Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Elementary Russian: Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Language Lab for December 6, 2017 (Урок 4, неделя 3)

Студенты! It's so EASY hanging out!

tl;dr Plan for today: Take quiz, do listening, work at tables.

Сначала... First things first. 

+ Here is a link to your Oral Performance sign-up.

+ Here is a link to the guidelines for your Final Oral Project

1) Напишите тест! Take your quiz, контрольная по грамматике... 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 these states 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 (ignore ь soft signs!)
  • -сь after vowels
Thus занимаюсь but занимаешься.  

Учиться is a perfectly regular second conjugation very like говорить. Notice the -и- in the ending... that's the mark of all second-conjugation verbs. 

It, too, has a reflexive particle: 

  • -ся after consonants (учился
  • -сь after vowels (училась).

Note which verbs MUST have a direct object and which CANNOT: 

  • Изучать must have a direct object (something in the accusative case). You need to study SOMETHING: Я изучаю химию. (Subject-verb-object)
  • 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.

That's COOL!
Remember the magic words: Так интересно!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Второй год. Second-Year Russian: Урок 4, Гостиница. Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... (Unit 4, Week 2)

(It's great to be a student, just this studying interferes!)

1) Review memrize. Напишите тест! Take your vocabulary quiz...
2) За компьютером. Наденьте наушники и.... подготовьтесь! Put on your headphones and... GET READY! (See the imperative there? ПОДГОТОВЬТЕСЬ! НАДЕНЬТЕ! Get ready! Put on! Second conjugation, positive, perfective, stem-stressed verbs end in -ь!)... 

Sorry. Distracted. Do the listening exercise on the хендаут. Вот вам сcылка. (It's supposed to sound like airport announcements... in my experience, it does sound like airport announcements but in small local provincial airports... There you go!)

Answer the multiple-choice questions on the sheet. If you want to do this with me or our wonderful tutors, we can. Some useful vocab for this exercise... Вам помогут, наверное, эти слова...
  • Посадка--boarding
  • Адлер--название города в районе Сочи. 
  • Рейс--Flight
  • Вас про́сит!--They're asking for you!
  • Зал прибытия--like... arrivals...
  • Тамо́женное отделе́ние--Customs
  • Регистра́ция--угадайте! (=you guess...:)
3) Работа за столами (=at the tables(Instr. Pl)! Better than под столом (=under the table(Instr. Sg)! Take a look at this guide to "time when" phrases... 

Я родился в тысяча девятьсот семьдесят седьмом году!  (See?! в + the PREPOSITIONAL!)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Elementary Russian: Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Unit 4 Week 1 (Урок 4 Неделя 1)

First off... Снагала! Here's the material from Memrise for your Vocabulary quiz  tomorrow (Thursday). 

Еще поработаем! Let's work a little! Вот что будем делать... A little listening, read a dialogue, do a little grammar at the tables. 

Давайте послушаем! Let's have a listen to the three разговоры. Here are the links for the recordings: Разговор 1 Разговор 2 Разговор 3

Some words to know... Как по-английски будет...
  • In the first conversation, you need to know the acronym США, Соедененные Штаты Америки--USA USA USA! It sounds like СэШа.
  • Тhe words сосед, neighbor and 
  • Простите, excuse me. 
  • Don't forget in the second conversation that библиотека  means library! 
  • The phrase in the third conversation Я вас не по́нял means "I didn't understand you" and 
  • стажёр, a word that means "visiting student," someone doing study abroad.

Listen to each recording no more than three times and try to answer the following questions. Jot down your answers sheet provided.  I'll check them in your portfolio! Remember: The goal isn't to get them all right (though that's certainly a worthwhile goal!). The goal is to get you to listen, intentionally and carefully. You only get better at something with practice. Русские говорят... Повторение, мать учения. Repetition is the mother of learning. I always joke Повторение, мать мучения. Repetition is the mother of being tortured! 

The listening should take no more than ten minutes. 

When you're done, find a partner or me and read диалог 5. Figure out the following from the dialogue: Как по-руссски... (For your quiz next TOMORROW TOMORROW TOMORROW! From Подготовка к разговору, 4-6)

  1. - State that you missed something that was said.
  2. - Ask and answer who takes a certain subject.

Do you remember... How do you respond to a compliment? How do you ask and answer questions about what courses someone is taking? How do you say that you don't know what your major is? (These are all questions from Подготовка к разговору 4-6 and will appear on your quiz THURSDAY!!!.)

