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Russian For Diplomats

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With its wide variety of peoples and cultures and long history as a leading international player, Russia is an ideal country in which to practice diplomacy to the highest professional standards.

Our Russian Language and Culture Course for Diplomats is designed for diplomatic representatives who will be working in Russia and other countries where Russian is widely used and spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on Russian culture and mentality, diplomatic and business vocabulary, and the legacy of history on traditions, thought patterns and attitudes in these professional areas.

The course’s 150 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. Что-то, что-нибудь. To eat and to give – irregular verbs. Этот,  тот. Согласен.  Который.  Common gender nouns in –а ли. Друг друга. How often? Double negatives. Себя. Свой. The conditional. Conjunctions.

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. At the reception. Visiting someone at home. Inviting someone to your house. Accept/decline hospitality. Personal information. Regions, provinces and nationalities. Documents. Russian visa application form. Talk about future plans. Public holidays. The months. Давайте – to make suggestions. To be able to. To know how to. Public transport. Excursions. Talk about past experiences. The seasons. Giving the date. Eating out. Hidden language barriers including “false friends” (Russian – English). Talk about past and future experiences. The business meeting. Business language. Writing a business letter. Writing a personal letter. Health. Parts of the body. Describing health complaints. Understanding advice. Speaking Russian on the phone.

Intercultural Communication. Russia – diversity of the regions and provinces. 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, sayings, 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. 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. Colours in Russian culture. What do Russians eat and drink? Russian hospitality. Russian cuisine and traditional dishes.Traditions of university education in Russia. Russians on holiday. Travelling around Russia. Tourism in Russia. Hotel etiquette. Tips for foreigners. Russian literature and main poets/writers. Russian theatre. Russian music and leading musicians. The Russian ballet. Russian art and leading artists. Russian media (main TV channels, newspapers, the 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. Non-verbal language in Russia. Sports in Russia. The Winter Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi.

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