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Learn Russian language from a Russian online tutor at your own pace. Natalia teaches via Skype and other video chat services. Russian lessons are tailor-made for all students. Experience authentic Russian pronunciation, see Russian alphabet written in cursive in real time, enjoy free supplemental YouTube videos.
 
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Friends and family members greet each other with a simple "??????". for those who want to 'Copy'+'Paste' : - ??????, ?????. - ??????, ???. Use "????????????" with people you barely know, with much older folks (unless they are your relatives) or with government officials. - ????????????, ???? ???????. - ??????????, ?????. Remember, "Practice mak ...…
 
Just to change the pace a little, my daughter Emily and I are trying our hand at covering one of the most popular contemporary Russian songs originally performed by Alla Pugacheva and her daughter Kristina. Those two don't need introduction.By spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
Today I fill a request of one of my Podcast listeners/ YouTube subscribers by reciting a short poem written by one of Russia's greatest talents - Anna Akhmatova. ?????? ???? - ???? ???????? (Lot's Wife - Anna Akhmatova). To view the text: http://youtu.be/2fEWD9bqAWkBy spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
The video that goes with this episode can be found on my YouTube channel: Episode 031 Toasting is a huge thing in Russia. Has been for ages. A full glass must be drunk to the bottom after every toast, because “a toast without wine is like a wedding without a bride!” A traditional Russian drinking party usually includes a sequence of several sta ...…
 
Russian accented vowels sound much richer and fuller than their English equivalents. That is because Russian is spoken much more vigorously than is English - there is greater muscular tension throughout the organs used in speech production.By spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
Lesson on bilabial stop consonants [p] [b] and dental consonants [n] [t] [d] 1. Greeting by a subscriber (Thank you, Jeanette, and Happy Birthday!) - ???????! ? ???? ????????! 2. Recommendation of recording apps - Voice Record Pro (for iOS) - Hi-Q mp3 Voice Recorder (for Android) Another way - Google voice 209-980-RUSS (209-980-7877) BIG thanks ...…
 
Subscribers spoke. Some of you mentioned you would enjoy listening to Russian spoken without thinking of grammar. I've been thinking of doing it for a while now. Auditory training is an integral part of any foreign language learning. Thus, I created a dedicated playlist within my YouTube channel. I hope to fill it with masterful creations of Ru ...…
 
Inspired by last night's thunderstorm, our next poem is by ?.?. ?????? "???????? ?????". English translation by Dmitri ObolenskyBy spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
Learn some sport-related vocabulary words in Russian.By spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
Russian Stress Patterns ( Accented Vs Unaccented Vowels) 1. Greeting by a subscriber (Thank you, Emily) - ???????! 2. BIG thanks to all who show their support by: - purchasing authentic Russian food at Russiantable.com also via a banner 3. Lesson - Russian Stress Patterns ( Accented Vs Unaccented Vowels) 4. Contact Twitter @russianspoonful Emai ...…
 
Learn some Russian words related to weather, seasons, and pets. Twitter @russianspoonful Email: spoonfulofrussian@gmail.comBy spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
Russian Poems series. "Stars" by Sergei Esenin.By spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
Part 2 of ???????? (The Crocodile) by Korney Chukovsky. ???????? (????? 2) ?????? ??????????.By spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
Borrowing: The best way to think about the borrowed words in Russian is from a historical perspective. The influx of foreign words came in waves depending on what country or culture had influence in Russia: • Byzantine influence and conversion to Christianity: influx of Greek words • The reign of Peter the Great: influx of German and Dutch word ...…
 
Little Fir Tree (? ???? ???????? ??????). This is the most popular Russian New Year's song. Every Russian knows it. It's something that no winter holiday can do without. The song was born in 1903 and since then it brings joy and excitement to Russian kids just like that little fir tree from the song. ????? ?????? (????): ???????? ????? ???????? ...…
 
Most Common Russian Drinking Toasts. There are more, but these will get you started:)By spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
Many of you probably know that Russians have always been big on celebrating the New Year rather than Christmas. After the 1917 Revolution, Christmas was banned throughout Russia, along with other religious celebrations. It wasn't until 75 years later, in 1992, that the holiday was openly observed. Today, it's once again celebrated in grand fash ...…
 