Когда вы закончите... When you're done... join me or the репетитор at the tables for a little grammar work. Not much, just some more practice with the verb учиться, to be a student. Notice that it's a second-conjugation verb, like говорить, with a reflexive particle, either -ся or -сь, depending on the final consonant of the conjugated form. If the form ends in a consonant (or soft sign), it gets -ся, if it ends in a vowel, it gets -сь. учусь but учится. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Второй год. Second-Year Russian: Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Урок 4 Неделя 2. Родительный падеж.

Сначала... Your material for next week's VOCABULARY QUIZ!

А теперь...
Давайте послушаем! Прослушайте разговор между руководителем и администратором. Ответьте--да или нет! Listen to the conversation between the American and the Russian hotel manager. On your handout, mark да или нет (true of false). Получать means "to receive," забронировать "to reserve"... and на пять дней means "for five days." Oh, and США (СэША) means USA. 

На обороте! On the flipside... Two things. 1) With the tutors, review the formation of the genitive case. Remember that family members and friends are often irregular. 

But generally, the genitive plural is pretty straightforward... Вообщем, правила образования родительного падежа очень простые! S4N, N4S! 


2) And, "the rules of counting"... which you already know. 1+nominative; 2, 3, 4 + genitive singular; 5+ gets genitive plural. The NEW information pertains to modifiers... What happens when you say "three big bottles of vodka" or "five dancing naked bears"? 

Пройдите упражнения с репетиторами! Go through the exercises with the tutors! Finish them at home. 

Holiday Party!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Elementary Russian: Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Умей тусить! | Unit 3 Week 3

На сегодня... 

Take your grammar quiz! Напишите тест по грамматике! Итак... Закончили? (you've finished already?)  

Окей, теперь.... Do two brief listening exercises on your хендаут: 

* The link for 3-32 Реклама is here.
* И вот линк на 3-33 На каком языке?


SIGN UP for your ORAL PERFORMANCE! I'm closing this document tonight (Wednesday) and anyone who has NOT signed up will... FAIL. (Sad music plays, teacher shakes head...)

Here's a link to the portfolio assignment for Unit 3. You've received this in class already!


When you're finished, come hang with us at the tables! Мы будем тусить! We'll hang out, and do a short exercise on the prepositional case... Во что вы одеты? What are you wearing??? Я в новом жорошем синем пиджаке!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Второй год русского языка Second Year Russian, Лингафонный кабинет... Ням ням! | Unit 3 Week 3

Мало работы на сегодня, ребята, УРА! Во-первых... напишите тест по грамматике!
Теперь «Разговоры для слушания» Let's have a little listen... All three short conversations are just 1 min long. Listen to each one a couple of times and answer all the questions in your handouts. It should take you not more than 30 min...

Разговор 1
Разговор 2
Разговор 3

Sign up for your oral performance! (see the last week lab for the links)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Elementary Russian | Сегодня в лингaфонном кабинете... | Unit 3 Week 2... Какие языки вы знаете?

In this unit, we're using a few important Power Points that explain the formation and use of the prepositional case, and another couple that describe the "single stem system" of verb conjugations. Here they are

You must sign up for your Oral Performance (in pairs!). Запишитесь в парах!

Stetson: Кликните здесь сейчас!
ERAU: Кликните здесь сейчас!

Что сегодня наготове... What's in store today...

1) >>>Take the vocabulary quiz!<<<
2) At a computer station, do the listening exercise below on числительные--it reviews numbers to the hundreds. You'll find the worksheet in your lab handout. Remember that Russians pay for things in рубли (the plural of рубль, roooble), and you'll hear various forms of the word like рубль, рубля, рублей. These are just different case forms--don't worry about them! Concentrate on catching the numbers.

3) Contemplate the forms of говорить, which conjugates JUST LIKE the other verbs we've studied, except the vowels change a bit. (See BELOW!)

4) Look through the Power Putin on Prepositional. Don't you love Power Putins??

5) Come to the tables, we'll work through some exercises on the Prepositional. 

The whole kit and caboodle shouldn't take more than 45 minutes. (Kit and caboodle in Russian is "wagon and cart, ваго́н и ма́ленькая теле́жка.")

Итак... 1) Listen and read along as the диктор reads numbers 1-50. Here is the recording.

Now do this exercise, jotting down the prices the handout. I only want you to do the first 13. Don't listen more than three times. Here are the questions (they're also on the handout).

