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There are 3 consonants in Russian that always sound hard:
 
Ж, Ш, Ц
 
These three letters, even when followered by the soft vowel or the soft sign, remain hard.
Listen to the following words usign Google Transate:
 
ЖЕНА   МЫШЬ   ЖЮРИ  ШИШКА  ЦИРК   ШЁЛК
 
Category: Blog | Views: 1852 | Added by: RSBS | Date: 2012-08-15 | Comments (0)

These two letters are silent. They don’t make any sound by themselves.
ъ - hard sign
ь - soft sign
First of all, both of those signs work as separation signs. In order to understand the difference you should listen to the following words, using Google Translate:
сел        лёд
съел      льёт
 
In addition to the separation job soft sign does something else – it softens the previous consonant:
мол     тонко
моль    Тонька
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Загадка:
Ты берешь в долг у мамы 25 рублей, и у папы 25, всего у тебя 50 рублей.
Идешь в магазин и тратишь там ровно 45руб.
По дороге домой ты даешь в долг подружке 3 рубля (ей не хватало на что то).
У тебя остается 2 рубля.
Ты приходишь домой, отдаешь долг маме- рубль и папе - рубль.
Теперь ты должна им по 24руб.
Итог: 24 + 24 равно 48, и 3 рубля тебе отдает подружка,получается 51.
Вопрос - откуда взялся рубль если у тебя было 50???
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       In Russian textbooks each word has an accent mark, because the accent affects pronunciation.
You won’t see any stress marks in regular books. But for the learning purpose knowing where the word stress falls is extremely important.
       For example: There are 3 letters О in the word ‘молоко’, and only one of them (the last one) is pronounced like in the alphabet. The first two are pronounced like a, because they are unstressed. Generally speaking Russians don’t care about unstressed syllables and they pronounce them casually. If you do the same you will get the correct pronunciation without thinking too much.
       It is similar to English, particularly American English, when you hear: I gonna ... Read more »
Category: Blog | Views: 2249 | Added by: RSBS | Date: 2012-07-23 | Comments (2)

The Mystery of Women


       Einstein once said: "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."
       I think women are a motive for the thousands pieces of art and are the truly mysterious themselves. That is what makes them so exciting. For over 500 years, people have debated what the Mona Lisa is smiling about. Some have even given up the debate, concluding that the Mona Lisa was actually a painting that Leonardo Da Vinci did of himself. Wouldn't that be a great trick? Regardless of why the Mona Lisa is smiling, her image still captivates people around the world. 

       In Berlin's Museum of Egyptian Art I discovered a beauty that I had known about but never seen. As I walked through the museum, I encountered many objects of cultural and historical significance. While al ... Read more »
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Is Russian a phonetic language?
To a certain degree yes. Or, may be, it’s better to say that Russian is almost phonetic, because you pronounce all of the letters in the word.
The word ‘молоко– 6 letters, 6 sounds.
Therefore, if you know pronunciation rules, you can read any Russian word.
 
It’s not like in English.
For example in the word ‘thought there are 7 letters and only 3 sounds.
 
When Russians learn English, they learn words together with transcription (pronunciation)
 
There are some exceptions though: in the word ‘здравствуйте the middle ‘в’ is not pronounced.
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Are there many masculine nouns with feminine endings?
Not many, but there are some masculine nouns that are used a lot:
 
мужчина, папа, дедушка
 
 Almost all of Russian male names have feminine endings in their short version:
 
Александр - Саша
Михаил -      Миша
Григорий -   Гриша
Николай -    Коля
 
 How are masculine nouns with feminine endings declined?
They are declined like feminine nouns according to their endings.
 
В комнате нет папы (Genitive) = Dad is not is not in the room.
Женщина разговаривает с мужчиной (Instrumental) = A woman is talkin ... Read more »
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 Studying is healthy. So leave it for the sick.
 
 Books are holy. So don't touch them.
 
 Teacher: Why did the frog say meow?
 Pupil: He is learning a foreign language.
 
 
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    I think that Saint Petersburg is one of the most interesting and inviting cities in the world. At 300 years old, it may not be as old as Paris or Rome, but it has a rich history as the capital of Tsarist Russia, City of the October Revolution and survived 900 days of Nazi attacks as the Blockade City.
    This city’s foundation is built on the bones of thousands of workers transforming swamp land into a collection of beautiful old world buildings and palaces. Many famous Italian and French artists and architects spent most of the 18th century turning Saint Petersburg into a city of classical beauty.
    Today, Saint Petersburg is known as a capital of Russian Culture, and was Western society’s first window into old world Russia. Travelers flock to the city sometimes called "North Venice” because it is located on more than 100 islands and has hundreds of exciting artis ... Read more »
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Why the English Language is Hard to Learn
(How did we ever learn it?)
 
  •  The farm was used to produce produce.

  •  The bandage was wound around the wound.

  • The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

  • He could lead if he would get the lead out.

  • The soldier decided to desert in the desert.

  • Since there is no time like present, he thought it was time to present the present.

  •  A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

  • We must polish the Polish furniture.

  • When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

  • I did not objet to the object.

  • The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

  • I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

  • There was a row among the oarsmen about how to ... Read more »

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      Learning a language is a long journey.
The students always ask me how to make the process of learning Russian quicker, what are the special techniques? There are different techniques that you can apply when studying, but the most important thing is to be involved in the learning process as much as possible.
     There is a great Chinese proverb: Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand. When you are involved into something all your human senses are working: hearing, vision, feeling, touch, smell, tasting, etc.
     People have different learning styles: some are visual learners, who prefer using images, some are logical – they need structure and rules, some are social – they learn better in groups or with other people. Try to find what works for you. May be it is not one thing – usually sever ... Read more »
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Чеховский "Медведь", написанный больше 100 лет назад, в 1988, году всегда имел успех у публики. Характеры героев прописаны с любовью и с мягким юмором.
Хорош "нестарый помещик" Григорий Смирнов, простодушный и мужественный. Великолепна "вдовушка с ямочками на щеках" Елена Ивановна Попова. С каким блеском проводит она она свою партию извечного поединка между мужчиной и женщиной. Конечно, она побеждает. Побеждает благодаря своим чарам-обаянию, интуиции и кокетству. И Смирнов счастлив быть побежденным такой женщиной.
Так, может быть, никакой борьбы и не было, а просто встретились двое уставших от одиночества людей? Как поется в песне: "просто встретились два одиночества?"
Интересно, что в Луке, лакее Поповой ничего лакейского нет, скорее Лука- член семьи, обожающий свою барыню. Зде ... Read more »
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