Almost everybody has a book that they read and re-read in their childhood. When we read it again as adults it takes us back into the wonderful world of childhood fantasies and dreams. I have a book like that too. In Russian it was called "? ??? ?????? ??? ??????". Translated into English "What's on My Mind". It's a collection of short stories a ...…
 
Ever wanted to know how to call your family members in Russian? I don't mean nicknames:) I mean official titles.By spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
Ever wanted to pronounce the days of the week in Russian like a native? Piece of cake!By spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
The video that goes with this episode can be found on my YouTube channel: Episode 030 Asking questions in Russian can be quite a daunting and intimidating task, especially if you try to follow the proper grammar rules of declention, gender agrement, etc. What if you are a beginner? Should you not even try? Of course not. By knowing basic Russia ...…
 
Today’s spoonful is going to consist of a useful Russian phrase and a poem in Russian. Don’t worry if you don’t understand the poem. The reason for reading out loud is so that you can get more familiar with the Russian sounds. As you’ve probably noticed I started this podcast with the expression ?????? ???? translated as ‘Good afternoon’. There ...…
 
• ? Opening Word ??, ????????????, ??? ??????? ????????? = Well, hello, my dear listeners! ??? ?? ?????????? = 'How are you?' '??? ?? ?????????' is basically the same as '??? ????'. The difference is in the use. I'd never say '??? ????' to a person I just met, or to someone who's a lot older than I am. '??? ????' is reserved for close friends, ...…
 
Hi, everyone. ?????? ????. This is just a short note to let you know I haven't forgotten about my listeners and "A Spoonful of Russian' podcast will be coming back! I also wanted to share with you an interview I recently gave to a BBC reporter and producer April Peavey. It aired today, January 4th, 2006. It was a pleasure and honor to work with ...…
 
Topic - Birthday Greetings • ?1 intro ?????? ????, ??????! (Hello, friends!) ??? ????? (How are you?) ???????, ??? ? ??? ??? ??????. (Hope you are doing well.) Thank you for keeping up with this podcast even though I do not produce them as often as I'd like to. I am excited to get e-mails and comments on the spoonfulofrussian.com site. Your ent ...…
 
A fun way to learn Russian is by learning the words with opposite meanings. Here are some antonyms for you. Stay in touch: - site: http://speakrussian.blogspot.com - voicemail: 209-980-7877 (209-980-RUSS) - email: spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com - twitter: @russianspoonfulBy spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
???????????? ? ????? ?????????? … Hello and welcome to the very first 'Questions and Answers' edition of A Spoonful of Russian Podcast. Coming to you from a small home studio in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina. Instead of trying to find time to get back to each and everyone of you individually through email, I decided to start accumulating ...…
 
You'll be surprised how many words you would be able to recognize without studying any Russian. The words I am talking about are cognates - words borrowed from a foreign language that share a common pronunciation and meaning.The Russian version of an English word may look intimidating to you at first, but as you become familiar with the Russian ...…
 
'??????', my old friends, and '????????????', my new listeners! Welcome to Lesson 22 of 'A Spoonful of Russian with Natalia'. I am Natalia, your host and instructor. And today we are going to finish the Russian Cursive Letters series. But before we start, I want to thank again all those of you who support this podcast by first of all, keeping s ...…
 
Today you will learn how to write Russian Cursive letters "У,Ф,Х,Ц,Ч" . (updated on November 25, 2009) To answer Chris' question about forming a cursive 'ф' in the middle of a word I made a little demonstration vid. …
 
8th of March - Women's Day . It's Women's Day in Russia today, a holiday of spring and attention to women. It's one of most important holidays in Russia. The celebration is similar to a combination of Valentine's Day and Mother's Day in the West, but better. This is a national holiday and a day off. Several nations celebrate this, but only a fe ...…
 
