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Introductory lesson: Русский алфавит

Урок 1: Как вас зовут?


Introducing people

Asking yes-or-no questions

Describing people with adjectives of nationality and quality

Asking someone’s name

Inquiring about someone’s profession

Greeting people


Russian first names and last names


Formal and informal address

Professions and gender

Introduction to famous Russians

Addressing teachers

Урок 2: Вы говорите по-русски?

Урок 3: Что у вас есть?


Russian language periodicals

Russian cars

Borzoi – the Russian greyhound


Gender of nouns

Adjective agreement

Что это? versus Что такое?

Possessive pronouns

Verbs думать and знать

Dependent clauses

Equivalents of the verb to have: у меня есть

Omission of есть

Accusative case: preview

Урок 4: Где здесь почта?



St. Petersburg

Russian housing

Inside an apartment


Personal pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns этот and тот

Verbs находиться, называться, and звать (зовут)

Prepositional case of singular nouns

Nominative plural of nouns

Nominative plural of adjectives

Plural of possessive and demonstrative pronouns

Урок 5: Где вы живёте?


Describing your country

Expressing location

Making comparisons

Telling where you live and used to live


Physical and political geography of Russia, former USSR republics, and Europe

St. Petersburg



Prepositional case of nouns (with в, на, and о)

Comparative of adjectives

Superlative of adjectives

Prepositional case of adjectives: в каком / в какой

Nouns with numerals (год, года, лет)

Time expressions: давно, сколько лет, всю жизнь

Past tense of verbs: introduction

Урок 6: Вы работаете или учитесь?


Talking about working and going to school

Filling out applications

Talking about work and study schedules


Professions: Prestige and gender



Урок 7: Что вы делаете каждый день?


Telling time

Discussing mealtimes

Talking about daily activities

Saying where you are going

Expressing frequency of actions


Moscow time

Time zones

Russian mealtimes

Household chores


Time expressions: hours and the nouns время and час

Verbs завтракать, обедать, and ужинать

Time expressions: At what time

Reflexive verbs

Conjugation of verbs

Accusative case: inanimate nouns

Expressing direction: в/на + accusative

Time expressions: frequency of actions

Verbs of motion: идти versus ходить



Урок 8: Вы любите классическую музыку?


Russian team names

The role of hockey in Russia

Famous athletes

Traditional Russian folk music

Famous composers


Урок 9: Что вы любите делать в свободное время?


Talking about the seasons

Talking about free-time activities

Discussing past activities

Telling about your vacation


Picking berries and mushrooms

Swimming in the winter

Where Russians spend their vacation

Russian souvenirs


Syntax: the noun время and the seasons

Time expressions: seasons

Verb + verb constructions: я люблю/умею плавать

Impersonal constructions: можно

Past tense of verbs

Verbs of motion: ходил and ездил



Time expressions: How long (две недели) and How long ago (два года назад)

Relative pronoun который

Урок 10: Где вы учитесь?


Talking about places to study

Talking about college-level studies

Talking about languages

Talking about admission procedures, teachers, and course work

Discussing student accommodations

Discussing secondary education


Education in Russia

Colleges and divisions

Majors and year levels

Getting into a university

Different kinds of exams

Russian grading system

Good-luck wishes


Secondary education


Prepositional case: review

Ordinal numbers

Изучать vs. учиться and заниматься

Nouns with parallel modifiers

Русский язык versus по-русски

The genitive case (singular): nouns, adjectives, and possessive and demonstrative pronouns

Substantivized adjectives

Урок 11: Где можно купить икру?


Talking about eating and drinking

Counting money

Talking about things you have and do not have

Comparing quantities and measurements

Comparing prices

Shopping for food


Russian food stores

Russians and money

Metric system

Russian caviar


Verbs есть, пить, продавать, and купить

Genitive case:

With numerals

To express possession: у Ивана есть/был

With negatives: у нас нет/не было

To express absence: Ивана нет дома

With quantity and measurement: бутылка молока, 200 г колбасы, сколько, много, мало, больше, меньше


Accusative versus nominative

Дорогой/дорого and дешёвый/дёшево


Урок 12: Что мы будем делать в субботу?


Describing past activities

Describing future activities

Talking about TV and movie schedules

Making invitations

Talking on the telephone

Going to the theater


Telephone etiquette

Урок 13: Что ей подарить?


Buying presents

Asking for advice and making decisions

Discussing likes and dislikes

Planning for parties and making invitations

Discussing ages and dates of birth

Talking about holidays

Expressing congratulations and wishes


Giving gifts

Birthday parties

Visiting Russian homes

Russian holidays

Julian and Gregorian calendars


Dative case: overview: usage

Dative case: overview: forms

Verbs подарить and дать

The possessive pronoun свой

Dative case: personal pronouns; singular and plural of nouns, adjectives, and possessive and demonstrative pronouns

Verbs помогать, предлагать, and советовать

The verb нравиться

The preposition к

Age expressions

Verbs родиться and умереть

Time expressions: days, months, and years

Урок 14: Какая завтра будет погода?


Talking about the weather

The Russian view of nature

Discussing weather-related activities


The climate of Russia

Nature and the seasons

The White Nights

“Уж небо осенью дышало”

Climatic zones and animals

Урок 15: Куда вы поедете летом?


Making travel plans

Packing your suitcase

Discussing modes of transportation and travel routes

Arriving at your destination

Making requests


The resort of Sochi

Transportation in Russia

Hotels and dormitories

The writer Anton Chekhov

Урок 16: Где мы будем обедать?


Talking about food

Table manners and setting the table

Deciding where to eat and drink

Making reservations

Ordering food


Typical Russian ingredients and dishes

Recipes for salads

How food is served

Home entertainment

At the restaurant


Урок 17: Какие у вас планы на будущее?


Talking about your plans and interests

Discussing love and marriage

Discussing family plans


Typical professions

Wedding ceremonies and traditions

Birth of a child

Popular names

Урок 18: Как вы себя чувствуете?


Describing your physical appearance

Complaining about your health

Making health recommendations

Expressing feelings and empathy

Going to the doctor


Health care in Russia

Folk medicine

The Russian bathhouse – баня