Russian Keys

Russian Beginner Level

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The Russian Language and Culture Course Beginner Level is designed for those who would like to start learning Russian language and culture or already have some basic but inconsistent knowledge of Russia and Russian language.

The course’s 50 units contain Russian language activities and tests, pronunciation practice, detailed grammatical help, reading practice, language learning techniques and cultural information, including video material. Each unit is envisaged as a 1 hour Russian language and culture session online (worldwide) or face-to-face (if in New Zealand), one-to-one or in a small group with the certified Russian tutor.

A unit consists of 3 subunits (Grammar, Vocabulary and Speech Practice, Intercultural Communication).By the end of this course the learner will have acquired the following knowledge:

Grammar. Introduction to the Russian Language. The alphabet. Stress and vowels. Basic reading and writing skills. Noun. Gender. Pronouns. The Russian verb. Verbs type 1 and 2. The present tense. The accusative singular of nouns. The accusative singular of pronouns. Imperatives. The plural of nouns in the nominative and accusative. Nouns in the genitive (singular). Adverbs. The genitive plural of nouns. Animate nouns in the accusative plural. Нет + the genitive (there is no, there are no). Numbers. The case of nouns after numbers. Ordinal numbers. Reflexive verbs. The nominative of possessives. The nominative of adjectives.

Vocabulary and Speech Practice. Basic geographic names. Greetings. Asking simple questions. First dialogues in Russian. Making simple statements. This is. That is. Who is that? Introducing yourself and your family. Expressing likes/dislikes. Requesting things. At the restaurant. Signs. Finding your way around. Asking and understanding directions. At the shop. Asking the time. What’s on. Planning your week. Meeting people. Russian first names and patronymics. Familiar forms of first names. Russian surnames. Job titles.

Intercultural Communication. Russia – diversity of the region. The Russian language and cultural identity. I and We in Russian and English. Ty and Vy in Russian. The mysterious Russian Soul. Russian history – milestones. Prominent Russians. Russian folklore and the Russian mentality – national songs, fairy tales, saying, proverbs. Russian superstitions. Foreigners in Russia. Russians abroad. Of Russian origin. Home and Family in the Russian world. Nature in Russian life. The Russian province and Russian village.

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