Friday, August 26, 2005

Lesson 1 - Greeting

Friends and family members greet each other with a simple "Привет".



for those who want to 'Copy'+'Paste' :

- Привет, Эмили.
- Привет, мам.


Use "Здравствуйте" with people you barely know, with much older folks (unless they are your relatives) or with government officials.



- Здравствуйте, мисс Наталия.
- Здравствуй, Эмили.


Remember, "Practice makes perfect".

Your e-mails with questions and comments are welcome.

If you are brave enough, you can e-mail me an audio file with your greeting in Russian. I'll play it on the next show.

31 comments:

Anne Herring said...

I was so excited to find this podcast! i will be spending 2 months in russia next year. I am in a program to complete some of my student teaching requirement there. I will be working in the language department of a school and will be living with a family there. Now I can learn some basics wile I walk to class.

Natasha said...

Wow... I just found your podcast yesterday, so I'm brand new and I don't wanna go to the last episodes yet, so I'm gonna comment here...it was an awesome idea to make this podcast... I'm having fun trying to learn russian... Anyway, keep up the good work... And I hope things are better with your house and city... I haven't heard the last ones as you know so I don't know how everything is... Ok, I better go now... =)
See you around...

Kavita said...

Hi Natalia,

I'm very excited about this program. I just started studying Russian in France, but pedagogical methods are a little new, and I'm so glad to have found a way to do some daily practice and learning on my own terms. I have a question. Does one really not pronounce the "B" (V) sound after the "a"? I noticed in your phonetic transcription you didn't include it. Thanks!

Natalia said...

Kavita, in your question ''Does one really not pronounce the "B" (V) sound after the "a"? I noticed in your phonetic transcription you didn't include it" I assume you are talking about the word 'здравствуйте'. That's correct. 'в' is not pronounced.

Eddie said...

Great show, but any chance you could spell out your words phonetically on your site so that I could improve my pronunciation?

Nicole said...

Hey Natalia!
This is awesome. I am only 16 but my grandma is Russian so now I can finally communicate with her!!! Thankyou so much and its heaps of fun to listen to on the bus ^_^
Thanks
Nicole

Ilsina N. said...

Hi. I just found your podcast just a few days ago, and Im very excited to brush up on my Russian. I was actually born in Russia, but moved to the U.s. when I was young so I kind of forgot my Russian. Anyways, Im 16 now, and really want to know how to say things when I go back to visit Russia. Thank you for having this podcast.

Anonymous said...

Natalia, your podcasts are reallyhelping me to learn Russian. I have just met a Russian girl on holiday, and I promised her I would visit her and learn some Russian (I'm Dutch), she will try the same in my language Maybe I can produce a similar lessonwebsite in Dutch for her!!! Spaciba Natalia!

Natalia said...

@Eddie: You will improve your pronunciation by learning the sounds of Russian alphabet (download them here: http://homepage.mac.com/n.a.t/russian/FileSharing8.html )

...and then trying to read the words I use in my lessons, while listening to my voice in the podcast episode.

Trust me, it's going to be hard at first, but you will start reading in Russian soon!

chefluis1975 said...

nalia i love your show and i will try my best to learn some russian . russian people are always very nice always happy an smily.

Dargy said...

What is the differences between
"Здравствуйте" and "Здравствуй" ?

Regards,

Turkay

Natalia said...

Turkay,

the differences between
"Здравствуйте" and "Здравствуй" is "Formal" vs "Informal" address.

Всего доброго!

Kara said...

Just thought I'd say thank you for your lovely podcasts! I've wanted to learn Russian for a while but didn't know how to go about it. Your podcasts are a great help. Many thanks! :)

Clint said...

privyet :)
very excited about your podcast and website.
Just downloading it and uploading it on the pod.
My girlfriend's mother tongue is russian. Want to learn and suprise her one day.

Natalia said...

Good for you, Clint! Glad you love the podcasts:)

Gus said...

Privyet!
I have seen some different alphabets that have different ways of pronouncing some of the letters. Just wondering if your way was the only way or if there are different ways to pronounce letters.

Natalia said...

GUS, what 'different alphabets' are you talking about?

kaicevy said...

Friends and family members greet each other with a simple "Привет"

Gus said...

Well i have seen other sites that have different pronunciations for some of the letters. Like for the "o" it has it as o as in folk not the a sound you have it as.

Natalia said...

Gus, I'd be interested to see the 'other sites' you are talking about and check them out.

Thanks.

Gus said...

Ok. The address of the one that I found is http://www.geocities.com/colosseum/track/7635/alphabet.html

Natalia said...

Gus, after looking around that site, I got a feeling English is not this man's forte. I also found other mistakes in the alphabet's examples. One has to know both Russian AND English phonetics in order to give suitable corresponding sounds.

löki gale said...

Natalia!

I just found your podcast and I am very excited! I live in Azerbaijan and often, the dialect and small changes in the Russian pronunciation makes it very difficult to learn unadulterated Russian. I hope to learn enough that my trips throughout Baku and Tbilisi will make it easier to move around!

Thank you!

lgt

Memories said...

Здравствуйте, мисс Наталия
liked your page Mrs. Natalia
looking for learn this great language hope I will + improve my English
good luck and happy new year 2011

Natalia said...

Thank you much for the kind word:) Happy New 2011 to you, too.

Наталья Липовцева said...

Здравствуйте, Наталья! Я носитель русского языка. Изучаю английский. Очень интересно посмотреть как изучают русский англоговорящие люди. Судя по комментариям, должны быть видео и аудио фрагменты, но я их не нахожу. Нужна регистрация? А как это можно сделать?

С уважением, Наташа... тоже :)))

Natalia said...

Наталья, просто 'кликните' на Lesson 1 - Greeting. Это ссылка на аудио файл урока.

Наталья Липовцева said...

И как я сама не догадалась!!!)))))
Наталья, а у меня вот еще какой вопрос. Я учу английский со школьной скамьи, но особых результатов нет. Думаю, это по тому, что я никогда не общалась с носителями английского. Ведь в любой науке нужна практика. Вот и среди Ваших учеников наверняка найдутся желающие поговорить с носителем русского.
Можно мне оставить здесь свой ник в skype? Это не будет большой наглостью?

P.S. Спасибо за Ваш труд.

С уважением, Наташа.

Наталья Липовцева said...
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Natalia said...

Без проблем, Наташ!

MrPhilff said...

My daughter in law comes from St Pet !!
Time for me to start Russian learning :))

Thanks for your blog !