Russian Keys

Da or nyet?! Russian Language for Beginners

17 February 2020 Location: VICTORIA UNIVERSITY, Wellington Enrol now
Dr Olga Suvorova

Director, Russian Keys Limited

Overview: Russian is best learnt when both written and oral skills are taught together within the context of the Russian way of life. Russian culture is, therefore, an essential part of this eight-week beginners course designed to help you learn the basic language skills necessary for communicating in Russian.
Target audience: This course is for beginners and those with limited knowledge of Russia who wish to gain an introduction to its language and culture. It is suitable for anyone who:
is interested in Russia and the language and culture 
has a Russian-speaking partner or adopted children from Russia 
is planning to visit Russia or its neighbouring states where Russian is spoken.
is interested in international science, math, history, national security, foreign service, film and cultural studies, and the arts
would like to gain knowledge of the Russian culture and way of life and about New Zealand–Russia connections.
Learning objectives: By the end of the course, you will have:
acquired basic reading and writing skills in Russian
gained a basic understanding of Russian grammar (nouns – gender and some cases; verbs (present tense); adverbs; pronouns; numbers and adjectives)
learnt basic vocabulary and the linguistic and cultural competence to handle situations such as:
introducing themselves and their family and friends
expressing likes and/or dislikes and requesting things (in shops and restaurants)
visiting places (reading signs, staying at hotels, making enquiries)

Course outline:

Week 1: Introduction to the Russian language; the alphabet, stress and vowels; Diversity of the region (video and discussion)

Week 2: Basic reading and writing skills; basic geographic names; greetings and goodbyes; reading signs when travelling around Russia; the Russian language and cultural identity (video and discussion) 

Week 3: Nouns, gender; asking simple questions and making simple statements in Russian; Russian literature, music and art (video and discussion)

Week 4: Pronouns; introducing yourself and your family; “I” and “we” in Russian; Home and family in the Russian world (video and discussion)

Week 5: Verbs; present tense; how to express likes and dislikes (including hobbies, interests); how to request things (in shops and restaurants); “I have”. “Do you have”;

Week 6: Adverbs; numbers; finding your way around and asking for and understanding directions; asking about prices in shops; how to undertake business in modern Russia (video and discussion)

Week 7: Adjectives; colours; public holidays and months of the year; Russian hospitality; myths about vodka (the “Russian antifreeze”) (video and discussion)

Week 8: Summary and discussion; presentation of certificates of achievement.

Learning activities focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing Russian. To reinforce your learning homework is encouraged. There is no formal assessment.

There is a short break half-way through each session, and tea/coffee is provided. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Teacher: Olga Suvorova has a PhD in Cultural Studies from one of the leading international universities, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and a MA Hons in Linguistics. She is the Vice President of the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters.

Class limit: This course is limited to a maximum of 20 participants, so please enrol early. For further information: Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140. Phone 04 463 6556, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.