When you're done with the числительные (numbers), consider the verb говори́ть, to speak. It is very similar to verbs like читать, знать, жить that we've already studied, the sole difference being the vowel  in the ending. 
Important rule! There are only two conjugational patterns in Russian, 1st (mostly verbs ending in -ать) and 2nd conjugation (mostly verbs ending in -ить). 


читать (1st conjugation)
говорить (2nd)

In говорить and other verbs ending in -ить, the ending vowel is -и- where there's a -е- in verbs like читать that end in -ать. The они form is -ят instead of -ют. 

What's important to take away: There are only two conjugational patterns in Russian, 1st and 2nd conjugation. And these two patterns have very similar endings, they differentiate ONLY IN THE VOWELS. 

Comparing first and second conjugational patterns, we can note: Vowels change, consonants stay the same. 

Finally: We have a lot of grammar left in this unit! Look through this PowerPoint on the prepositional case. We've already encountered it: Я живу во Флориде. Иван живёт в Москве. Now, we'll learn how to change modifiers so they reflect the function and gender of the nouns. 

Read through the presentation a couple of times, and work with your professor or the tutors on the relevant grammar exercises (handout) at the tables. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Второй год... Глава 3... Неделя 2. (SECOND YEAR, Unit 3 Week 2)

ОК, ребята... за работу! To work, to work! Work, so Stalin says THANK YOU! Кстати, во вторник вчера было the Russian Revolution Centennial. Putin says "забудьте об этом!"

0) You must sign up for your Oral Performance (in pairs!). Запишитесь в парах! 
Stetson: Кликните здесь сейчас!ERAU: Кликните здесь сейчас!

1) Напишите тест по новым словам (Take the quiz!)

2) Возьмите хендаут.... и... Давайте послушаем... если вам будет трудно, то мы вместе сможем поработать над ним. разговор с таксистом... A conversation with a taxi driver! Get a handout, and... Listen! And, if it proves difficult, we can work a bit on it together... You'll find the questions on your lab handout. Вот линк на запись... Link to the recording. 

3) Садитесь за стол! Поработаем вместе! Come to the tables, find a tutor or me, and let's work a bit on verbs of motion... Take a look at the flowchart on your handout that you all know well... All we're adding today is the FUTURE and PAST perfective forms for these verbs, пойти-поехать (that's по- added more or less directly to the words unidirectional verbs ехать и идти--the conjugations are the same... пое́ду, пойду | пое́дешь, пойдёшь...). 

4) The grammar quiz NEXT WEDNESDAY: The first part is based CLOSELY on Ex. 8 (ходить - ездить / идти - ехать Fill in the blank) that we're doing at the tables today. See your handouts! Know how to say that you are going somewhere on some form of transportation. Remember: пешком is ON FOOT, without any additional prepositions! Additionally, there are lexical/grammatical expressions having to do with location (рядом, далеко от, слево от...). You'll find those on the handout, and we'll practice them in class on Tuesday.

5) Here's my mind-map of verbs of motion... It's really just a set of binary decisions... Yes or no?

6) Finally, sign up for your oral performance in pairs here. И вот линк на запись песни, которую вам надо выучить наизусть (by heart!)... and here is another Link to a recording of the song with the actual actors. 

Faculty Book Talk on Friday, 11/10 at 11:00 a.m. SPREES

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Elementary Russian: Лингафонный кабинет... Распорядок дня! Что будем делать сегодня...Урок 3 Неделя 1 Unit 3 Week 1 Какие языки вы знаете?

Привет! Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете...

Material for Unit 3 vocabulary quiz for next Wednesday (November 8, восьмого ноября) is here

А теперь... распорядок дня! Что будем делать? And now, our plans... What are we going to do? 
  1. Pick up этот хендаут... (You can print out this document at home). 
  2. За компьютером... Listen to two разговоры (conversations) and answer questions that you find on the first page of the handout... Listen to each разговор three times! No more, no fewer! Jot down the answers on the хэндаут that you printed in #1. Разговор 2Разговор 3 (15 minutes)
  3. Прослушайте Диалог 4. (Listen to Dialog 4.) The dialogue is on the handout, too! Now, draw lines from the English phrases below the dialogue (#4, 5, 7, 8, 9) to the corresponding Russian in the dialogue. Where in the dialogue, for instance, do you learn how to praise someone's language ability? These phrases will be part of your vocabulary quiz next Wednesday. 
  4. Find a partner or a tutor and READ DIALOG 4 ALOUD!
  5. OK, now: Work through the grammar part of the хэндаут. It's on verbs. Try to conjugate the verb изучать, then write out the answers to Oral Drills 1, 2, and 3. 
So, right? Понятно? You have to listen to a couple разговоры and answer the questions. Then listen to a dialogue and identify the Russian phrases. Read that dialog aloud with a partner. 

