Saturday, May 09, 2015

Easy Russian 8 - Pets

Ania at the Easy Languages YouTube channel roams around St. Petersburg Russia asking people about their pets, or what pets they'd want. In the subtitles you'll find some Russian words for pets, the adjectives people use to describe their pets such as cute and fluffy.

pet - домашнее животное

pets - домашние животные

Personalized Photo Baseballs

Personalize a photo baseball at You can choose from virtually unlimited font colors and style combinations to match your photo. This photo features water in a blue swimming pool, but it can be replaced with your own image.

Create Your Own Photo Custom Baseball

You can create your own custom photo baseball with a personalized text message at Below are two templates with a NASA space image and the photo of a swimming pool. You can replace them with your own photo. You can also choose from thousands of pre-made baseballs in Zazzle's online marketplace.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Spring Snacks ♥ Home Recipes! (Russian Language)

Весенние Вкусняшки ♥ Домашние Рецепты!
Spring Snacks ♥ Home Recipes!

A longer video with some recipes for party snacks in the Russian language. It's a pretty good video to pick up on some vocabulary for common foods, or some dishes and utensils in the kitchen.

The baby carrots (маленькие морковки), parsley (петрушка) and hummus (хумус) in a planter idea would be easy even without a working knowledge of the Russian language.

Comparing the Russian Adjective Big and Small

Развивающий мультфильм для малышей. Большой и Маленький

Short cartoon for kids comparing the Russian adjectives for big and small paired with some common nouns. A video for parents teaching their kids the Russian language.

Learn russian verbs : to drink = пить

I was watching a Russian lesson about the genitive case and needed a reminder about the meaning of the verb "to drink" or пить. She reviews the present tense conjugation of пить, and gives a few sample sentences. Sure enough, at least one of the sample sentences uses the genitive case. At the very end she says a few Russian sentences, giving only the English translation. I used that as dictation practice and tried writing the sentences in my language learning notebook.

Russian Lesson - Genitive case

A brand new video from the Russian Plus channel on YouTube with a Russian grammar lesson about the genitive case. Besides some sample sentences comparing nominative case nouns to the same noun in the genitive, they give the rules for changing noun endings. They also demonstrate the pronouns in the genitive case.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Learn Russian Verb "To Play" - "Играть"

Learn Russian verbs "to play" - "Играть"

A video with the present tense conjugation of the Russian verb "to play" or играть. She offers a few sample sentences demonstrating how to form a sentence describing playing a musical instrument and playing a sport.

How to Work at Vending Machine in Russian Language

почему в США толстые люди одна из причин
"why the
fat people in the United States is one of the reasons
This is one reason people are fat in the United States.

I don't suggest watching this video for this Russian guy's dietary advice on sugary soft drinks. But the video reminds me a bit of the Krashen natural method of language learning with "comprehensible input". This guy is pointing out and describing the use of a Coca-Cola vending machine. Perhaps you'll learn a a new use for the verb "выходить" the verb "to come out". Here is the conjugation of the Russian verb выходить.

How to Say "Cool" in Russian

How to Say "Cool" in Russian

This video takes about 22 seconds to teach you how to say "cool" (круто) in Russian. I'd suggest searching Twitter (Твиттер) for all kinds of круто uses of круто.

Below someone shared their opinion of ratings...

Learning Russian Language Русский Язык Part 9

Learning Russian Language Русский Язык Part 9

More practice sentences in the Russian language. In this sentence the noun is "work" or a ""job" (работа), the conjugation of the verb "to work" (
работать), and the adjective is "smart" (умный)
. As with other videos on this channel there are plenty of sample sentence for shadowing. A beginner might want to return to some of these videos to practice some of these sentences again after they've studies some of the Russian cases.

Learning Russian Language Русский Язык Part 8

Learning Russian Language Русский Язык Part 8

This Russian language video goes over some basic questions like "Who is this?" and "What is this?". It shares how to say in Russian nouns such as mama, friend, house, lamp, table, pillow, plate, bag, man, woman, child, and brother.

Then the video shares how to construct a simple sentence with the adjective matching the noun gender ... in this case the adjective is "big" or большой.

Lastly she goes over the conjunction of the Russian verb "to eat" or есть, adding the Russian plural noun for fruits. This video series is great for shadowing the language.

Learning Russian Language Русский язык 7

Learning Russian Language Русский язык 7

This Russian language video has some basic practice on noun gender and (my) pronoun agreement. I thought the speaking practice for some common Russian nouns was helpful.

мой дом - my house
моя сестра - my sister
моё золото - my gold

This video covers how to say "This is my ..." and shares the nouns house, bank, cat, city, color, friend, sister, daughter, lamp, night, soul, shadow, gold, heart, ring, window, and coat.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Learning Russian Language Русский Язык Part 6

Learning Russian  Language Русский Язык Part 6

A Russian reading lesson that goes through the conjugation of the verb жить or "to live" with all kinds of sample sentences. The sentences are for someone with some basic introductions to the cases of Russian nouns.

For example:

Ей нравится жить в Лондоне. She likes to live in London.

Reading it might be easy. If you'd like to reproduced that sentence construction you may find some grammar information on the the Russian prepositional case and dative case helpful. I find videos like this very useful creating my own sentences in my language learning notebook. I'll take a sentence like that and create new sentences with different dative case pronouns, and perhaps different cities.

Мне нравится жить в Рино.Они нравится жить в Лос-Анджелесе

Andy Warhol, "Gold Marilyn Monroe" on Khan Academy Russian

Энди Уорхол, "Золотая Мэрилин Монро"
Andy Warhol, "Gold Marilyn Monroe"

I have been keeping an eye out for channels that have accurate Russian subtitles on YouTube videos (as opposed to the auto-subtitles), so I can get a more accurate English translation. Not all the videos on the Russian Khan Academy channel have subtitles, but several that I've found do.

