Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cases of Russian Nouns

A helpful video on YouTube with a basic introduction to the cases of Russian nouns. This is just one video lessons created by Максим Ачкасов on Russian as a Foreign Language. This video is only an introduction, and he goes into more detail in other videos.

The Russian grammar page at Wikipedia has a lot of information in general. Nominal declension is subject to six casesnominative, genitive, dative, accusative, instrumental, and prepositional – in two numbers (singular and plural), and absolutely obeying grammatical gender (masculine, feminine, and neuter).

Saying thank you in Russian (Благодарность)

A Russian language tutorial showing the meaning and pronunciation of a handful of words and phrases to express thanks or thank you. This is a great video for cutting and pasting into a lesson at LingQ to study the vocabulary.

Большое спасибо!
Очень вам признателен.
От всей души хочу поблагодарить вас!
Разрешите поблагодарить вас за всё!
Большое спасибо за внимание.
Спасибо за понимание.
Большое спасибо за помощь.
Спасибо за встречу.
Спасибо за совет.
Не за что.
Не стоит.
Не стоит благодарности.
Ну что вы!

Adele - Someone Like You

Music video by Adele performing Someone Like You. (C) 2011 XL Recordings Lt. I love the effect of a black and white video.

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Russian food - cooking Russian pancakes, blini, blinchiki recipe, Russian cuisine, crepes

Russian food - cooking Russian pancakes, blini (блины), blinchiki (блинчики) recipe, Russian cuisine, crepes.

In this video one of my favorite Russian language YouTubers Antonia and her friend teach a simple recipe for Russian блинчики. They demonstrate by actually cooking, and they speak in both English and Russian with the appropriate subtitles. As always, this video is good for picking up some Russian language.

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Pimsleur Spanish Lesson 1

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LEVIATHAN (2014) - Official HD Trailer - A film by Andrey Zvyagintsev

LEVIATHAN (2014) - Official HD Trailer - A film by Andrey Zvyagintsev

This is one Russian movie I've been watching out for. I think movies are a great way to have fun with learning language. I don't read the subtitles word for word even for films in languages that I don't speak or study. It isn't a conscious decision for me, to skip the some subtitles or focus on others. Mostly I suppose that I don't rely on subtitles because I really do think of watching the movie as entertainment, and if the movie isn't exciting or interesting enough, I skip the whole movie. I'd never watch an otherwise boring movie just for an exercise in language, because it really wouldn't be a very good use of my time at that point. But good movies that are full of situations, action and emotions that appeal to us ... now those we can learn language from because the movie will give us "real life" situations to attach words and phrases too.

The Return (English Subtitled)
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Learn Russian! Nationality

A Russian language tutorial video with masculine, feminine and plural examples of nationalities. Below are some examples I typed while following along. Here is a little more information on Countries and Nationalities - Страны и национальности. By the end of the video, you'll have heard the pronunciation of "национальности" several times.

Кто он по национальности? Who is he by nationality?
Кто она по национальности? Who is she by nationality?
Кто они по национальности? Who are they by nationality?


Это Президент США Барак Обама, он американец.
This is US President Barack Obama, he's American.
Это Мишель Обама, она американка.
This is Michelle Obama, she's American.
Это Брэд Питт и Анджелина Джоли, они американцы.
This is Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, they are Americans.

Австралия - Australia
Это Мэл Гибсон, он австралиец.
This is Mel Gibson, he's Australian.
Это Кейт Бланшетт, она австралийка.
This is Cate Blanchett, she's Australian.
Это Николь Кидман и Кит Урбан, они австралийцы.
This is Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, they're Australians.

Канада - Canada
Это Джастин Бибер, он канадец.
This is Justin Bieber, he's Canadian.
Это Шанайя Твейн, она канадка.
This is Shania Twain, she's Canadian.
Это Джим Кери и Майк Майерс, они канадцы.
This is Jim Carrey and Mike Myers, they are Canadian.

Китай - China
Это Джеки Чан, он китаец.
This is Jackie Chan, he's Chinese.
Это Чжан Цзыи, она китаянка.
This is Zhang Ziyi, she's Chinese.
Это Гун Ли и Люй Липин, они китайцы.
This is Gong Li and Lu Liping, they are Chinese.

Англия - England
Это Дэниел Крейг, он англичанин.
This is Daniel Craig, he's an Englishman.
Это Джуди Денч, она англичанка.
This is Judi Dench, she's an Englishwoman.
Это Принц Уильям и Кейт Миддлтон, они англичане.
This is Prince William and Kate Middleton, they are British.

Франция - France
Это Жерар Депардье, он француз.
This is Gérard Depardieu, he's French.
Это Жюльет Бинош, она француженка.
This is Juliette Binoche, she's French.
Это Катрин Денев и Бриджит Бардо, они французы.
This is Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot, they are French.

Германия - Germany
Он немец. He's German.
Она немка. She's German.
Они немцы. They are Germans.

Nндиа - India
Он индиец. He's Indian.
Она индианка. She's Indian.
Они индийцы. They're Indians.