And, finally, do the verb exercises! If you don't have time to finish this grammar work on verbs in the lab, you can do it as домашка, homework. But you should start it in the lab so the tutors can answer questions. 

Here's a beautiful, lighthearted song and video by the Russian group ДДТ....

Что такое осень - это небо,
Плачущее небо под ногами.

What's fall? It's a sky,
A weeping sky beneath your feet...

Monday, October 30, 2017

Второй год Language lab: Unit 3, Week 1 Second Year

Здравствуйте, дорогие студенты!


Окей! За работу! Сначала... 

Давайте послушаем! Read along and fill in answers to the following two dialogues.
1. Можно пройти пешком?
2. Как туда попасть?

Ответьте (answer!) на вопросы (на хендауте)... И найдите (find!) фразы-переводы в 3-7 (диалоги). Answer the questions to the dialogues on the handout. Then find the phrases in the dialogues that match the ones in 3-7 Подготовка к разговору. These phrases will be on your vocab quiz next Wednesday.

Wheh. Finally. Да уж! =You're telling me! In the final exercise на хендауте, take items from each column and make complete sentences... I go to work on the bus! Ура ура!
***Remember: Can you do it in the bathroom? If yes, use в+Prep. If not, use на+Prep. Destinations are ACCUSATIVE. Modes of transportation always use на + PREPOSITIONAL.

Your vocabulary quiz next Wednesday (Nov 8) . 
Your grammar quiz (Nov 15).

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Привет! Здравствуйте! What a fun time it has been being in Russian in the past few months! I never knew that there were so many opportunities here in SPREES with different events happening all over the campus. Whether it may be georgian cooking (which I hope to go sometime soon, or even being in the music school (while learning some русский pieces with the help of Dr. Zavlunov) ; I am always surrounded by Russian, making it a part of my life that is not specially in the music school.

Also with the Russian Festival underway, it makes it so much more нитересный!
Funny Russian Hats

The Russian winter headgear is somewhat infamous... Known as "shapka," it is essential to the Russian winter attire. There are two famous hats specifically, the "Ushanka" and the "Kubanka." There are many ways to make both of them, with differing fabrics and colors.
The Ushanka is a large, warm hat with two big ear flaps, and has a rich history. The first hat to look anywhere similar to it was created in the 17th century, and was known as a "treukh," or three ears. The ear flaps were actually pulled up, and it looked hilarious: 10/10 funny hat. The more modern version, unfortunately, losing some of it's original pazazz. Now, the ear flaps actually fall over the ears to provide some legitimate use.
The Kubanka, however, is even more disappointing, but is nonetheless a popular winter hat. It is named after the Russian providence of Kuban, and is significantly newer than the Ushanka. It's round with a flat top, and is generally made of some kind of thick fur, like that of a black fox.  This dismal hat is actually quite fashionable, and has been repeatedly featured in the collections of high end designers, such as Chanel's winter collections. Not a very funny hat, but it would definitely look great on you if you had a small head. 2/10 on humor rating, but I think I'd wear it if I was trying to look cool in the winter anywhere but Florida.

Sent from my iPhone

Food is Food and Food is great

С Приездом! No we are not in an airport, but we are in a place of international travel? Who is traveling you may ask? Why no other than your very own taste buds! Where are we traveling from? Straight from Sprees in Деланд, Флорида to Tbilis Georgia!! From Adzhika to Tq'mali! Georgian Food is quite хорошо! In order to gain a great perspective on Georgian culture, make sure to sign up for Dr. Denners weekly Georgian Cooking club Thursdays in Allen ! You wont forget it! 

And remember, Georgian food is healthy, so even if you're above 40 you still might be soft in the rump! 

До свидания!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Russian Music Festival this weekend!

Зравствуйте! If you enjoyed listening to the Balalaika on the video, then you should come to the Russian Music Festival's concert this Friday, October 27th, at 7:30pm in Lee Chapel! Prokofiev, Shostakovitch, Borodin, and more. Go to as much of the Russian Music Festival as you possibly can. Go hear Russian songs sung by fellow Elementary Russian students on Saturday's concert!
До свсиданя!

Also, I find it оченъ интересный that the Russian language has evolved very little over time as compared to other languages, such as English. 