Monday, May 04, 2015

How to Use the Dative Case Phrases in the Russian Language

How to use the Dative case phrases in the Russian language - "I like", "I'm cold", "I feel good" etc...

Here is some more information on the Russian Dative Case where you can find the personal pronouns in the dative case. Zhanna talks about using the dative case to express what we like, and a temporary state of how we feel.

The Russian dative case examples below are mostly here so I can practice typing practice in Russian. When I get into typing a short lists like these samples below, I'm still amazed at how quickly I learned to type in Russian. I'd expected it to be a chore, but I was soon amazed at how easy it was to learn to type in Russian. Whoever designed the Russian keyboard organized the letter placement to optimize typing words with common letter combinations.

Besides typing practice I find it helpful to say some of these sentences to Google Translate on either Google Chrome or the app that is available for both iPhone and Android.

Мне нравится Москва.
Тебе нравится Москва.
Ему нравится Москва.
Ей нравится Москва.
Нам нравится Москва.
Вам нравится Москва.
Им нравится Москва.

Мне плохо.
Тебе плохо.
Ему плохо.
Ей плохо.
Нам плохо.
Вам плохо.
Им плохо.

Мне холодно.
Тебе холодно.
Ему холодно.
Ей холодно.
Нам холодно.
Вам холодно.
Им холодно.

Мне грустно.
Тебе грустно.
Ему грустно.
Ей грустно.
Нам грустно.
Вам грустно.
Им грустно.

Мне весело.
Тебе весело.
Ему весело.
Ей весело.
Нам весело.
Вам весело.
Им весело.

Мне жарка.
Тебе жарка.
Ему жарка.
Ей жарка.
Нам жарка.
Вам жарка.
Им жарка.

Мне больно.
Тебе больно.
Ему больно.
Ей больно.
Нам больно.
Вам больно.
Им больно.

Мне скучно.
Тебе скучно.
Ему скучно.
Ей скучно.
Нам скучно.
Вам скучно.
Им скучно.

Я надеюсь, тебе не скучно со мной.
About the time Zhanna says that sentence directly above in the video, she talks about how it's important to memorize uses of the dative case for speaking in Russian.

It's so true! One reason learning the dative case uses is so important is because we can't rely on auto-translators to take an English sentence and produce a complicated Russian sentence in the dative case. Some of what the auto-translators might come up with could be very rude.
Dative case talks about a temporary state, but nominative state might imply a permanent state. So if you rely on the auto-translators, instead of telling someone you hope they're not chilly at the moment, you will end up telling someone you hope they're not cold-hearted.

Я надеюсь, мне не скучно.
Я надеюсь, тебе не скучно.
Я надеюсь, ему не скучно.
Я надеюсь, ей не скучно.
Я надеюсь, нам не скучно.
Я надеюсь, вам не скучно.
Я надеюсь, им не скучно.

Я надеюсь, тебе не был скучно со мной болтать.

Я надеюсь, тебе не был скучно со мной болтать по-русски.

Мне жарко, но мне хорошо.
Тебе жарко, но мне хорошо.
Ему жарко, но мне хорошо.
Ей жарко, но мне хорошо.
Нам жарко, но мне хорошо.
Вам жарко, но мне хорошо.
Им жарко, но мне хорошо.

When I'm practicing typing, I'm using Google Translate so I can see I'm getting the words right. This next set are not correct in the translation. Sometimes I think that he definitions aren't accurate because the phrase isn't commonly translated. If I want to check if a phrase is "accurate", I'll often go to Twitter. Of course, you might run across some pretty personal tweets of love and loss if you check out some of these. But, they'll be real uses of the dative case.

Почему мне грустно?
Почему тебе грустно?
Почему ему грустно?
Почему ей грустно?
Почему нам грустно?
Почему вам грустно?
Почему им грустно?

Well, that is enough typing for today ... switching back to my language notebook.

the TV method

Kanji Keith discusses how he used TV shows to acquire languages. I don't see the point of not trying to study and learn the grammar and vocabulary, but I certainly watch a lot of foreign language TV shows on YouTube.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The Snow Queen - Снежная королева 1957 [English Subs]

Russian cartoon with English subtitles featuring Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen. Classic cartoon based on Hans Christian Andersen in Russian. Ханс Христиан Андерсен - Снежная королева.

Names of Beetles in Russian

Развитие речи ребенка: "Почему жука так назвали?"
The development of a child's speech: "Why so named beetle?"

Not sure I'd even want to know the names of this many beetles in English!

But, it is a short video with clear pronunciation of different names of types of beetles in Russian. Also, some of the beetle names like "жук-носорог" which means
"rhinoceros beetle" can help reinforce other vocabulary words. Sometimes we can increase our vocabulary faster when we're connecting new words with information that we already know. In the end, if you don't really like bugs all that much ... the pronunciation practice won't hurt you.

Sound and Letter Ф for Russian Preschoolers

Звук и буква Ф для дошкольников
The sound and the letter P for preschoolers

A simple video with a few vocabulary words with images that start with the Russian letter Ф.

фасоль - beans
фонарь - light
фламинго - flamingo
фиалки - violets
фиолетовый цвет - purple color
фургон - van or wagon
фея - fairy
феи - fairies or little people

How to Get More Out of Reviewing Chinese Characters with Skritter

I haven't tried the Skritter iPhone app for learning Chinese characters yet, because that isn't my language of focus right now. But I wanted to save that this video so I can find the app again. The basic idea behind their app is that you write the characters or kanji yourself to learn them. They have a version for Chinese and Japanese. They have an online version so you can test how their program works.

I found mention of Skritter at