Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Unit 9, Week 2

Доброе утро! Сегодня 1ое апреля. Среда. Значит, мы в лингафонном кабинете!

Сегодня--День смеха в России! It's April Fools Day, in Russian either "Day of Fools" of "Day of laughter": день дурако́в или день сме́ха... (that is the genitive case!... "of fools" and "of laughter!). Don't fall for any practical jokes (ро́зыгрыши по-русски)

On the back of your quiz, answer as best you can the questions based on these Давайте послушаем recordings: 

Be sure to read the questions first. Then, listen to the recordings no fewer than two times. Remember: The point isn't to get them all right (that would be nice....), but to listen carefully and analytically for what you can understand. Не парься! Relax! We're going to do this exact exercise again NEXT WEEK. Ask me or the tutors for help when you need it. 

Then, watch this video presentation at least twice. It explains how TENSE and ASPECT work in English and Russian. Then come to the tables! Присаживайтесь поудобнее! Grab a seat... 

Because you should be interested... 
Courses in Stetson’s Program in Russian, East-European, and Eurasian Studies, Fall 2015
In addition to our full offering of Russian language, in the fall of 2015 SPREES will offer:
Soviet Century: Revolution! Stalin! Cold War! Dive into the rise and fall of one of the world’s most powerful and paradoxical experiments in social engineering, an empire that covered 11 time zones and 1/6 of the globe: the Soviet Union. Read stories, memoirs, and Politburo memoranda to understand the experience of not only political leaders, but also everyday Soviet subjects working to build a better society. What was the Soviet Union, why did it collapse, and what is its legacy? (Dr. Fowler. Offered as two separate sections. One (CRN 6742) meets TR 10-11:15; the second (CRN 6741) meets MW 2:30-3:45.)
Money and Muse in Russia: One Russian poet once said that in Russia, a poet is more than a poet. Why? Why, in Russia, were artists given the best apartments, but also sent to concentration camps? Why, under dictatorship, did Russia still produce great quantities of art still adored today? Ultimately, these are questions for cultural historians: how do people understand the world around them, and what political, economic, and social structures shape our sense of “that’s just how it is”? How, in the end, does money support the muse? (Dr. Fowler. Offered MW 12-1:15)
Russian Foreign Policy: Russian foreign policy is about Russia's relationship with the world in the Tsarist, Soviet, and post-communist eras. The first half of the course is a study of international history of the last century as seen from Moscow. The last half of the course is devoted to Putin's attempt to reassert Russia's role as a Great Power following its descent from international prominence in the 1990s. Among the questions to be examined is whether Russia's intervention in Ukraine represents the beginning of what some have called the Cold War 2.0. (Dr Huskey. Offered TR 11:30-12:45)
The Art and Theory of Modernism: A complex age demanded art that was complicated and difficult to understand. This course offers a survey of this allusive, indirect, intellectual art produced by European and American avant-garde artists from the end of 19th century to the mid-20th century. Looking at Picasso's Cubism, Duchamp's Fountain, and Malevich's Suprematism, the students will attempt to figure out the meaning and consequences of the conceptual turn in art, learning in the process why a five-year old child could not really paint a Black Square. (Dr. Kudryavtseva . Offered TR 1-2:15)

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