Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Абрикос - Apricot

Абрикос - Apricot

The fruit apricot in the Russian language. You can see on the description of Абрикос on Russian Wikipedia where the accent lies.

It's a simple enough word to year pronunciation at Yandex Translation.

Gender of Nouns 1 with I Learn Russian Channel


I saved this video from their playlist, so it will continue on. They create a small list of nouns to test your ability to distinguish between the masculine, feminine and neuter gender of the nouns by replacing it with correct singular personal pronoun in the nominative case.

Here's a little more information on Russian Personal Pronouns.

The pronunciations and answers start about 1:30 into the video.At the end they have over 100 words to further text your ability. The list and answers for those words are in their YouTube description for the video!

Где мама?
Она там.

Где парк?
Он там.

Где метро?
Оно там.

Где арка?
Она там.

Где европа?
Она там.

Где институт?
Он там.

Где карта?
Она там.

Где кокос?
Он там.

Где зеркало?
Она там.

Где лимон?
Он там.

Где манго?
Оно там.

Где ресторан?
Он там.

Где метро?
Оно там.

Где робот?
Он там.

Где мясо?
Оно там.

Где сахар?
Он там.

Где сомбреро?
Оно там.

Где украина?
Она там.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Struggling is Normal when Learning Languages

A video encourages language learners not to be bamboozled by Internet polyglot success stories. YouTube is full of them. People that create videos showing how they can easily flow between languages and offer to sell you a product that will help you do the same. But this fellow reminds us that just because learning a language seems easy for some people, it doesn't mean those people haven't gone through a struggle.

Don't Boil Your iPhone 6 in Coca-Cola!

This guy can't have Apple's permission to do this kind of stupidity? They'd condone him releasing toxic fumes into the environment without a HazMat team to protect him and others? Thank goodness for Obamacare. We can all foot the bill for his lung cancer treatment.

Russian Names for Boys

Some Russian names for boys ... in Russian. Common names for men. The first name is given name followed by diminutive versions.

Александр, Саша, Санек, Санька, Саня
Алексей, Алёша ,Лёша
Андрей, Андрюша
Валентин, Валя
Василий, Вася
Владимир, Володя
Георгий, Гоша, Жора
Григорий, Гриша
Данила, Даня
Дмитрий, Дима, Митя
Иван, Ваня
Евгений, Женя
Ниуита, Ника
Николай, Коля
Матвей, Матюша
Михаил, Миша
Олег, Олежка
Павел, Павлик, Паша
Пётр, Петр, Петруша
Фёдор, Федя
Сергей, Серёжа
Станислав, Стас

Обезьянки из космоса (Alien Monkeys) - Газонокосилка (Lawn Mower)

Обезьянки из космоса (Alien Monkeys) - Газонокосилка (8 серия) - Сегодня наши друзья оказались на настоящей испанской корриде.Today our silly friends from outer space get caught up in a bullfight with an angry lawn mower.

I Loved You - A Poem by Pushkin

I ran across a poem by Alexander Pushkin (Александр Пушкин) on Russian Wikipedia this morning. At the source there is some more information about the dedication of the poem being to a woman Pushkin had loved from afar. Poor guy! Can truly feel the pain of his experience of unrequited love. Below is original Russian text and an informal English version from online translator.  

Я вас любил: любовь ещё, быть может (Пушкин)

Я вас любил: любовь ещё, быть может,
В душе моей угасла не совсем;
Но пусть она вас больше не тревожит;
Я не хочу печалить вас ничем.
Я вас любил безмолвно, безнадежно,
То робостью, то ревностью томим;
Я вас любил так искренно, так нежно,
Как дай вам Бог любимой быть другим.


I loved you: love more, perhaps,
In my heart is not extinguished;
But let it not bother you anymore;
I do not want to sadden you.
I loved you silently, hopelessly,
Shyness and jealousy was stressed;
I loved you so sincerely, so tenderly,
As God forbid you to be loved.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Green Polka Dot St. Patrick's Day Fabrics

Below you'll find a coordinating selection of green, bright lime green, and white polka dot patterns designed for a St. Patrick's Day quilting project in my online shop. You can find more polka dot fabric at Zazzle.

