Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Second Year Russian... Today in the lab (Unit 2 Week 1)... "Вызывает Москва. Вас спрашивает Высоцкий"

Second Year Russian... Unit 2 Week 1


"Вызывает Москва. Вас спрашивает Высоцкий"

Алло? Ноль семь. Я успеваю только сказать: Алло! Ну, здравствуй, это я!



Listen to this YouTube Clip! 


Vysotksky... Что вам сказать? Уникальный человек. Артист, певец, поэт первого сорта. Actor, singer, poet. He exercised enormous influence over Soviet culture in the 1960s and 1970s. One might fairly say that his singing style is inimitable. He played the "Russian" seven-string guitar (семиструнная гитара), tuned down a whole octave so the strings are all loose, and they buzz a lot. You'll hear that in this song. 


His stuff is really political, but it doesn't seem that way until you understand it in the context of the culture.


Нол-семь (it's also called by its first line: Эта ночь для меня вне закона... This night is against the law...) is what you used to dial to get the inter-city operator... When you used to have to go through an operator to call out from your city...

Телефон для меня, как икона,
Телефонная книга - триптих,
Стала телефонистка мадонной,
Расстоянья на миг сократив. 
The telephone for me is like an icon! The telephone book for me is like a triptych! The operator has become Madonna, Having made distance disappear in a wink.

It's a funny song... It's late, he's writing poetry, then he gets distracted and starts to drunk-dial  old friends through the operator (ноль семь). Everything is SO URGENT! Я НЕ МОГУ ДОЖДАТЬСЯ!! I can't wait! Then the other party picks up, and it's all, "oh, hey, yeah, whassup?" Вот уже ответили... Ну, здравствуй, - это я! He really just wants to talk with the телефонистка, the operator... who's probably pretty, young, and lonely too. 


I love poetry! 

Why do you think this song was considered political? 

You will recite a stanza from Vysotsky's song during your Oral Performance for Unit 2! Here's the material at Memrise. Just the first stanza:

Для меня эта ночь вне закона.
Я пишу - по ночам больше тем.
Я хватаюсь за диск телефона
И набираю вечное 07.

Девушка, здравствуйте!
Как вас звать? Тома.
Семьдесят вторая! Жду, дыханье затая!
Быть не может, повторите, я уверен - дома!
А, вот уже ответили... Ну, здравствуй, - это я!

Anyway... Grab the two хендауты. 

Listen to Фонетика... The dude explains it OK. Intonation Construction 2 is used in greetings, for emphasis in simple declarative sentences, and in requests. (In Vysotsky's song, you really hear this intonation in the phrase, Ну, здравствуй, - это я! Listen to the strong drop at the intonational center.) On the obverse side of the worksheet, try to identify the places you'd expect to hear this intonation. Mark them, then listen to the recordings. 

On the other sheet, just listen to разговор I and ответьте на вопросы там на хендауте. Answer the questions on the handout. 

Do you hear the repeated use of IC-2? You'll hear the following... Что случислось? What happened? I'll call her... Занято. It's busy. Вы туда не попали... You've reached the wrong number! Когда она ушла. When did she leave? 

За столами... At the tables, let's review the uses of (по)звонить... to place a call. Remember it's a simple 2nd conjugation verb: Звоню, звонишь, звонят. If you're calling someone, that person is in the DATIVE (the people's case!). If you're calling somewhere, you must use the formula 

                          в/на + Accusative

Я звонил в Киев. («-- Kiev is in accusative!)

I bet you don't even remember when there were rotary telephones! 


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