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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!...

Topics: travelling

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!...

Topics: location

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 a...

Topics: food, eating_out

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'...

Topics: public_transport, taxi, prices

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....

Topics: subway

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....

Topics: shopping

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 ...

Topics: relationship, phone

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....

Topics: food, shopping

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!...

Topics: public_transport

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")....

Topics: office

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!...

Topics: office

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....

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...

Topics: verbs, small-talks, languages

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...

Topics: shopping, time, signs

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/lun...

Topics: food

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 ...

Topics: travelling

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....

Topics: travelling

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....

Topics: relationship

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 t...

Topics: shopping, clothes

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 t...

Topics: holidays

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....

Topics: weather

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 na...

Topics: weather

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...

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!...

Topics: address

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 tim...

Topics: travelling