Green Polka Dots
Green Polka Dots Quilt Fabric by annaleeblysse
Browse more St Patrick's Day Fabrics at Zazzle
Green Polka Dot
Green Polka Dot Fabric by annaleeblysse
Browse for more Fabric at Zazzle
Bright Lime Green and White Polka Dot
Bright Lime Green and White Polka Dot Fabric by annaleeblysse
View St Patrick's Day Fabrics online at zazzle

Create Your Own Solid Color Fabrics at Zazzle

Quilters can create their own fabrics at These three samples are shades of green and plain white created for a St. Patrick's Day quilting project in my online shop. The beauty of Zazzle's customizable tools on their site is that you can choose your favorite color. You're not stuck with one of these shades. You can create your own fat quarter to match a quilting project that you are working on.

St. Patrick's Day Green
St. Patrick's Day Green Cotton Fabric by annaleeblysse
Browse more St Patrick's day Fabrics at Zazzle

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Viber Video Calls

"Did you know you can now keep in touch with friends and family face to face, directly from your Android or iPhone?" An app that I'm curious about as it seems to answer the question ... how to make FaceTime or video calls between Android and iPhones.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Learn Russian Audiobook from Peace Corps

Live Lingua posted the audio and materials for the Peace Corp Russian course. I have been looking for it on the government site to see if there is more, but so far haven't found it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Learning With Texts

A free software package similiar to LingQ. I like the format for LingQ, and how it appears they've worked at speeding up the process of creating "lingqs" from this free Learning with Texts software. I also like that I can use the lessons I've uploaded on my iPhone. But for people that aren't interested in the $10 a month fee at LingQ, this is an option to look into further.

I Am Learning Russian online with LingQ.

Lady Gaga Tweeted about Glenn Beck

Nice to see Lady Gaga appreciated a nice review even though it was by Glenn Beck! The truth is that I didn't see the event because I'm pretty tired of Hollywood. I've got way more important things to do with my time than watch rich people that are a $100K gift bag just for being alive waste my time to tell me I'm not making enough money.

6 Reasons We’ll Pay You To Teach Us vs. Learn It Free Online

For people with books, videos, or other how-to programs for sale online, this video is a positive reminder about not worrying about free videos on YouTube and information on the Internet.

I'm going to compare this to my search for information on learning languages...

First of all, I do buy resources to learn languages. But almost every thing I buy isn't quite good enough.

Pimsleur is great for repetition and pronunciation and getting us talking. But, the entire program is entirely too expensive considering that the literacy component is completely missing. In an online world with worldwide social networks and a global economy, we Pimsleur still wants nearly $1000 course without any written component is beyond me. I don't mean this to be a negative review. I've been learning from Pimsleur too. But, only because I take the time to figure out what the words are and look for more information on grammar and such. By the way, wanting to save money I borrowed the Pimsleur CDs from my local library. People that don't need to worry about being thrifty can find Pimsleur products on Amazon.

LingQ is a great site because you can gain access plenty of podcasts and bring in the literacy component into the picture. As you listen to a podcast by a native speaker of one of several languages, you can read along in the language. But, this also isn't enough. Since we aren't babies that have years with a patient adult that will correct our grammar mistakes before we get into the "real world", adults need to think through the grammar of a language they want to acquire. Though there are individuals that bring grammar into their podcasts at LingQ, it is a challenge to get it all in a sequence that is relevant.

Though I've been using both Pimsleur and LingQ, I've been using many free sites and videos to fill in the holes of both programs. I've been posting the most helpful resources here on my blog. The posts might make sense to me because I can remember how to find them, but in effect by adding links to freebies (халява) to help others learn languages online for free, I realized I was adding to the random mess that is online. Tags can help you find some information, but provide no sequence. To help fix this, I've started an outline about Learning Russian Online that gives a little more structure.

Обезьянки из космоса (Alien Monkeys) - Танец Деда Мороза (Dance of Santa Claus)

Обезьянки из космоса (Alien Monkeys) - Танец Деда Мороза (Dance of Santa Claus)

"Сегодня наши друзья станцуют свой сумасшедший танец с Дедом Морозом." Today, our friends will dance their crazy dance with Santa Claus

The little Alien Monkey's run across a dancing Santa Christmas decoration and get into a silly dance with the little guy trying to get his bottle back.

Дед Мороз - Santa Claus

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