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What's for breakfast?

Feeding a kid is never easy, and in Russia it can be a real challenge. Russian kids usually hate traditional Russian kids' meals like porridge and soup. Let's try these dishes, too – maybe they are not as bad as we Russians thought as children.While tasting, we'll learn how to say "for breakfast/lunch/dinner" in Russian....

Topic: food
Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: for_breakfast

Published: December 10, 2012

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Open or Closed?

Whether it's on the weekend or late at night, you can always find a place in Moscow to shop or have a coffee or even get a sun-tan. It is a city that never sleeps: many places are open 24/7 – that is, unless they are closed. Sometimes quite unexpectedly. A sign at the door will usually tell you what's the sitch, so it's better to understand what's written on it.In today's lesson, we'll study some of the most common signs, both for shop names and for their business hours....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: closed_for

Published: December 07, 2012

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Super-VIP hotel

Welcome to Russia! And welcome to our Super-VIP Deluxe hotel! Would you prefer this fancy suite for a price any millionaire could afford, or that cute standard room with no bathroom? This lesson will prepare you for the most typical surprises of Russian hotels and teach you some very useful expressions in dealing with them.In today’s grammar, we learn how to say that you have got something, in our case a reservation.  ...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: December 06, 2012

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I don't understand

Sooner or later, you'll master the Russian language and will be able to speak it like a pro. But for now, it's handy to be able to say that you're not that far yet and, thus, to avoid unnecessary questions. Let's see how the heroine of our dialog manages it, and let's learn how to say "I don't speak…" and "I don't understand…" in Russian....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: December 03, 2012

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Do you have an apartment?

What makes a Russian man truly attractive? For some, it's the fact that he owns an apartment – or better still, a country house and a car, too. The favorite types of property in Russia are the topic of today's podcast. But will they make the man eligible after all?Today's grammar section will show you how to say that you own something, and how to specify your possessions as yours using such pronouns as "my" and "your".  ...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: November 30, 2012

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Moscow subway

Time to visit something very beautiful and at the same time very useful! Today's topic is Moscow subway system. The beauty of its stations is legendary, and it will also get you around the city faster than any car. In this lesson, you'll learn how to pay for your trip and to find your way around the subway. Today's grammar is all about big numbers: Subway doesn't cost much, but it's still important to count your hundreds and thousands of rubles....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: November 28, 2012

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A bad employee

Today we'll examine another important aspect of office life: the qualities of the co-workers. Let's find out what is the better asset in a Russian company: to be a good professional or a good person. We'll also learn some adjectives used to characterize people or things....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: November 26, 2012

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Back to school with Vovochka

Have you done your Russian homework? Well, good for you! Because Vovochka – the hero of today's dialog – didn't do his homework that well, and now he has to deal with the consequences. Let's meet him and his teacher Maria Ivanovna and see what the Russian school system looks like. In today's grammar, we'll get to know the verbal aspect – an important part of the Russian tense system....

Host: Nikita, Tanya
Grammar: verbal_aspect

Published: November 23, 2012

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Russian customs

Today, we have to go through the Russian customs inspection. Nobody has ever escaped this procedure, so it's better to learn how to deal with it in style: with all the necessary words and tips. We'll also talk about bribing Russian officials, but no worries, we are not going to teach you that. In our grammar part, we'll learn more forms of possessive pronouns....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: November 21, 2012

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When is payday?

Deadlines and salaries – it's always good to know when they are due. That's why we'll be discussing the days of the week in today's lesson. What day is today? – Како´й сего´дня день? Let's find it out, maybe our paycheck is there already!...

Function: small-talk
Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: office

Published: November 19, 2012

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A too-helpful waitress

"At your service!" In today's dialog, the waitress is trying a bit too hard to be helpful: Taking your orders is one thing, but deciding them for you? No, thanks! Check out our lesson to learn how to be your own man – or woman – in a Russian restaurant. Today's grammar will show you the right word forms and constructions to use while ordering food....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Function: making_an_order

Published: November 16, 2012

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A friend, not a boyfriend

When meeting people, it's better to clarify the girlfriend/boyfriend issue right up front so that you don't fall in love too soon. Or so that you can start falling, if the coast is clear. And, as a foreigner meeting Russian girls, you're in for some nice surprises in this lesson! In today's grammar, we'll learn the Russian versions of "my"/"your" – "мой"/"твой", and count from 11 to 19....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Function: introduction

Published: November 14, 2012

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Where are Ivanov and Petrov?

Today, we are having a peek into Russian office life. It's Monday, which usually means that some of the colleagues are still relaxing after an oh-so-stressful weekend. Let's learn some of their common excuses and discuss most common conjunctions: "and" ("и", "а") and "but" ("но")....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: office

Published: November 12, 2012

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Which bus?

Shall we travel by bus today? First, you have to know which one to take: There are plenty of buses in Moscow, as well as streetcars and trolley buses – it's important to pick the right number! And to do this, you'll need to learn more numbers in Russian: five to ten is our goal for today!...

Host: Masha, Nikita
Grammar: numerals_5_10

Published: November 09, 2012

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Supermarket

Enough of the fancy restaurants! It's time to go grocery shopping. There are plenty of shops around, and our lesson will not only help you to make the right choice, but also to talk to the salespeople.In today's grammar, you'll learn to count hundreds – of rubles, of course – to round out your Russian shopping experience....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: November 07, 2012

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Here's your change

It's check-out time, so let's finish our shopping and pay. And don't forget your change! To deal with change and paying, it's useful to learn how to count – even if for now it's only up to five....

Topic: food, shopping
Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: November 05, 2012

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What a waste!

Recycling garbage? What is that for? Generally speaking, Russians aren't familiar with the concept and are quite perplexed when confronted with it. Like the hero of our dialog who's visiting friends abroad and honestly can't understand the purpose of the whole idea.Reason and purpose is the topic of today's grammar as well: We'll revisit the words used to ask and answer questions about reason and purpose – of waste separation among other things....

Host: Nikita, Tanya
Grammar: why_questions

Published: November 02, 2012

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Russian Police

Russian police are not necessarily the people you'll most enjoy encountering in Russia. All the more important to know what to expect from them, how to talk to them, and what precautions to observe – check it out in our lesson! In today's grammar, you'll learn about Russian gender and formal possessive pronouns "ваш/ва´ша/ва´ше/ва´ши."...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: October 31, 2012

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