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Going Postal

Today's lesson is a cautionary tale about Russia's state postal service – "Почта России." Unfortunate, but true: The Russian Postal Service is nothing to write home about. Let's take a closer look at its weaknesses and find ways around them.You have to know from where to where you're sending you package, right? Today's grammar helps you with it, providing you with two handy prepositions от and до – meaning "from" and "to."...

Host: Nikita, Tanya

Published: March 06, 2013

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We are working!

It's work time again! Let's visit a Russian office and find out what the employees are doing. They should be working, by the way, but you never know in Russia! And sometimes, what is regarded as leisure in other cultures is considered hard work here – which can lead to misunderstandings.In today's grammar, we will continue studying the present tense of the verbs: this time it's plural forms: what we, you, or they are doing....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: March 04, 2013

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Calling from Yakutsk

You have to be tough to live in Yakutia – not only because it's one of the Russia's coldest regions, but also because the rest of the country doesn't seem to understand how unusual it really is. Let's find out more about it in this lesson.In the grammar part, we'll learn prepositions that delimit periods of time – c and до (from and to)....

Host: Nikita, Tanya

Published: March 01, 2013

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From Russia with love

Just arrived or ready to depart – there is always a good time to get some souvenirs from Russia, otherwise who'd ever believe that you've been here! A nesting doll is always a good choice, but there are plenty of other goodies to bring home and show off – let's see what they are!In today's grammar, we'll learn about the pronouns "этот/тот" (this/that), and their modifiers "вот/вон" (here/there)....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: souvenirs

Published: February 27, 2013

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What time is it?

Oh, not the alarm clock again! But yep – it's ringing, which means it's time to discuss the Russian concept of time: both formally - How do we ask about time in Russian? - and philosophically – How do Russians view time?In today's grammar, we learn how to use verbs in the present tense, focusing on their singular forms:  the I-form, the you-form, and the he/she/it-form....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: February 25, 2013

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Russian Time Zones

Russia's vastness has its drawbacks: While one business partner is getting up, his client has already gone to bed – a not-uncommon situation that can make business dealings a real headache. No wonder that Russians are infamous for their lack of punctuality – maybe their many time zones are to blame?In this lesson, we will not only study different Russian time zones, but also learn to define periods of time with the help of two prepositions: после (after) and через (in)....

Host: Nikita, Tanya
Grammar: in_and_after

Published: February 22, 2013

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Oh, those blue jeans!

Clothing stores still remain a terra incognita for many husbands, where dragons hide in the price tags. Russia is no exception. Let's take a stroll around a typical Russian store and find out more about cool things and their sizes.In today's grammar, we discuss adjectives and their endings again. These adjective endings seem to be never-ending in Russian, but no worries: We'll learn them all in no time!...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: shopping

Published: February 18, 2013

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Mister Twister

Today, we're making the acquaintance of an American millionaire who once came to Soviet Russia and was immortalized in the children's poem "Mister Twister" written by Samuil Marshak. Let's read its most famous excerpt and then find out more about foreigners confronting Russian life.Mr. Twister will also assist us in learning the plural forms of the Russian genitive case: Here they are used to express possessions – that's something a millionaire knows about best.Audio fragment and an image from the cartoon "Mister Twister" (Soyuzmultfim production, 1963)...

Host: Nikita, Tanya

Published: February 15, 2013

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At the market

Today, we're going to buy some fresh fruit at the market. While the character in our dialog doesn't seem to know what he wants to buy, it's still a good chance for us to learn some useful expressions and measures.In today's grammar, we continue to discuss adjectives and their various endings....

Topic: food, market
Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: February 13, 2013

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Airport Check-In

In Russia, like in any other country, you should check into the airport well in advance. But with luck, one can manage to get checked-in five minutes before boarding. Listen to our lesson for important airport vocabulary plus useful check-in expressions and you'll achieve cruising altitude in no time!...

Topic: travelling
Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: airport_time

Published: February 11, 2013

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The wine must go on

What's a romantic rendezvous without sufficient quantities of alcohol to accompany it? At least that's what some people - like our dialog's hero - firmly believe in. They are even ready to put their date "on hold" while they run out and get more drinks, because alcohol isn't sold all night in Russia anymore. This lesson will tell you more about this new law – and the ingenious ways in which Russians get around it.In the grammar part of the lesson, we'll find out more about reflexive verbs, learning how to describe the beginning, the continuation, and the end of an action....

Host: Nikita, Tanya

Published: February 08, 2013

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Hangover

Where would Russia's famous drinking culture be without its most natural consequence — the hangover? It firmly belongs to the Russian life-style and today we'll get to know it closer (but not too close, please!) as well as learn how to avoid it in the first place and how to cure it in the worst case.In today's grammar, we'll learn how to deal with adjectives of different gender and number....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: bars, moods

Published: February 06, 2013

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What's the house number?

Finding the right address in a big city is quite an adventure – especially in Moscow, where the house numbering system is pretty tricky. Our lesson will help you to get it straight, so that you'll always be able to understand where the house that you need is!...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: address

Published: February 04, 2013

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What a wedding!

It's  a wedding day today – for some, the most important day of their lives; for others, a happy opportunity to gossip gleefully about the bride's looks and the groom's faults. Let's join in on the celebrations – or at least on the gossip – and learn more about Russian wedding traditions.Today's grammar takes us into the future: We'll learn how to form the future tense of both imperfective and perfective verbs....

Host: Nikita, Tanya

Published: February 01, 2013

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Weekend at a dacha

Russians can be not so industrious during the week, but they turn to truly hard workers on the weekend. How come? They work on their dachas: growing plants, digging the weeds, and having lots of other agricultural fun. Today, we'll learn more about the favourite Russian country house and weekend pastimes. In today's grammar, we study verbs that mean "to go" – either by foot, or by a vehicle. You have to get to your dacha somehow!...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: dacha

Published: January 30, 2013

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A short-distance train

Let's leave the city hustle and bustle and travel by train! Not too far for a first ride: a short-distance train, or "электри´чка," will take you to any suburban destination around Moscow. Provided that you know where to get off, how to ask about the station you need and – very important! – that you understand the answer. Pay attention to our lesson and you'll never miss your station – we hope!...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: January 28, 2013

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Where babushkas are

Let's sit down on a bench and listen to Russian babushkas talk. One can find out lots of things while eavesdropping on old ladies – from the latest gossip to the inflation rates and the most precise weather forecasts.Not only will babushkas inform us about the latest news of the neighborhood – we'll also learn more about the Russian accusative case from them. Today it's all about direct objects of feminine gender....

Host: Nikita, Tanya

Published: January 25, 2013

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Sick leave

Today we're talking about illnesses and excuses one makes because of them. A sickness can be imaginary, like in our dialog, but a good excuse is always a handy thing to learn. Let's hope that all your illnesses will be only imaginary, but still learn some body parts and illness-related expressions – just in case!In today's grammar, we're discussing plurals, in case several things at once are bothering you....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: plurals, it_hurts

Published: January 23, 2013

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