Италиа - Italy
Он итальянец. He's Italian.
Она итальянка. She's Italian.
Они итальянцы. They're Italians.

Япония - Japan
Он японец. He's Japanese.
Она японка. She's Japanese.
Они японцы. They're Japanese.

Россия - Russia
Он русский. He is Russian.
Она русская. She is Russian.
Они русские. They are Russians.

Испания - Spain
Он испанец. He's a Spaniard.
Она испанка. She's a Spaniard.
Они испанцы. They are Spaniards.

Польша - Poland
Он поляк. He's Polish.
Она полячка. She's Polish.
Они поляки. They are Polish.

Украина - Ukraine
Он украинец. He's Ukrainian.
Она украинка. She's Ukrainian.
Они украинцы. They're Ukrainians.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

#8 Russian Alphabet 3: Consonants 1

Hello, dear friends! Lets keep studying Russian and English too! Here I teach you consonants: sonants and surds.

This Russian language video tutorial goes over voiced and voiceless consonant pairs in the alphabet.

Voiced and Voiceless Consonants. Devoicing of Final Consonants. Consonant Clusters

#5 Russian - Как дела? How are you?

A Russian language tutorial video with basic phrases such as ... how are you?

Как дела?
How are you?

Как делишки?
How are things?

Что нового?
What is new?

Как работа?
How is work?

Как семья?
How is your family?

Как у тебя дела?
How are you doing?

А у тебя?
And you?

Answers for the question... Как дела?
How to respond ... как ответить ...

отлично - great
хорошо - good
нормально - okay (normal)
плохо - bad
так себе - so so
здорово - wonderful
всё по-старому - all the old

At the end of the video they have a dialogue and Antonia says ... Ух ты for wow. That reminds me of something Yup'ik Eskimos from around Bristol Bay in Alaska might say. I was wondering if it is Russian loanword into the Alaskan native langauges.

#4 Russian alphabet 2: Vowels 2

In this Russian video tutorial on YouTube, Antonia discusses the vowels about О, Ё, У, Ю, И, Ы. She shares pronunciation rules of the sounds and gives some examples.

молоко - milk
пока - bye

ёлка - fir tree
пёс - male dog

путь - a way
урок - a lesson

юбка - skirt
союз - union
люди - people

пить - to drink
игра - game

выйти - to go out
плыть - to swim

мама - mother
поле - field
утка - duck
сэр - sir
рыба - fish
пять - five
пётр - Peter
люди - people
петь - to sing
пить - to drink

#3 Russian Alphabet 1: Vowels 1

In this video Antonia goes over the Russian vowels А, Я, Э, Е. She introduces the vowels and talks about some of the pronunciation rules sharing examples.

мама - mother
папа - father
работа - work

Я - I
яблоко - apple
заяц - work
пьяный - drunk
пять - five

этикет - etiquette
поэт - poet

есть - to eat
съесть - to eat up
диета - diet
первый - first

#2 Russian - Introducing Yourself - Как представиться

Russia tutorial video with some basic introduction phrases.

How to say "My name is..." in Russian.

Меня зовут Аннели.
My name is Annalee. They call me Annalee.

Моё имя - Аннели.

My name - Annalee.

How to say how old you are...

Мне 29 лет.
I am 29 years old.

Я - писательница.
I'm a writer.

Here is a webpage that gives some more information about introductory phrases about professions. Another list of professions on RT's Learn Russian site.

Я работаю на дому.
I work at home.

Я работаю в Интернете.
I work online.

Я люблю писать.
I like to write.

#1 Russian with Passion - Intro

An intro to learning Russian video with some basic hello and goodbye phrases.

Доброе утро - good morning
Добрый день - good day
Добрый вечер - good evening
Привет - informal hello

До свидания! - formal goodbye
Увидимся! - informal see you
Пока! - informal goodbye

Russian Grammar: Cases Overview

#26 Russian Grammar: noun cases - nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, instrumental, prepositional. This video is just an overview introducing the different cases.To understand Russian, it is important to learn how to use cases in Russian.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

이명훈 (Lee Myung Hoon) - Healing MV

이명훈 (Lee Myung Hoon) - Healing MV - From translation of the description ... 

Album made by dissolving the sounds of nature to the universal emotions of the world 'yimyeonghun, come barista' Sound will be taking a drink.
The second title song 'Healing' is a song has the power to all those who are tired of the routine and heal all the pain and sorrow to the song containing the eagerly hear who wish when and where the power of the world. Warm tones of cash flows between the guitar and the piano is a gaping bodeumneun to teumip mind. A few words at end didn't translate so well. It is a lovely song.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

World's Most Complicated Writing System

A video describing the Thai alphabet in the Thai language system. Learn the ancient history of the world's most complex writing system still in common use.

Yoyo Chinese Character Course – Introductory Lesson 1

Later this month Yangyang at the Yoyo Chinese site will start a Yoyo Chinese Character Course. In the first video they cover the following:

• Introduction of the character component concept
• Introduction of the building block nature of Chinese characters
• How to effectively learn Chinese characters