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What's up?

One tricky thing about talking on the phone is that you sometimes don't know whom you're talking to. Then, you're too sweet to the wrong person, and the next moment your marriage is on the rocks. We can't teach you to be careful, but we can show you how to be nice and exchange the usual "how do you dos" in Russian. ...

Grammar: how_are_you
Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: October 29, 2012

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Why I need an iPhone

The more gadgets one has, the more one wants. At least in Russia, this seems to be a universal principle. Today, we're meeting one insatiable consumer who'll give us a chance to learn the names of those desirable objects. In the grammar part, we'll be discussing a handy construction that helps to say why something is necessary or what purpose something has (As in: "I need an iPhone to show it off.")...

Host: Nikita, Tanya

Published: October 26, 2012

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Bootleg Taxi

How about a hitchhiker’s guide through the galaxy of Moscow? If you’re lucky, and no traffic jams are in sight, you can travel all around the town using only private drivers – like the girl from our dialog. And if, like her, you get stuck in a jam after all – you could spend time productively learning some Russian with your driver! From our today’s grammar, you’ll learn some important Russian counting rules, and also find out how to say when you will arrive at your destination – because even the most horrible jam will not last forever!...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: October 24, 2012

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Black bread

It's time to buy some groceries – did you remember the bread? And have you ever heard about "black bread"? Let's try to figure out what that might be and learn how to talk to a vendor and ask for something....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: shopping

Published: October 22, 2012

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A present for the mother-in-law

The holidays are approaching: It's time to discuss presents and the relatives who will receive them. Let's listen to two friends examining their already-purchased gifts and see what lucky relative will be getting an anti-flea shampoo! In the grammar part, we continue examining the genitive case. We'll take a closer look at its usage after the preposition "для" (for), as in: "a present for my wife."...

Host: Nikita, Tanya

Published: October 19, 2012

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Where is the restroom?

Uh-oh! Here comes the lesson topic that makes many Russians a bit shy, but that doesn't make it less important: Where is the restroom?! Find it out in our lesson, and you'll feel much more at ease in your journeys around Russia! In today's grammar, we'll learn how to ask for permission or to express necessity....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: restroom
Function: directions

Published: October 17, 2012

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Exit

Today we're taking the Moscow subway. It's a lovely place to be, but still, after a while you might want to look for an exit, right? Our lesson will show you how to ask for an exit and other directions and locations....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Topic: subway

Published: October 15, 2012

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Great apartment for rent

Choosing an apartment to rent is a tricky business anywhere, and Russia is not without its own risks and peculiarities. Today, we are listening to a prospective landlady who thinks her rental is just great. Is she telling the truth, or is her apartment lacking something? Lacking something is also our grammar topic for today: When we say "there is no…" in Russian, we have to put the missing item in a special form – its genitive case, changing the word's ending slightly....

Host: Nikita, Tanya
Topic: apartment

Published: October 12, 2012

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Untranslatable Russian Cuisine

Have you ever heard of borsch? Or okroshka? Today's lesson will help you to get through some delicious mysteries of Russian cuisine and lead you to the best restaurants where they are found. In today's grammar, you'll learn how to ask about the meaning of a word you don't understand or know, and also how to order all those tasty dishes....

Host: Masha, Nikita
Function: making_an_order

Published: October 10, 2012

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How much does it cost?

Today, we are going to learn how to ask one of the basic questions of humanity: "Ско´лько сто´ит?" – "How much does something cost?" You'll be able to use it not only in a shop, but also while talking to a taxi driver. The answer can sometimes result in an unpleasant suprise – after our lesson, you'll be able to express it properly!...

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: October 08, 2012

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I'll be in Oslo

While you may be dreaming to visit Russia, many Russians are yearning to escape it and to go abroad. Let's hear some of their travel plans and learn to describe our own!...

Topic: travelling
Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: September 24, 2012

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Meeting a Russian girl

How can you pick up a gorgeous Russian girl? Or a guy, for that matter? Let's see how to start or not to start a conversation in Russian, and also how to react to some silly pick-up lines. Today's Grammar will help you with it: We'll learn Russian construction for asking one's name and the necessary pronouns to use with it....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: September 24, 2012

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Three stations

Moscow is an awesome city full of architectural surprises. For instance, here is this impressive square – Комсомольская площадь. It seems to be filled with magnificent castles and cathedrals, or isn't it? Actually, all those buildings are railway stations, and today we'll take a closer look at them. You already know how to ask for a person's name in Russian. In today's grammar, we'll find out how to ask for the names of objects – and how to give an answer, too. ...

Function: proverbs
Host: Nikita, Tanya

Published: September 24, 2012

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I'm the CEO!

When starting a conversation in Russian it's not enough to know someone's name: You also have to address a person properly and politely. Our lesson will help you to avoid some possible faux-pas in dealing with intricate Russian politeness rules. In today's Grammar, we'll encounter formal personal pronouns and the so-called patronymics: A uniquely Russian form of a polite address....

Topic: business
Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: September 24, 2012

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Where are you?

Location, location, location! Location is everything. But what if you don't know where you are? See how the girl from our dialog masters it. We bet that after finishing this lesson, you'll be able to cope with such situations even better!...

Topic: location
Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: September 24, 2012

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Tea or coffee?

Would you like tea or coffee? This dilemma awaits you not only in cafés, but also at meetings – like in our dialog. After this lesson, you'll have no problems in either ordering tea or coffee, or offering it to others. In addition, we'll get to know different kinds of tea in Russia and have a look at its tea culture....

Function: colors
Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: September 24, 2012

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It's only us here!

It's time to visit a Russian restaurant! Is there one in the vicinity? No problem if you're in Moscow – and quite a chore in a small provincial town.  And how do we order? In this lesson, you will learn how to order food in Russian, find out about different types of typical Russian eateries and get some helpful advice concerning choices of places. In today's Grammar, we'll explain how to say "there is/are" or "there isn't'/aren't" in Russian....

Host: Masha, Nikita

Published: September 24, 2012

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Vacation plans

Summer is nearing, so it's high time to plan our next vacation! There are so many places to see around the world, but the sad key question is usually: What will our purse allow? In this lesson, we'll listen to dialog characters watching a travel show on TV and find out more about Russian ways to travel and attitudes to travelling. In today's grammar, we'll learn some more verbs and specifically the ones that end on -овать/-евать which behave not quite like other verbs in the present tense....

Topic: travelling
Host: Nikita, Tanya

Published: September 24, 2012

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