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете! Unit 2 Week 3 Elementary Russian

Day two, Week three, Unit 2. Listening and Этот vs. Это 

Добрый день! Рад вас видеть! Good day! Nice to see you. 

It's a busy week. Your portfolios are due on Thursday... Here's the assignment. MAKE SURE that you've included EVERY item... Grammar explanations, translations, etc. There is a LOT of homework, all of which needs to be COMPLETE, CHECKED, and CORRECTED by the time you turn in your portfolio. And don't forget the ORAL PRESENTATION. You've signed up, right

In Dr. Denner's class, we got distracted and started to talk Russian music... What's a balalaika? Lauren just happened to have one with her... The song is called Коробейники (lit. Peddlers)... Как красиво!

And then we talked about what makes Russian music... Russian. It's the chords! And progressions... Listen to Vysotsky's song!

Don't forget Georgian Cooking Club! Most Thursdays in Allen Hall. You should visit!

1) OK, к делу! To the business at hand... First, take the quiz!

2) Now, sign up for your Устное выступление your ORAL PERFORMANCE here.
3) On your handout, you will find two listening exercises, Давайте послушаем! Let's Listen! The first, 2-38 магазин-салон, just listen to find out the PRICES of each item, which you can scratch below the picture. The second, 2-39 Магазин <<Мода>> , just answer briefly the 3 questions. Listen carefully for the words you understand and make your judgments accordingly.

4) Finally, наконец, check out this great Prezi I made on the differences between two similar words, Это ("This is, that is, these are", the all-purpose introduction) and этот (the demonstrative "this" or "that" as in "this car and that cat"). At the tables, we'll work through a brief exercise that will help you to understand proper use and formation... 

Finally, finally, наконец-то... go "LIKE" (поставить ЛАЙК!) the SPREES Facebook page! 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Second Year Russian Unit 2 LAB 3


Сначала... review the conjugation of the verbs HERE. (10 min)

Теперь, напишите квиз! Now, take your easy grammar quiz! (10 min)

On the back... На обороте.... Look! (30 min)

First, practice your lines of the "07" song.

Теперь, наденьте наушники и прослушайте передачу Радионяни! =Put on your headphones and listen! Радионяня now means "baby monitor" in Russian. But it used to be a radio program for kids...  Everyone "of a certain age" (my age!) knows these episodes. If you're over, say, thirty-five, you grew up with Радионяня at home. The song that starts every episode goes...

Мы рады вас приветствовать, товарищи ребята!Конечно, если дома вы, а не ушли куда-то.
We're happy to see greet you, comrade children!  
If you're at home, of course, and haven't gone somewhere...

The rhyme of куда-то and ребята is an excellent rhyme!

Give the song a listen here and write all the words you recognize.

Now listen to a segment: Давайте послушаем program

On the back of your quiz, jot down the answers (in Russian... or English if you have to) to the four questions. Клёво! It's great. Смешно... Very funny! Смешно, а серьёзно! Funny, but serious... as it always was and ever shall be in Russia.

This will take you about half an hour... Трудно! Я знаю! 

When you're done... Come to the tables and ask us questions! Get some additional help on aspect and verb conjugations. 

Весёлые уроки! Cheerful lessons! Lessons in Happiness!

You can listen to more more episodes of Радионяня here. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Сегодня в лингафонном кабинете... Unit 2 Week 2 Elementary Russian

Привет! Добро пожаловать! 


ММММММММедведь! Bear! (This image came from Tolstoy's Primer... his schoolbook for peasant children in the 1870s. It made WAY more money than Anna Karenina or War and Peace!)

In Russian, the phrase добро пожаловать is used when welcoming someone, say, to your home or at an event. On the other hand, с приEздом means literally something like "greetings on your arrival"--it implies that someone has just arrived safely at his or her destination, so it's reserved for welcoming someone at the airport or when they get to your house... 

 Do these brief listening exercises on the back of the quiz:

First, listen carefully to the numbers 20-50. They should be familiar, as they're just compound numbers like in English (twenty-two). The new word here is сорок--forty in Russian. 

Got 'em? Поняли? Итак... listen to the телефонные номера, the telephone numbers. and jot them down on the lab хендаут. These six digit telephone numbers are read as three sets of numbers--in other words, "twenty-six/thirty-one/fifteen." Notice also that the speaker gives both the person's "full name" and their nickname, Надежа и Надя. On the back of your quiz, jot down the person's nickname and phone number, and let me or the tutor check it! Only do the first SIX!!! Ask us for help if you need it...

