Friday, October 07, 2005

Lesson 6 - Don't Get Stressed About Stress and other advice....

Добрый день, дорогие друзья! (Hello, dear friends).

Сегодня суббота, 8-ое октября. The show is still recorded at my temp 'studio' away from my home in New Orleans.

In this podcast you will learn how to say the days of the week in Russian, as well as count from 1-10. You will also find out why you shouldn't get stressed over stress in Russian words. We will take a look at some simple sentence structures and word order within sentences as well....This might be the largest 'Spoonful of Russian' ever, but it's all good!

Correction: In the beginning of the podcast I got the date wrong. The show was being recorded on Friday, Oct, 7th. You will hear me say: "Today is Saturday, 7th of October." Oops!

Just to add to our past lesson - there are noun, adjective and verb cognates in Russian, and they can help you speak smoothly and easily, making you sound very natural. But don't let false cognates trick you into saying something you don't intend!

I'd like to answer a question of one of my listeners. He was asking about the role of the 'hard sign' and the 'soft sign' in the Russian alphabet. The soft sign 'мягкий знак' has no sound of its own. Rather it tells you that the consonant before it is soft. (учитель).....The hard sign 'твердый знак' has no sound of its own as well. It indicates that the preceeding consonant is hard. You make a slight break in the word, immediately after the consonant it follows. (объем - volume - объем).


- Что это? Это кофе?
- Нет, это не кофе. Это чай.

- What is this? Is this coffee?
- No, it's not coffee. It's tea.

and now a slightly different dialogue:

- Кто это? Это учитель?
- Нет, это не учитель. Это студент.

- Who is this? Is this a teacher?
- No, It is not a teacher. It is a student.


Forming a negative sentence:

Это хорошо (It is good)
Это не хорошо (It's not good)

If you don't know how to count from 1 to 10 in Russian, today's the day! Most of these numbers have a soft sign at the end, so don't forget to soften the last consonant!

0 (nol') - ноль
1 (adeen) - один
2 (dva) - два
3 (tree) - три
4 (chyetirye) - четыре
5 (pyat') - пять
6 (shyest') - шесть
7 (syem') - семь
8 (vosyem') - восемь
9 (devyat') - девять
10 (desyat') - десять

Days of the week:

понедельник (pah-neh-DEHL-neek) Monday
вторник (FTOR-neek) Tuesday
среда (sreh-DAH) Wednesday
четверг (chet-VERK) Thursday
пятница (PYAHT-neet-sah) Friday
суббота (soo-BOH-tah) Saturday
воскресенье (vahs-kree-SEHN-yeh) Sunday


Lyrics of this week's Russian song:

Зачем вы, девушки, красивых любите?
(Е.Птичкин - И.Шаферан)
from the film "My Street"

Ромашки спрятались, поникли лютики,
Когда застыла я от горьких слов:
Зачем вы, девочки, красивых любите,
Непостоянная у них любовь.

Сняла решительно пиджак наброшенный,
Казаться гордою хватило сил,
Ему сказала я: - Всего хорошего, -
А он прощения не попросил.

Ромашки сорваны, завяли лютики,
Вода холодная в реке рябит.
Зачем вы, девочки, красивых любите,
Одни страдания от той любви...

Зачем вы, девочки, красивых любите,
Непостоянная у них любовь.



Anonymous said...

Ваши Podcasts очень хорошоие!

I am a university student learning the Russian language. I applaud you podcasts and website; they are both excellent tools to help build proficiency in the Russian language.

jamie Ferguson said...

I have just found your site. It looks very helpful since I don't have alot of time but the lessons seem to be short and sweet.
Hope it works!

Natalia said...

Jamie, if I understand you correctly you wish my podcasts were longer. I wish I could make them longer, but unfortunately time does not allow. It takes a whole day to plan the lesson, write show notes, record audio, mix voice and music, finalize and upload. I am not complaining, I love doing it, but it's the truth:) I am a full time wife, mom and homeschooling teacher.

I do appreciate your interest in the Russian languae, Jamie. Good luck!

Natalia said...

@ Anonymous: thanks and успехов Вам в учебе!

Zac said...

Terrific Podcast Natalia - thanks for answering my questions about the silent letters; I have been wondering about them for a while.

takuro :-D said...

i'm beginner of russian studying at uni. your teaching is very helpful and encouraging. I'm looking forward to coming. Thank you very much. Cheers.

Max said...

Hello, Natalia, your russian lessons are great! You know, I'm from Russia and this is the best web Russian manual I have ever met. I like a song about black cat so much!
And I think, I can help somebody with his Russian, becouse I have a 2 English speaking penpals and I want to chat with others. GoodBye.
P.S. Come and see my

David said...

Hey, thanks for the show Natalia. There is a relatively large Russian/Ukrainian population in my town so I thought it would be cool to learn some Russian.

By the way, how do you get your computer to type Russian characters?

Natalia said...

Daviv, my Mac Powerbook has Russian fonts pre-installed. All I have to do is hit 2 buttons to switch between the languages:)

jessica said...

Здравствуйте, мисс Наталия, I noticed that some words that have the lower case "g" letter like "хорошего" are pronounced with the "v" sound, even among other words with the lower case "v" used (хватило) and words where the "g" is pronounced with the actual "g" sound (Когда). Is there a rule for when the "g" should be pronounced as "v"?

PS What a fun way to get back into speaking Russian! Thanks so much :)

Natalia said...


The grapheme g is pronounced /v/ in genitive desinences and the genitive singular non-
feminine personal pronoun (cf. его -'his', первого -'first', сегодня -'today', etc. ).
The pronunciation of words, like 'Когда' is learned.
In other words, In the combination of letters ЕГО (yeva) and ОГО (ava) it is pronounced "v", when the vowel PRECEDING 'Г' , either 'E' or 'O', is not stressed:

- Всего Хорошего! (Fse-VO Kha-RO-sheva)

Anonymous said...

Lesson 6 and 7 are not listed in iTunes. :( Is anyone else experiencing this problem?

eli said...

wow!!! i love this!! i just started lerning russian and I love it!! i have a russian in my class how helps me so i'm just fine!! thank you very much for making this site!!

Anonymous said...

I am not from US. I live in Argentina and I am studying with a teacher and a little group (basic level). I love this language. And I love this site because it is very helpful.

By the way, The song in Lesson 6 is so sweet, it makes me cry like a baby every time I hear it. The title is very touching, and I tried to translate the song but it was impossible. I would die to know what it says. Is it too much to ask you to put the English translation of that song?

Natalia said...


Thanks. I have provoded the lyrics of the song. Let's see if you can translate them. The text is fairly easy:)

Anonymous said...

I found your site by accident, but I think it's the best find of the year! Oh my god this is great.

Is there anyway to get a list of your top 100 songs?!?! You have excellent taste in music, and I'd like to know more of it, I am thinking listening to Russian music will help me in my studies greatly (I'm not doing to well!)

Larissa said...

I loved this lesson...but it's still difficult to pronounce.
Great job any way!