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Russian For Businesspeople

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Doing business successfully in Russia and with Russians almost always requires an understanding of the language and culture, and of the expectations and ethics of business. Russia is an extremely interesting and also challenging political economy which is continuing to undergo rapid change and adaptation to the globalised economy.

We can help you to make that all-important excellent first impression. Our Russian Language and Culture Course for Businesspeople is designed for business people who are planning to work in the Russian-speaking environment and/or with Russian partners and customers.

The course’s 100 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 a 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. Prepositional singular of nouns. Prepositions taking the prepositional. Prepositional singular of adjectives. Prepositions of possessives. The prepositional of pronouns. Comparatives. Superlatives. Imperfective and perfective verbs. The perfective future. Adjective short forms. The verb быть to be. The imperfective future. The dative case. The dative singular of nouns. The dative of pronouns. Invariable modal forms. Impersonal construction with the dative. The instrumental case. The instrumental singular of nouns. The instrumental singular of pronouns. The dative, instrumental and prepositional plural of nouns. The dative, instrumental and prepositional plural of adjectives. The dative, instrumental and prepositional plural of possessives. The past tense: the perfective and imperfective past. Было + the dative. The accusative and genitive of adjectives. The accusative and genitive of possessives. Adjectives after numbers. The dative and instrumental singular of adjectives.The dative and instrumental singular of possessives.

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. Signs. Finding your way around. Asking and understanding directions. 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. Accept/decline hospitality. Personal information. Counties and nationalities. Talk about future plans. Public holidays. The months. Давайте – to make suggestions. To be able to. To know how to. Talk about past experiences. Giving the date. Eating out. Business meeting. Business language. Writing a business letter. Writing a personal letter.

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 Russian attitude towards wealth and money. The Russian attitude towards time. Religion and everyday life in Russia. How and when to use first names and patronymics in Russia. Russian hospitality. Russian cuisine and traditional dishes.Russian media (main TV channels, newspapers, Internet). The Russian sense of humour and attitude towards the smile. Russian jokes and toasts. Famous quotes about Russia. The Russian attitude towards foreigners. Cultural clashes. Russian business culture and knowledge. Negotiations - working through a Russian interpreter. What to say and what not to say: non-verbal language in Russia.

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