Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете...

Сегодня 21ое января. Привет! Как дела? У меня все хорошо! Или нет...

After you've taken your quiz... read this article for some cultural insights about the questions, 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?
The question in question is, “How are you?”The answer Americans give, of course is, “Fine.” But when Russians hear this they think one of two things: (1) you’ve been granted a heavenly reprieve from the wearisome grind that all but defines the human condition and as a result are experiencing a rare and sublime moment of fineness or (2) you are lying. 


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...


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. 

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