Wait just a minute. Before you get into this post, tell me- как прошёл твой день?
If today has been a rather long day for you, here’s an idea:
On to the post!
- A quick breakdown of what’s been happening in Russia this week: 5 FAQS About Anti-corruption Protests in Russia.
- 4 minutes of #RussiaTravelGoals!
- Have you checked out Duolingo’s new Tiny Cards for Russian?
- 16 pages of прикольные тосты… and I read through all of them. Here are two favorites-
#1. (С подъемом и громко, обращаясь к гостям)
Я хочу выпить…
(Значительно тише, грустнее и как бы к самому себе)
Вот в общем-то и все, что я хочу.
#2. Давайте выпьем за то,
чтобы поздней ночью мы шли по улице
и на нас напали деньги!
Но мы не смогли бы от них отбиться!
- Is it weird that I’m kind of fascinated by Голые мужики в Крыму? (This safer for work than it sounds, I promise!)
- A good 2015 article on traveling by плацкарт and why it may not be around much longer. Also, а купе vs плацкарт cartoon.
3.17 Progress Report
It was a pretty good month! I had 4 small translation projects and did most of the things on my study plan.
- Learn Russian Prefixes. Ohhhhh, my brain!! This video covered the verb ставить… and, uh, just a few prefix forms: расставить, поставить, составить, вставить, обставить, наставить, оставить, отставить, переставить, подставить, выставить, and доставить. It’s a cruel, cruel video. I watched it twice. The second time I acted out her instructions with a stack of shot glasses. It really helped the verbs sink in (and it made my husband crack up.)
- Russian Ship Naming Conventions is a short read on Wikipedia. I’d never stopped to think about what the K in all those submarine names meant. Do you know?
- Verb Aspects in Russian with Anna and Спросить и Попросить were both so cool that they got their own blog post a few weeks back. (Сейчас и Теперь is also very useful!)
- My Crazy 5 AM Language Learning Routine. Because, inspiration. (But what’s more crazy is going to bed at 9:30 PM. Whoa.)
- First published by the US War Department in 1945, the Dictionary of Spoken Russian/English-Russian is now online for your language learning fun. 😉 I finally made it though A!
- I started the Живая земля course and IT IS COOL. This guy talking about catastrophic events? Count me in!!
- My husband read the book a few years ago and loved it, so I tracked down the movie «Поколение „П“» with English subs. I don’t know, you guys. It’s about a 90s man who works in advertising and does drugs. A lot of them. Of course, being Russian, there are a bajillion philosophical layers to the film. Here’s a clip of the main character talking to God, promising to hook up the Almighty with a hip TV spot. Here’s the text of an ad for The Gap in the movie: “Russia was always notorious for the gap between culture and civilization. Now there is no more culture. No more civilization. The only thing that remains is The Gap. The way they see you.” We haven’t finished the film yet.
- Do 2 minutes a day on ANKI. Ha. More like 0 minutes a day. On the other hand, I have been spending about 1 hour a day using my phone for Russian. More on that later.
- I’ve abandoned the Русский как иностранный course. Still planning to finish Russian Step by Step: Verbs of Motion.
4.17 Study Plan
What are your language goals for April 2017?