Lesson 1 Урок первый. What we will learn today: Russian alphabet Pronunciation: consonants Pronunciation: vowels Reading and stressed vowels The number of nouns The gender of nouns Russian greetings Days of the week More words for scheduling and planning DO’s and DON’Ts in Russia.
Как тебя зовут?
What’s your name? (informal)
Как Вас зовут?
What’s your name? (formal, polite)
Kak vas zovut?
My name is…
What day is it today?
1. JUST DON'T SPILL SALT...there is no recovery.
2. Never buy an even number of flowers...and especially not yellow unless your relationship is over.
3. Red flowers are only for someone you really like..otherwise you could send the wrong message.
4. DO NOT go back to the house to get something you forgot...its bad luck...and you can recover if you look in the rear view mirror, but be careful because if there are other people with you they may not like it because you could bring bad luck on them too!
5. DO NOT do any bodily function out loud in public or at home (unless you are alone!) (i.e. burping, sneezing too loud, blowing your nose, etc.)
6. DO NOT buy a woman anything for an unborn child...this is also bad luck...
7. Do NOT drink the water...
8. DO come prepared to bring a gift to the host family and if going to visit a friend of the family...bring a gift also (e.g. bread, cake, alcohol (of course), flowers (pay attention again to bullet number 3)
9. DO NOT wear street shoes inside...there are special slippers for this...and when going out to parties at another's home...if you don't have a pair of house slippers some will be provided for you (usually)
10. DO eat caviar if the family offers...(they went to great pains to get it and want to treat you well)
11. DO drink vodka with your meal...it is expected (unless of course you have allergies to vodka and could die or become sick from it...then kindly explain that you might catch your death and they'll let you off the hook)