Now, take a second and carefully look through this Power Point. It explains how modifiers are formed in Russian. Yeah, it's a lot of information. It will make more sense when you actually work through examples... soooo... At the tables, grab a хендаут and, working with a partner, a tutor, or me, start the homework (Oral Drill 11 & 13). 

Don't forget!  You'll have a VOCABULARY quiz on Wednesday, Oct 18. Here's a link to the material.  Then he next week, a GRAMMAR quiz. Here's a link to part I (numbers) of the material on that quiz; here's a link to part 2 (modifiers). 

Note: The material is part of a Memrise course. You don't have to use Memrise, though I think it's an excellent program (and it's cross-platform, so there's OS, Android, etc. versions). But you may adapt the data as you see fit... You can cut and paste the tables into other programs, like Quizlet, or make your own flashcards with paper and pen. 

Adding: Some students are having trouble in forming the adjectives. Remember! 1) Only chumps add endings to endings. You need the STEM. What's the stem? Whatever isn't the ending. What's the ending? Anything that changes. So, consider some of the adjectives from our unit:

новый. новая. новое. новые. The stem is нов-
старый. старая. старое. старые. The stem is стар-

Don't forget how the possessives like мой, твой, наш, and ваш work. Because their masculine ending is "nothing," their stems and their masculine forms are identical: 
мой. моя. моё. мои. (мой- + -а --» моя; drunk monks!)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Review quizlet for your vocab quiz (10 min)

Take your vocab quiz! (15 min)

И прослушайте эти разговоры и ответьте на вопросы на хендауте! Listen to these conversations and answer the questions on the handout... then listen to these разговоры and jot down the answers on the back of your quiz. 
разговор 3 разговор 4. (20 min)


Listen to Vysotsky, again! ТАК ХОРОШО!! Я ЕГО ОБОЖАЮ!!

 Practice a little more Memrise! Do some Числительные! (Review your numerals! We'll have a separate quiz on numerals on Thursday Oct 19)

Then do Oral Drills 10 and 11! Пожалуйста, к столу!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Сегодня на уроке в лингафонном кабинете... Elementary Russian, Unit 2, week 1

Сегодня на уроке в лингафонном кабинете...  Today (04/10/2017) in the lab for Elementary Russian!  Сегодня четвертое октября! Добро пожаловать!

Порядок очередности! Priorities... Grab a handout! 

Берите, пожалуйста, хэндаут! Make sure you get the one for Elementary Russian! 

1) (20 minutes) Listen to these разговоры: Разговоры: 1 2 3  (click 'em!) and, on the back of the handout, answer these questions (just jot them in the margins). It's helpful if you read the questions first, think about the kinds of answers you might expect, and THEN listen to the разговоры... 

Oh, by the way, таможня means "customs." Where do you think Katya & Mary are meeting?

2) At the tables, the tutor or I will go over possessive pronouns (my, your, our, etc) and the concept of modifying. Just remember: Nouns are the bosses. They tell EVERYONE what kind of endings to wear... Мой, моя, моё, мои. One common error is the belief that gender and form depend on the gender of the subject or speaker. NOT THE CASE! Every noun in Russian has an permanent, unalterable gender: Москва is always feminine. Костюм is always masculine. Remember to look at the ending. Almost always, the ending indicates the gender of the noun: -a/-я is feminine; -o/-ё is neuter; -ы/-и is plural; and -∅ (null) is masculine.

3) You'll have a VOCABULARY quiz on Wednesday, Oct 18. Here's a link to the material. You'll have a GRAMMAR quiz three weeks from today during lab (Oct. 25). Here's a link to part I (numbers) of the material on that quiz; here's a link to part 2 (modifiers). Your Oral Performance will take place, and your portfolio is due, on Oct. 26. 

Note: The material for the vocabulary and grammar quizzes is part of a Memrise course. All the data is there! You don't have to use Memrise, though I think it's an excellent program (and it's cross-platform, so there's OS, Android, etc. versions). But you may adapt the data as you see fit... You can cut and paste the tables into other programs, like Quizlet, or make your own flashcards with paper and pen. 

One final reminder: Remember, we do one unit every three weeks (except for Units 1 and 2). You have lab every Wednesday. 

Labs are days when you ask for extra help, work with the tutors or me on whatever you want.

Oh, and if you haven't yet, go LIKE the Russian Studies Facebook page! 

And, you should really read this article about learning Russian.