Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете...

Today in the lab... Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... 

Take your quiz when you're ready. 

Then grab a хэндаут and listen to this vignette. You'll want to listen to it at least twice--once to get an idea of what's going on, then again to identify the phrases and words you know, and a final time to put the pictures in the correct order. 

These words will help you to understand: вещи (things), мебель (furniture), ремонт and отремонтирован (repairs, rehab), троллейбус. сколько просите? (how much are you asking?) преступность (crime), сигнализация (alarm), посоветоваться (from the word совет, like Soviet Union--it means "consult"), экономист, пара (couple, a pair), позвонят (they will call). 

Don't spend more than 15 minutes on the exercise... Оно трудно! It's hard, isn't it? Но полезно. Useful.

Then, come to the tables, мы с репититорами с вами будем работать! 

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. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете...

Доброе утро! Сегодня среда, 15ое января.

С возвращением! Welcome back!

Итак...
First, listen to the three разговоры (1 3). On the back of one of your lab assignments, jot down the answers, in English, to the following questions. Don't listen more than three times! Я вам помогу! I can help you... just ask! Попросите!
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!

Listen to the recording at least twice, and read along:

Now, come join us at the tables... Пожалуйста, к столам!

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Мини-сочинение! На вторник! Вот задание...

Using the questions below as a guide, write a brief essay (half a page, 8-10 full sentences!) answering the question: Какой у вас дом? The essay is due next Tuesday at the start of class. (You can send it to me by email, if you wish!) I'll correct it, and you'll revise it for your portfolio.We'll work through the exercise tomorrow in class. Remember--this essay carries the same evaluative weight as your quizzes!