Russian Cursive (Letters "?,?,?,?,?") Letter '?' is represented by word '??????' (Yogurt) Letter '?' is represented by word '?????' (Cat) Letter '?' is represented by word '?????' (Boat) Letter '?' is represented by word '??????' (Car) Letter '?' is represented by word '?????' (Socks)By spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
?????? ????, ??? ??????? ????????? ( Hello, my dear listeners)! Welcome to 'A Spoonful of Russian' , where we learn Russian one bite at a time. ????? ?????????? ( Welcome)! (Samir's audio message) I thank all the listeners who stuck with the show since the beginning and welcome the newcomers. I appreciate all the mail that you send my way. Ques ...…
 
(Please follow the video for this lesson. Just click on the title of the blog entry.) ?????? ????, ??????? ??????! You are listening to and viewing 'A Spoonful of Russian' podcast, where we learn Russian 'one bite at a time'! I am your host, Natalia. ??????? ?????? (Let us begin)! First, I want to take just a few seconds to thank all those who ...…
 
Today I'll show you how to write ?,?,? in cursive. (Please follow the video for this lesson. Just click on the title of the blog entry.)By spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
Today you will learn to write Russian cursive "?". I will include more than one letter in my future lessons. Thanks to one of my listeners I was able to upload a "Russian Cursive Workbook" in the DOWNLOADS section on the right. The Cyrillic alphabet was adopted by the Slavs in about the 9th century. Although it is named after St. Cyril (Constan ...…
 
?????? ????, ? ???????? ???? (Knowledge is light, ignorance is darkness) ??? ???? - ??? ????? (Live and learn) And the last one is quoted around our house quite often:) ?????????? - ???? ?????? (Repetition is the Mother of learning) I thought I would start talking about the Russian sound system. Since I want to be true to the podcast's format a ...…
 
Today we'll talk about nouns and genders. Keep in mind that we are going to look only at singular nouns in nominative case (more on the 6 noun cases later). As you know, a noun is a word that names a person, place, thing, event or idea. All Russian nouns are divided into 3 genders: masculine, feminine and neuter. It's important to know the gend ...…
 
Video Vocabulary #1 - Common Greetings and Phrases. You can find a PDF file of the vocabulary in the DOWNLOADS section of the site. p.s. Isn't the sound of that BALALAIKA great in the video?By spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com (Natalia Worthington).
 
If you ask a Russian 'How are you?' (??? ????) 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. #1 (- ??? ????, ?????? - ??????, ???????. ) #2 (- ??? ????, ?????? - ??????, ???????. ? ? ????) ("I am fine as well" - "???? ??????" ) #3 (- ??? ?? ...…
 
How do you say 'Goodbye' in Russian? This show teaches you a couple of ways to do that. As you listen, the images below will help you visually. - ????, ?????. - ????, ???. - ?? ????????, ?????. - ?? ????????, ????. Sorry for the quality of the show's audio. Was out of town, and recording was made on my notebook. I am hoping that I'll have all m ...…
 
How do you feel about food? ? ????? ??????! (I love to eat!) most people will say. Whether you love it or hate it, we deal with food and talk about food every single day. That reminds me, I have to throw together PLOV (rice-based national dish of Uzbekistan) for tonight (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plov) ....be right back. (Natalia making nois ...…
 
Sounds like cognates are the single greatest friend to folks learning Russian. However, as with most good things there are pitfalls. And these pitfalls are called 'false cognates'. A 'false cognate' is a word that shares a similar pronunciation between two languages, but means one thing in one language and something else in the other. You'd sou ...…
 
?????? ????, ??????! ??? ????? ??????? ???????. (Hello, friends! How are you? Doing well? Great!) It's December now, and I am a bit late with my coming back to the 'Spoonful of Russian'. I was hoping to get it started again in November, but....like they say in Russia: "???? ????????????, ? ??? ???????????!" Which literally means "People make pl ...…
 
(Due to lack of interest in the enhanced version of the podcast I am going to stick with the audio only version. Below is the Valentine's Day enhanced show converted into .mp3 file) ??????! Hey there, all you Russian language addicts and all those who have just subscribed. Welcome! (????? ??????????!) It’s Lesson#11 - Love is in the Air. It's b ...…
 
Let's say you want to fly out of JFK to Scheremetyevo airport in Moscow, then take the train to Vladivostok, stopping to drive through the countryside both by car and by horseback. Or maybe you enjoy boat cruises and would love to go down the Volga river! In trying to put all of this into words, you realize that you need to use some new express ...…
 
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