Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Parts of the body in Russian - Learn Russian with us!

A Russian language video lesson with labeled cartoon with the spelling and pronunciation of words for parts of the body.

Тело - body
Голова - head
Шея - neck
Плечо - shoulder
Рука - hand, arm
Запястье - wrist
Локоть - elbow
Спина - back
Талия - waist
Нога - leg
Колена - knee
Ступня - foot
Палец Ноги - toes
Палец - fingers

Голова - head
Лицо - face
Волосы -hair
Лоб - forehead
Бровь - eyebrow
Глаз - eye
Нос - nose
Ухо - ear
Уши - ears
Рот - mouth
Губы - lips
Зубы - teeth
Язык - tongue
Подбородок - chin
Щека - cheek

Nat King Cole singing a beautiful Filipino love song "Dahil Sa'yo"

Nat King Cole singing a beautiful Filipino love song "Dahil Sa'yo". "Dahil sa'yo" means "Because of You".

The days of the week in Russian - Learn Russian with us!

In this Russian language video lesson you will learn how to say the days of the week, as well as today, tomorrow and yesterday. They'll also share how to say "on Monday", "on Tuesday", etc.

Понедельник - Monday
Вторник - Tuesday
Среда - Wednesday
Четверг - Thursday
Пятница - Friday
Суббота - Saturday
Воскресенье - Sunday

День - Day
Дни - Days
Неделя - Week
Недели - Weeks
Дни Недели - Days of the Week

Вчера - Yesterday
Сегодня - Today
Завтра - Tomorrow

The months of the year in Russian - Learn Russian with us!

A Russian language video that shares how to say the names of the months of the year in Russian. Then they share how to pronounce the months with the preposition "в" or "in", so that you can use the expressions "в Январь" or "in January", etc.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Learn Tagalog-English (Taglis) Words & Phrases!!!

Video with pronunciation for basic Tagalog words and phrases:

Magandang Umaga

Good morning

Kamusta Po?

How are you?

Maraming Salamat

Thank you













Installation of "Learning With Texts" on Microsoft Windows

I haven't tackled figuring out how to install this program yet. But I wanted to save this video as a possible language learning tool ... LWT - Learning With Texts - Installation on MS Windows. Open source code similiar to LingQ.

The Korean 한글 Han-gul Indian Connection and My Personal Language Learning Operating System

The Korean 한글 Han-gul Indian Connection and My Personal Language Learning Operating System

"I developed my Indic Consonant Map as a blue-print for sound shifts and scripts across many languages and I have developed teaching strategies based on these principles, using my own intellectual property 'Stuart Jay Raj Speech Glyphs' - many of which resemble Korean fundamental sound shapes."

A fascinating video that shares some information about how sounds in languages have patterns to watch for. His charts about the relationship between Sanskrit and Asian languages are very interesting.

Women's Puddles Rain and Snow Boot Multi Color Mid Calf Knee High Waterproof Rainboots

Women's Puddles Rain and Snow Boot Multi Color Mid Calf Knee High Waterproof Rainboots

Fashionable rain boots at for women that can run small so consider that when ordering. The colors are:
  • Black and White Chevron Pattern 
  • Brown Horses
  • Floral
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Black
  • Leopard
  • Leopard Rose
  • Multi Hearts
  • Pink Hearts
  • Multi-Dots
  • Purple Daisies
  • Polka Dots
  • Strawberry - Red Strawberries
  • Grass
  • Monet

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dative Case in Russian: Я мешаю носу дышать

A demonstrative video sharing four simple sentences using the dative case of nouns in Russian. You can find the text here. Here is the verb мешать on a great site with some Russian verb conjugation along with accompanying sound files. There aren't any rules for usage of the dative case or this verb in the video. The video is just a little girl saying example dative case sentences: "I do not let my eyes see. I do not let my nose breath. I do not let my ears hear. I do not let my mouth speak."

Because this lesson at RussianWikiTranslate provides a transcript, after I watched the video once on YouTube, I imported the text into a lesson at LingQ, and read along while listening to the lesson at YouTube.

I Am Learning Russian online with LingQ.

