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Power Phrases Final Review

August 17th, 2009

Power Phrases Lesson #1
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Congratulations! You Made it. I hope you are feeling confident about your ability to communicate and get some things done when visiting Russia or Ukraine. If you have any questions or requests, feel free to leave a comment on the blog or get in touch.

You can get the final review audio file from the link above or down load the 30 minute Russian mp3 here.

One moment and now in Russian

August 17th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #30
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This is a versatile word that you will certainly here every now and then. Seechas can be used to say, just a second, one moment, and even.. now in Russian. Take a look at the video where a few of the different ways to use it are explained.

29c Map Review

August 17th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #29c
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Let’s review a few things in this lesson, including the word for Map in Russian. Can’t find the other lesson that covers this important word, don’t need a map.. just click on the link.

29b Is it possible? Review

August 17th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #29b
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Do you remember the most useful Russian phrase? It was the very first one that got us started in the series. How would you say.. museum.. on foot.. is is possible? If you don’t recall, as usual.. watch the video!

Good Luck!

29a Excuse Me – Museum – on foot – Review

August 17th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #29a
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Another quick review lesson. You must be used to these by now. Enjoy!

Russian Word for Water

August 17th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #29
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If you’re reading this, it means you’d like to know how to say ‘water’ in Russian. I wish I could just lie to you and tell you the word is ‘vaDAH’ and be done with it. Unfortunately, nothing in Russian is that simple. ‘VaDAH’ is ONE way you’ll hear it. The other two ways are:

VOHdu and vahDEE.

It just depends on context. If you’re walking along the street and want to point to some water and exclaim, “Water!” then you’d say, “VaDAH!”

If you’re in a restaurant and want to order water, you’d say, “VOHdu.”

Finally, if you want to offer someone some water — emphasis on some — you’d say, “VahDEE.”

This is typical of the Russian language, where the emphasis shifts depending on which form of the word you’re using. And it’s a bit of a nuisance. Imagine if English did that. Imagine if we said, “One baNAna. Two banaNAS.” But don’t sweat it too much. Make your best guess and hope for the best.

Getting back to water: No one seems to drink it straight out of the faucet. If the locals are afraid of it, so am I. This means you end up buying a lot of bottled water. I always make it my first task, after buying a map of the city, to go out and buy some jugs of purified water…

…if I can remember which word to use.

28b Good Job, Well done Review

August 17th, 2009

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Good Job! You’ve made it this far. So.. how do you say “Good Job” or “Well done!” in Russian. Watch the video for a refresher.