Saturday, September 10, 2005

Lesson 3 - 'How are You?'

If you ask a Russian 'How are you?' (КАК ДЕЛА) you might hear more that just a simple "OK". But for starters we'll learn some simple replies. Here are the transcripts of the dialogs from our lesson.


(- Как дела, Эмили?
- Хорошо, спасибо. )


(- Как дела, Эмили?
- Хорошо, спасибо. А у вас?)

("I am fine as well" - "Тоже хорошо" )


(- Как дела, мам?
- Так себе...)


(- Как дела, мам?
- Ничего хорошего, Эмили...)

Word/Expressions list:

Provided below are the lyrics to the song you heard on the show (click for a bigger view)

 Email me with any questions or comments. And yes, the lessons WILL get more challenging.


Anonymous said...


I'm really enjoying your lessons - I'm a total beginner, although I did pick up a 'teach-yourself' Russian book.. which was useless. You're a great teacher, you're really clear and it's great to hear the dialogue (especially from a native speaker).

I'm glad you and your family are okay - I hope your life is settling back to some resemblance of normal now. I'm in London and we've not had it great here, either.

Keep up the amazing work!

Natalia said...

Glad to be of help, B. Folks like you are my inspiration!


Ziggy said...

Hello there. I must commend you on your website and podcast as it looks and sounds very professional. Is this just a hobby or were do you plan to go? I speak a little russian knowing someone who is russian and studying one in college. Hope things are going good for you.

Natalia said...

Thanks, Ziggy, for your comment. Teaching is my passion. In college I studied to become a teacher and a linguist. At the moment I homeschool my 2 children, tutor and do this podcast. Good luck with your studies!

don_veto said...

Thank you Natalia for your site, I am trying to learn russian and have been through several books , cassettes, and interactive CDROMs. I picked up a reasonable vocabulary but need help in my sentence structure, can you reccomend any simple books. I don't mind if they are children books. I need to put all the words I learned together in a proper way.

Anonymous said...

I want to thank y ou for a great podcast. I have been trying to pick up a bit of Russian , since I work with a group.

The only thing I find difficult is prononciation. For example when I wrote Prevyit to one person, they corrected with Previt as the english spelling. Is it phonetics?


Natalia said...

David, there are more than one way of spelling a Russian word in 'English' letters. It depends on how one HEARS the word pronounced. The goal for you should be to learn to spell the Russian words in Russian;) I guess the closest would be 'Pree-vet' for you and your friend. Thanks for the question.

sylvestre said...

Hey !
Yes, this is a comment 3 years after the post, but I've only discovered this lovely blog which accompanies nicely my efforts with a teach yourself book.
Now I have one question about this lesson. Emily sounds like she's saying "и вы ?" but the written text is "А у вас?"

Am I off course or what ?

Warm thanks.

Caitriona said...

Hello! I would just like to thank you for your lessons, I've just started listening to your podcasts and they are amazingly clear and helpful. I'm Irish, but spoke Russian as a child to my babysitters. Now, I have forgotten everything and wanted to learn it again as a hobby. I'm looking forward to continuing listening to your very good lessons!



NDrea said...

Hi, I realize I am many years late on this but I have the same question as sylvestre. I see it written to ask "and you?" as "a y bac?" but I heard "a BbI?" Which is best? Or are both equally acceptable?

Natalia Worthington said...

NDrea, both are acceptable.

Natalia Worthington said...

In fact most people just say 'А как ты? а как вы?