Accusative Case in Russian: Посмотрите на меня

This short video lesson demonstrates the accusative case of nouns in a few simple sentences. One example is the little girl Maya points out a snowman and says .. "this is a snowman" versus "look at the snowman". This video provides dialogue text showing the different endings as examples. This video does not contain rules on using the accusative case for nouns in Russian. This video is short and sweet and good at reminding people new to the Russian language, that if little kids can figure it out how to use the cases ... so can we! (Though, it sure would be helpful to have more contact with the language.)

This lesson at RussianWikiTranslate provides transcripts, so I usually watch it once with the video, watching their lesson. Then I'll imported the text into a lesson at LingQ, and read along at LingQ while listening to the lesson at YouTube.

I Am Learning Russian online with LingQ.

Что это? ↔ What is it?

A demonstrative RussianWikiTranslate video with a dialogue that practices how to form the question in Russian ... "What is it?". The dialogue is simple, focusing mainly on items and food found in your average kitchen. The video is most helpful because they hold up and point out the vocabulary words. You can find the dialogue text here: Что это? ↔ What is it?.

Because the dialogue is available, this lesson is one I found very easy to import the text into a lesson at LingQ while listening along at YouTube.

I Am Learning Russian online with LingQ.

Some of the questions you'll hear repeatedly for practice.

Что это?
А это что?
Это что такое?
А это что такое?

Кто это? ↔ Who is it?

A RussianWikiTranslate demonstrative video with simple dialogue focusing on how to ask "Who is it?" in Russian. She throws in a few "What is it?" questions to demonstrate the difference. It's a helpful video because the words in this dialogue are easy to understand. The text of the dialogue is available Who is it? ↔ Кто это?.

Because this presenter publishes the text, these lessons are very easy to import the lesson words at LingQ so I can use their system to keep track of words (while listening along on YouTube).

I Am Learning Russian online with LingQ.

Visit the country to learn the language?

Steve Kaufman of LingQ shares his opinion on traveling to learn a language, and using travel phrasebooks. He's a man that speaks many languages, and yet despite studying a phrase book for Vietnamese, he was only able to use a few words during his trip.

On his trip, he spent some time in South Korea. He has studied Korean extensively. In this video he also mentions that studying for six or more months was needed before he could have any meaningful communication. He mentioned that despite his past studies, it took a few days before he got into the swing of speaking the language.

I Am Learning Russian online with LingQ.

Russian 101 - Common Words & Phrases - Level One

This video by The Travel Linguist channel on YouTube is more for travelers. Though, people learning the language can find the repetition helpful. It also is useful that the native speakers are both a man and a woman.

Я не говорю по-русски.
I don't speak Russian.

This is my clue that this video is for a tourist in Russia that wants to be able to express a few key ideas. Anyone interested in learning the language would start with "I speak a little Russian". They do cover that phrase in this video too.

Я немного говорю по-русски. Вы говорите по-английски?
I speak a little Russian. Do you speak English?

Я не понимаю. Вы говорите по-английски?
I don't understand. Do you speak English?

Excuse me.

Пожалуйста, повторите.
Please repeat. Please try again.

Откуда, вы?
Where are you from?

This whole video is helpful for seeing the facial and lip positions while speaking. But this phrase is particularly helpful. Откуда, вы? starts  at 2:25. Being a fairly typical American, I find it difficult to pronounce "ы" in "вы" and I get it to sounding too much like "vee". But, when I work a little harder at using the whole bottom lip like this man does, it's pretty difficult say "vee". I'm not sure that I sound like a Russian woman, but perhaps watching and mimicing what the man does with his lower lip when pronouncing "вы" got me a little closer.

Я из Соединённых Штатов.
I'm from the United States.

Я из США.
I'm from the USA. An easier option.

Миссис - Мисс - Мистер
Mrs. - Miss - Mr.

В этом нет необходимости
This is not necessary.

Of course!

Сегодня - Завтра - Вчера
Today - Tomorrow - Yesterday

Pronunciation for "вчера" starts at about 7:33. This is one instance where the pronunciation of the Cyrillic "В" isn't a Latin "V", but instead sounds more like a faint "F". The rules for why this is are not covered in the travel phrase video. But I found it helpful to watch and listen to the woman say this word.

Why? Why so?  How come?

У меня тоже.
I too. Same here.

Может быть.

Как это говорится по-русски?
How do you say in Russian?

Медленнее, пожалуйста.
Slower please.

Пожалуйста... one of the Russian words I'm not finding easy to spell. I miss the "й" every time.

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