PROGRAMME

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RUSSIAN FOR COMMUNICATION

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\\\\\\\My clients are people who need Russian first of all for “survival” – to communicate in everyday situations. They are duty-bound managers or  senior managers of international companies who have to spend months or even years in Russia. They are the wives who accompany their husbands on a long-term mission. Or they are people who stay in Russia long-term because they have found a partner here.

\\\\\\\Working with such clients I base my lessons on the dialog materials from the N.B. Karavonova’s manual “Survival Russian. A Course in Conversational Russian”. But as for vocabulary and grammar presentation, I do it according to my own methods. Those methods are the result of many years of practice in teaching Russian to foreigners. At the same time I give elements of Business Russian for those students who need it.

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\\\\\\\Why do I build my lessons this way? It’s because in the “Survival Russian” course, language material is systematized according to conversational needs, in contrast to the majority of other manuals where it’s done according to grammar topics. In other words, following the classical system, at first we would study the topic “Genders of nouns”, then “Possessive pronouns”, after that “Verbs in Present tense” etc. Surely all of these are necessary and very important. Unfortunately it takes you a pretty long time to understand how to use this necessary and important knowledge in your daily life. Instead I suggest my clients first study the topic “Greetings. Farewells”, then “Getting acquainted. Introductions”, then “About yourself”, after that “Using the phone” and so on. Of course working at these topics we study grammar – as far as we need it in such conversations. But in this case you remember grammar forms in definite phrases understanding when and why you could say it in your real life. Thus you can better feel the practical use of your classes.

\\\\\\\It’s possible to work this way starting just from zero. If a client is not acquainted with the Russian alphabet then the first 3 or 4 lessons should be dedicated to letters and practice in reading, and as soon as he becomes able to read, it’s time to turn to “Survival Russian”. On the other hand this manual also allows me to work with those clients who have studied Russian but don’t feel like speaking it in real life.

\\\\\\\Communicating in everyday situations is for many people the number one purpose. But some clients can have different goals, for instance to obtain an official certificate of their level in Russian. I have wide experience in training students for the tests at Elementary, Basic and First Certificate levels as well as experience of holding those tests. If you need such certificate for your job I can estimate your level in Russian and train you for an appropriate test.

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WORK BOOK ANNOTATION (more…)

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SURVIVAL RUSSIAN

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A Course in Conversational Russian

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  • Russian forms of address
    - how to greet and to say goodbye in formal and informal situations
  • Getting acquainted. Introductions
    - how to introduce yourself, your friend or colleague, and how to answer questions when getting acquainted
  • Profession
    - how to talk about your job (profession and place of employment) or study, and how to get this information from your interlocutor
  • Nationality
    - how to talk about your nationality, your native city, the place you are living now and places you have visited before, and how to ask your interlocutor about it
  • Language
    - how to talk about your native language and other languages you speak or have studied, and how to ask questions about it
  • About yourself
    - how to talk about your marital status, age, members of your family, and how to ask your interlocutor about his family and friends
  • Using the phone
    - how to recite telephone numbers,
    - how to call the person you need to the phone,
    - how you can be informed that the person you are calling is not there and when he will be available,
    - how to leave a message
  • Getting around the city
    - how to ask where something you need is located,
    - the way to ask how you can get to some certain place (on foot or by transport) and what explanations you can receive,
    - how to say the exact address you live or work and explain how to get there,
    - how to order a taxi, to talk to a taxi driver
    - how to orient oneself in the metro: questions and explanations (if relevant)
  • In a store
    - how to ask about an advisable place to buy something,
    - how to say to a seller or to your friend what you are looking for and ask his advice,
    - how to specify what you would like to buy (size, color, quality, amount etc.),
    - how to ask a seller to show you something,
    - how to say that you like it or take it,
    - how to talk about prices, ask about the sum of money you have to pay
  • The weather. The seasons. Favorite season of the year
    - how to ask or to explain what the weather is today,
    - how to understand or retell weather forecast,
    - how to tell about climate in different places,
    - how to tell about one’s favorite season
  • Health. How you feel
    - how to ask about somebody’s health,
    - ways to describe how you feel, what hurts,
    - how to talk about treatment,
    - how to wish your interlocutor to get well soon,
    - how to inform that you can’t be present somewhere because you are ill
  • My day
    - how to tell about your usual occupations,
    - how to tell about your plans or ask your interlocutor about his ones,
    - how to share where you were and what you did there
  • Free time. Invitations
    - how to ask an interlocutor about his pastimes and to tell him about yours,
    - how to invite your interlocutor to visit some place together and how to accept or refuse an invitation of his,
    - how to arrange about meeting
  • Hobbies. Interests
    - how to keep up the conversation about interests, preferences, passions (music, literature, sports, cooking etc.)
  • Holidays. Congratulations
    - how to congratulate your friend,
    - how to congratulate your colleague
  • Going to someone’s house
    - words when you enter someone’s house,
    - what to say giving (or receiving) a gift,
    - how to keep track when you sit down at the table (host’s invitation at the table, questions what to serve everyone, offer to help yourself to food or to taste something etc.)
    - how to keep up the conversation while having dinner at a house of your friend or your colleague, toasts,
    - words of farewell leaving from someone’s house

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