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How to Say “Please” in Russian

July 30th, 2009

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Today’s video lesson is about how to say please in Russian. Of course when visiting a country for the first or one-hundredth time, it’s always good to be polite. Instead of demanding a cup of tea or coffee when out for a bite, you’ll get better results by softening up your speaking style just a bit with a nicely placed “please”. On to todays Power Phrase video: How to say “Please” in Russian.

How do you say “I want” in Russian?

July 28th, 2009

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This video shows you how to say “I want in Russian“. If you need a beer or some chicken, after watching this video you will be able to easily get both. The Russian word for I want is.. ya khachyu That doesn’t do you much good though, watch the video for the correct Russian pronunciation and how to remember this and other important Russian words.

How to ask How much in Russian?

July 28th, 2009

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In this next video I show you how to say How Much in Russian, which is Сколько (Skoilko). Of course this is one of the most useful Russian phrases you can know. Don’t get caught short of money after a big purchase because you didn’t ask the proper questions. I’ll be putting up a post that will explain how to understand what you hear in Russian. Conversation is a two way street, so asking will get you places, but understanding is when the real magic starts to happen.

By the way, I hope you are making those flashcards. I can’t emphasize enough just how helpful they are. I mean, why just stand there idly in line at the grocery store? Take one of your cards out of your wallet (yes, I keep mine in my wallet. Don’t leave home without ‘em.) and test yourself. And remember, try not to cave in if you can’t remember a word right away. Give it time, and of course, try to recall the PowerPhrase we created.

If you can’t recall the Power Phrase, then give yourself just the first word. The point is that, the smaller the hint you give yourself, the more you’re forcing your brain to remember the answer. If you just read the answer, you’re not firing the correct neural pathways in your brain to facilitate learning. You can read an answer a hundred times, and STILL not remember it the next time you try to recall the word. It’s better to strain and struggle and sweat for ten minutes trying to remember first the PowerPhrase, which then helps you recall the actual word, than it is to just quit and say, “Let me take a look at the answer.” If you do that, it’ll take a whole lot longer to learn Russian.

Speaking of remembering, try — without glancing back at the top of this post — to recall what the word is for “How much.” Do you remember? What if I give you just the first letter? S____ . Does that help?

Or the first two: Sk___ ?

I know I’m getting into the real nitty-gritty of studying, but if you stick to my system, you will learn Russian much, much faster. The tip here is that if all else fails and you HAVE to read the answer, *just give yourself the first letter.* See if that’s enough to jog your memory.

Ok, that’s today’s post. Now take a minute and watch the video below to learn how to say How much in Russian.

How to say Hi in Russian

July 28th, 2009

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If you want to say Hi in Russian look no further! In this video I teach you the Russian word for hi, which is privet. Remember as always to roll your R’s in Russian, including the R in privet. To get a feel for the rolled R, try saying the word udder, and note how your tongue bounces against the roof of your mouth. So, suuuuper slow, the pronunciation of Privet would be:

Puh-udder-ee-viyet. Say this faster and faster, and you will work the rolled Russian “R” into your speech naturally.

Be careful how you use Hello and Hi as it really does depend on who you are speaking to and what the situation is. Hi is the more casual version to be used when speaking with those who you are familiar with.

The Russian word for Hello, by the way, is relatively difficult to learn, so I put it much later in these videos. But don’t worry, we’ll get to it. For now, you can get by with just Privet, and even if you use it mistakenly (that is, during a formal first meeting with an adult), you won’t overly offend because they know you are a foreigner and they appreciate even the smallest effort to learn their language.

You’ll often hear people especially young women greet each other (and you) with Privetik! (The “ik” part is pronounced “eek,” but usually written as “ik.”) What that little “ik” at the end is doing is making it cutesy. In fancy lingo terms, it’s called the diminutive, but I tend to avoid using fancy terms like that.

