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Russian Word for Here

August 16th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #8
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In this video I teach you the Russian word for Here.

Russian Power Phrases Video Lessons

August 16th, 2009

Russian phrases lesson series imageWelcome to my Russian Power Phrases video series. I have finally settled on the name Power Phrases, because.. well.. it’s a very effective method for learning Russian. People often ask me how I was able to learn Russian as fast as I did, and although there are a variety of things that came in to play, remembering phrases in the manner that I came up with was an important technique that enabled me to go from beginner to pretty good, pretty fast. In the lessons below, you will see that each phrase has two important parts. One part is to help remember the meaning of the word or phrase in Russian, and the other is to help remember the pronunciation of the Russian word or phrase. This method has been an important part of my studies and I hope you and others will find it helpful.

The phrases are presented in the order in which I found it useful to know them when I first came to Russia. Some would argue that knowing some basic greetings should be learned first. However, I disagree.. I decided to present these lessons with the traveler in mind, and this is why I choose to present “May I?” first.

Imagine you are going through airport security in Russia. What would be more useful to know? To the security officer: “Hi, I’m Mark. How are you today? I’m from America. Where are you from?” or.. the alternative, the Russian phrase for “May I”, as in “May I go through..” accompanied by a gesture to pass through the security gate. Or when trying to get a bite to eat for the first time when in Russia. Saying to the lady behind the food counter: “Hi, I’m Mark. How’s the weather? I’m from America. Do you like pizza? and getting a blank stare in return. Instead I wanted to give you words and phrases that will help you get things done easily. Try this instead: Chicken (from lesson #2) May I? And you’ll get what you want with no trouble at all.

#1 – The most useful Russian Phrase
#2 – Russian word for chicken
#3 – How to say Thank You in Russian
#4 – Russian word for Hi
#5 – How Much in Russian
#5a – review lesson
#6 – Russian phrase for I want
#7 – Word for Please in Russian
#7a – review lesson
#8 – How to say Here in Russian
#9 – Word for Currency Exchange in Russian
#10 – Russian for Where
#11 – Russian word for Toilet
#12 – Juice in Russian
#13 – The word for Tea in Russian
#14 – Salad, Pizza, Soup in Russian
#14a – review lesson
#14b – review lesson
#15 – Russian word for Beer
#15a – review lesson
#15b – review lesson
#16 – how to say Hello in Russian
#16a – review lesson
#16b – review lesson
#17 – Is that all, that’s it, in Russian
#17a – review lesson
#18 – Part 1 Russian for: This is myThis is your
#18 Part 2 – This is my, This is your
#18a – review lesson
#19 – Russian word for Airport
#19a – review lesson
#20 – How do you say in Russian
#20a – review lesson
#21 – Word for Here in Russian
#21a – review lesson
#22 – word for OK, good in Russian
#22a – review lesson
#22b – review lesson
#23 – Russian phrase for Is it far?
#23a – review lesson
#24 – on foot in Russian
#24a – review lesson
#24b – review lesson
#25 – How to say Excuse me in Russian
#25a – review lesson
#25b – review lesson
#26 Phrase for let’s go in Russian
#26a – review lesson
#26b – review lesson
#27 – Well done, good job in Russian Language
#27a – review lesson
#27b – review lesson
#28 Russian word for Map
#28a – review lesson
#28b – review lesson
#29 Russian for Water
#29a – review lesson
#29b – review lesson
#29c – review lesson
#30 How to say one moment, now in Russian
#30a – review lesson
#30b – review lesson
– Russian Power Phrases Final Review –

Want to Know the Most Useful Russian Phrase?

July 3rd, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #1
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Let me give you a little history about how I came across what I believe to be the most useful of all Russian phrases.
I love the Russian language. It’s more poetic than English, more beautiful than French, and can be as aggressive sounding as German. And it’s compact, meaning it can say a whole lot with very few words. And it’s just…



I got into it in 2004, teaching myself from a variety of books and CDs I bought. Why? Well, I’m a very independent guy and wanted to visit the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, and didn’t want some tour guide telling me how long I could stand in front of Rembrandt’s masterpieces. If that meant learning enough Russian to rent an apartment and hail a cab, then so be it.

And then a funny thing happened.

I fell in love.

With the language, I mean.

I know what you were thinking. And yes, I fell in love with the women, too. Let’s put that right out there, right at the start. The women here are incredible, and I won’t pretend I wasn’t motivated by the affect my speaking Russian had on them. (I say “here” because I moved to Sevastopol, Ukraine in May 2008.)

But this blog is NOT about the women.

It’s about the system I created to help me learn Russian

. The problem I was having was this:

I just couldn’t remember the words. They were these alien sounds which had no connection in my mind to their actual meaning. That was one problem.

The other problem was pronounciation. I know, I know you should listen to native speakers

…but that wasn’t helping me. I needed to hear an American pronounce them, but I found no such tapes. So I used my ear.  I’m a professional guitar teacher by trade, with a good ear to transcribe the sounds myself. And that is what’s doubly cool (I think, anyway!) about my system for learning Russian:

It helps you remember the word in Russian, and helps you pronounce it.

As you’ll see, the system uses stories which contain within them the sound of the Russian word, and it’s meaning.

That’s it. Memorable sentences. Sometimes whole stories, sometimes just a quick phrase. Like this:

In America, trains are poised to make a comeback.

The Russian word for train (as in, Amtrak and railroads, not “to prepare for a mission”) is поезд, which sounds very much like the word “poised” in English. The main difference is that there’s a bit less of an ‘ee’ sound in the Russian word. (If you listen to yourself say the word ‘poised’ slowly, there’s a clear ‘ee’ sound. That ee sound becomes more of an ‘eh’ sound.)

Still, even if you say poised, you’ll be understood. And that’s all we care about. We will never speak without an accent, and it doesn’t matter — neither will they. I know Russians who’ve been living in the U.S. for twenty years, and though they speak English fluently, they still have a thick accent!

Heck, what does it even mean anymore, to speak English without an accent? Which is the true pronounciation? Brooklyn? Boston? Kentucky? Texas? Maine? London? Austrailian? South African? As long as we are understood, that’s what’s important.

But getting back to the system:

If you want to learn Russian, and are wondering what Russian word you should learn first. I suggest…
The most useful Russian phrase: May I. Have a look at the first video and you’ll see just how useful it can be.

In the first video, yo’�ll see that I make a promise: If you watch each video, and make the flashcards as I describe (and study them a bit each day), YOU — WILL –  LEARN — RUSSIAN.

Isn’t that encouraging? Aren’t you psyched?! I am! I’m excited for you, because learning Russian is good for your brain, good for your self-esteem, and good for your love life. (Even if your partner speaks English, you can still talk to him or her in Russian and it will be very sexy!)

So no more reading! Please watch the first vid!

Cheers from Sevastopol!