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21a Review how do I say

August 17th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #21a
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This is a review lesson for How do I say ___ in Russian? Please make sure you spend a little bit of time with the review lessons, as they really do help to make things sink in.

How to say Here in Russian

August 17th, 2009
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Zdyays (often written simply as ‘zdes’) is the Russian word for expressing “Here in this location.” It’s the opposite of the word ‘Tam’ (pronounced like the name Tom.) When choosing where to sit in a cafe, you’d ask your friend, “Here or over there.” In Russian, “Zde ili tam?”

You’ll also use the word when agreeing where to meet. There you are with a friend you just met. You agree to meet again that evening, and point to the very spot you’re standing at: “Davai zdes!” = Let’s meet here. (The word ‘davai’ means “Let’s”. No verb for “meet” would be necessary in the above example.)

You’ll also be using ‘zdes’ to ask if various things are available in a particular location:

Zdes est tualyet? = Is there a toilet here?

Zdes est telefon? = Is there a telephone here?

Zdes est restoran ili kafe? = Is there a restaurant or cafe here?

Good luck!

How to ask in Russian: How do you say __ ?

August 17th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #20
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How to ask in Russian: How do you say..?

As far as helping you learn the Russian language, this is the best phrase. I often use it while pantomiming the action of a verb I don’t know. Pretend to throw a ball, and then ask a Russian speaker, “Kak skazat?” And they’ll answer with two verbs: brosat, broseet. (The reason is that Russian uses a system of verb pairs, which is very different from how we use verbs.)

If you’re trying to learn the word for a certain object, you might toss in the word ‘etta’ (often spelled just ‘Eto’), as you gesture to the object. “How do you say this?” = “Kak skazat eto?” But honestly, it’s better to learn a different phrase in this situation:

Kak eto naziVAIehtsa? = What’s this called?

With these two phrases, you can truly begin acquiring the Russian language, (if you’re with a Russian speaker, of course.)

Review Lesson

August 17th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #19a
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This is a review of the lesson that teaches how to say this is my in the Russian language.

The word for Airport in Russian

August 17th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #19
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If you are coming in or going out of Russia or Ukraine chances are it’ll be in a plane. It may come in handy to know the Russian word for airport when you need to tell a taxi drive that you need to go to the..umm.. airport. Watch the video for details.

Power Phrases Review Lesson

August 17th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #18a
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Review lesson for the phrases in Russian: I want, chicken, that’s all, is that all.

This is my.. Part 2

August 17th, 2009

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Power Phrases Lesson #18 Part 2
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This is a continuation of the first lesson that teaches the phrases in Russian for this is my and this is your.