Anyway, if you say that to a girl, I guarantee she’ll laugh and think it’s the cutest darned thing she’s ever heard a foreigner saying privetik! If you want, you can make lots of words cutesy like that. Sometimes you need to add just “ik” at the end, but sometimes it works better with “chik” (pronounced just like the word “cheek”). If, for example, you know that the word “poka” (pronounced puhKAH) means “See you later,” you can make the cutesy version for a big laugh:

Pokachik!

Or even cuter: Pokachikee!

Remember that in all instances the accent is on the KA syllable.

Want more? Da (which means Yes) could become Dachik, and nyet (No) could be nyetchik. Not that you’ll hear it very often. A little “chik” goes a long way. But using it once or twice when people — especially women — don’t expect it, you’ll get a big reaction.

Good Luck!

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Chicken in Russian | The Russian word for “chicken”

July 27th, 2009

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If you ever wanted to know the Russian word for Chicken, you’re in Luck! This is a good one to know as you can find chicken in most grocery stores in Russia. The word is pronounced Kooritsu. Check out the flash-cards and have a look at the video. Sorry, but it doesn’t teach how to say “extra crispy” maybe in another lesson…

Hello in Russian Video | How to Say Hello in Russian Video

July 24th, 2009

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Be careful with how you use Russian greetings. Hello in Russian is considered formal and should be used in polite situations with people you are not familiar with. For example, with your boss who you would want to speak to with some degree of respect, you would say Hello, and not Hi which is more casual. For that see the video lesson for Hi in Russian.

Russian for Hello is Zdra-wichyeh

In this video as usual you can also hear a native Russian speaker’s commentary on when Hello is used and when it should not be used. As always make your flash cards and practice a little bit each day and you’ll be speaking Russian in no time!

Russian is pretty tough. I mean, let’s not kid ourselves. It can be downright intimidating at times. But there’s two things I want to encourage you with.

#1: Don’t worry. I am here to help you. I enjoy teaching, and I especially enjoy teaching Russian. If I can do it, you can do it. And I’m going to show you every trick I came up with to master this killer language. So hang in there.

Besides, if you’ve seen all the videos up to this point, you already have a good, useful vocabulary that you should feel proud of. I guarantee you ALREADY KNOW MORE RUSSIAN than 99% of the tourists who travel there. You know how to politely ask for tea and coffee, or a beer or juice, pizza, salad, soup, chicken. You can ask where the currency exchange is, or the bathroom, and you can point to ANYTHING and ask for this one here, please. Of course after todays Russian video lesson, you will know the difference between Hello and Hi in Russian.

That’s pretty useful, and I hope you feel good about that. Heck, I feel proud of you,and we barely know each other!

#2: Though you might be a beginner in Russian, here’s an important point that so many native speakers of English overlook: YOU ARE AN OUTRIGHT, WORLD CLASS MASTER OF ENGLISH.

How so?

You, my friend, can have the news on in the family room as you cook dinner in the kitchen and still understand everything.

You can watch a movie where the actors speak lightning fast, slang-ridden jargon obscured beneath a loud soundtrack, explosions and whatnot and still get every word,including the meaning, the sarcasms, the jokes, the subtext. All of it.

Because you are a native speaker of English, and Russian people (for one) will constantly be amazed at your skills. They will ask you to listen to a song, maybe Britney Spears, maybe The Pussycat Dolls, and ask if you understand the words, and could you please explain it to them. You have an incredible skill, every bit as amazing as their ability to understand Russian.

Always remember that.

Now on to today’s video! How to say Hello in Russian.

Do svidaniyeh!

Mark

 
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Russian Shopping Mall | How to say Store/Shop in Russian

July 14th, 2009
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In this video blog post, I show you the inside of a Russian shopping mall. Technically it’s Ukrainian but.. we will be speaking to the locals in Russian of course. Watch closely as the women with the purple shopping bag go by. I make a reference to the bag being full of magazines, which is very close to the Russian word for shop. Watch the video, and easily learn and remember the russian word for shop. This video also teaches the Russian word for buy. So if you are in Russia and you need to buy something, and you want to find a shop to buy something in.. watch the video. If you have any questions about this video or anything else please leave a comment.