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Spring and Fall

Whether it's a spring or a nasty fall, Russians pay great attention to weather and would gladly discuss it. "How's the weather today?" is always a nice conversation starter, and the worse the weather is, the livelier the conversation may be. So, let's learn some weather words and also more season names in Russian!...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: weather

Published: January 21, 2013

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The Case of a Stolen Wallet

Today's lesson takes us to a Russian police station: An unlucky father has to report the loss of his wallet – and if only that! But at least we can learn something useful from his misfortune: How to talk to the police in such emergencies, and what steps to undertake.Another important thing to learn today is the accusative case: If used as direct objects of the sentence, some nouns get a new ending – and some don't. You'll find out more about this little mystery in our Grammar section....

Host: Nikita, Tanya
Topic: police

Published: January 18, 2013

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How he met her mother

Young love – isn't it romantic? Not if you are the mother who has to confront an unknown guy whom her daughter is going to "shack up" with. If only he'd been well-behaved and civilized, that is, knew at least how to address his potential mom-in-law properly!Today we are learning proper manners and rules of addressing people in Russia, along with the accusative case of personal pronouns....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: January 16, 2013

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In winter and in summer

Who hasn't heard about the Russian winter – and today, we're going to experience it ourselves, so dress warmly! It's a good season to learn facts and useful expressions concerning the Russian climate – both in winter and in summer....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: weather
Grammar: adverbs

Published: January 14, 2013

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Let's all go to the movies!

A free evening in Moscow? How about going to the movies? If you don't want to risk seeing a Russian-language movie yet, maybe we can find something in English! The hero of our dialog wanted to watch a sleazy movie and ended up with something completely different – but maybe for the better!In today's lesson, we'll practice buying tickets and count up from 20....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: January 11, 2013

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Travelling by train

Today, we're taking a train! But first, we'll have to buy our tickets– so let's be careful in making the right choice: Sometimes, accepting a less expensive offer can result in a trip you'll regret!In today's grammar, we'll learn the correct usage of adjectives: words that accompany nouns and change according to their gender....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: January 09, 2013

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New Year Holidays

New Year's Day is arguably the favorite Russian holiday. And no wonder: All in all, the country has only ten whole days of vacation! But watch out: work is still looming on the horizon, so it's not a bad idea to keep your eye on the calendar. Check out our lesson to learn more about time words and the New Year holiday season of Russians....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: holidays

Published: January 07, 2013

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A skirt or a belt?

Visiting a clothing store can be pretty confusing, especially if one doesn't know much about fashions. And especially if it's a Russian store, because Russian women tend to be quite unorthodox in their fashion preferences. In such cases, it's useful to know how to ask "What (the heck) is that?" In today's lesson, we'll practice this question and find out more about clothes and Russian styles....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: January 04, 2013

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Russian shuttle-bus

A minibus - called a "marshrutka" - is a number-one form of Russian above-ground public transportation. You’ll never get around it, so you’d better learn how to use it right now: Fare paid? Right house found? And by the way, we’ll also get to know some useful Russian shop names, so don’t miss it!In today’s grammar, you'll find out how to make a polite request and – equally important – how to tell that we actually need something....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: shopping
Grammar: imperative, i_need

Published: January 02, 2013

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It's not my size at all!

Everybody likes getting presents – Russian women are no exception – and some of us even enjoy giving them. Let's see what went wrong with a gift in our dialog (and whether there ever even was one) and learn some necessary expressions concerning giving and receiving presents....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: December 31, 2012

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Puttin' on your face

Getting ready to go out can turn into a very slow process if your "significant other" attaches too much importance to her good looks – and thus also to her make-up and clothes. Let's be patient with such girls: They're only trying to make the world a prettier place by adding their gorgeous looks to it.In today's grammar we'll be dealing with a special category of verbs which describe an action directed at oneself – so-called "reflexive verbs."...

Host: Nikita, Tanya

Published: December 28, 2012

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Calling a Taxi

Whether you're late, in a hurry, or just don't want the inconvenience of using public transportation, the natural thing will be to call a taxi. This isn't exactly the case in Moscow, where the taxi service could sometimes be better and where there are traffic jams galore. Still, there comes a time when calling a cab is the only solution.Our lesson will help you to order a taxi and will warn you about some of the more unsavory aspects of the Russian service mentality. In today's grammar, we are dealing with time references: When exactly did you want your taxi to be there? And when will it actually arrive? Let's find it out in the lesson....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: time, must

Published: December 26, 2012

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Going Abroad

Russians love travelling – either abroad or just around. Today, we're heading to the Crimea: Let's find out how Russian it is, and practice saying where we are going....

Topic: travelling
Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: verb_go

Published: December 24, 2012

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Missing lunch

Let's drop by at a Russian office – it's lunch time, so how about sharing a tasty snack? But wait: While someone is happily filling his belly, his colleague is still searching for her lunch in the corporate fridge. It's gone! Who could possibly be the culprit?In today's grammar, we'll encounter verbs that don't look alike, but belong together as imperfective and perfective aspects of one meaning. We'll find out more about their usage and learn some proverbs where they are used....

Host: Nikita, Tanya
Topic: office

Published: December 21, 2012

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Email and Internet

Today's dialog sounds a bit cryptic, but so is the Internet lingo in any language. Russians, too, have their own internet slang which sometimes is unclear even to Russians. Let's clarify the office colleagues' talk and learn a bit about the Russian internet world.Our grammar part deals with question words "где" и "куда´" ("where") and "како´й" и"что" ("what")....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: office, email
Grammar: questions_2

Published: December 19, 2012

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Agenda for tomorrow

As a tourist in Russia, you'll hardly have a chance to catch your breath. And that's just as well, because there is always so much to do and to see. Today's lesson will help you to organize your busy day of sight-seeing and teach you how to say phrases like "in the morning" or "in the afternoon" in Russian....

Topic: travelling
Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: day_time

Published: December 17, 2012

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Olympic fever

Would you rather hang out at a bar or go to a hockey match? Some Russians wouldn't miss a big sports event for anything – even if it's much more expensive than a wild night in a pub. One such event is certainly the impending Olympic Games 2014 in the Black Sea city of Sochi - let's take a closer look at it.In today's grammar, we'll discuss the pairs of imperfective/perfective verbs in their different tenses and usages....

Host: Nikita, Tanya
Topic: sport

Published: December 14, 2012

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Mobile Communication

Let's turn off our cell phones, everybody, and do some Russian! Today's topic will be – guess what? Cell phones and text messaging in Russia. Russians love these little handy toys as much as anyone, and they sometimes overdo their mobile communication, but don't we all?Today's grammar deals with the one and only past form of Russian verbs – very easy! Also, we'll learn how to say "I love you" as a sweet addition....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: cell_phone

Published: December 12, 2012

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