4, неделя 2)

Сначала... First things first. 

Your portfolio assignment for Unit 4, including the устное выступление (c), the oral performance. 

Сегодня вечером! В 18 часов! В Стетсонском зале! 
Ансамбль русского народного танца, музыки и песни «Барыня». Tonight! In the CUB (Stetson Room, 2nd floor)... The Russian dance ensemble BARYNYA!


1) Напишите тест! Take your quiz, контрольная по новым словам... 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 them 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, -сь after vowels, thus занимаюсь but занимаешься.



Учиться is a perfectly regular 2nd conjugation very like говорить. (Except, notice the shift in stress.) It, too, has a reflexive particle: -ся after consonants (учился), -сь after vowels (училась).



Please note which verbs MUST have a direct object and which CANNOT: Изучать must have a direct object (you need to study SOMETHING). 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.



Remember: Так интересно!