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☜♡☞ A Spoonful of Russian Podcast with Natalia ☜♡☞ Get a taste of the conversational Russian from a native Russian speaker and a linguist by education. Audio and video lessons, including poetry reading, vocabulary, common phrases, Russian holidays, and more. Video lessons take you step-by-step through the process of learning to write cursive in Russian! For all ages. Head on over to http://speakrussian.blogspot.com for more supplemental material.
SOR's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/spoonfulofrussian

A Spoonful of Russian - Learn Russian Online from Russian Tutor Natalia Worthington

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☜♡☞ A Spoonful of Russian Podcast with Natalia ☜♡☞ Get a taste of the conversational Russian from a native Russian speaker and a linguist by education. Audio and video lessons, including poetry reading, vocabulary, common phrases, Russian holidays, and more. Video lessons take you step-by-step through the process of learning to write cursive in Russian! For all ages. Head on over to http://speakrussian.blogspot.com for more supplemental material.
SOR's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/spoonfulofrussian

    Lesson 1 - Greeting

    Lesson 1 - Greeting

    Friends and family members greet each other with a simple "Привет". for those who want to 'Copy'+'Paste' : - Привет, Эмили. - Привет, мам. Use "Здравствуйте" with people you barely know, with much older folks (unless they are your relatives) or with government officials. - Здравствуйте, мисс Наталия. - Здравствуй, Эмили. Remember, "Practice makes perfect". Your e-mails with questions and comments are welcome. If you are brave enough, you can e-mail me an audio file with your greeting in Russian. I'll play it on the next show.

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    Mother-Daughter Duet (Опять Метель)

    Mother-Daughter Duet (Опять Метель)

    Just to change the pace a little, my daughter Emily and I are trying our hand at covering one of the most popular contemporary Russian songs originally performed by Alla Pugacheva and her daughter Kristina. Those two don't need introduction.

    a Spoonful of Russian 032

    a Spoonful of Russian 032

    Today I fill a request of one of my Podcast listeners/ YouTube subscribers by reciting a short poem written by one of Russia's greatest talents - Anna Akhmatova. Лотова Жена - Анна Ахматова (Lot's Wife - Anna Akhmatova). To view the text: http://youtu.be/2fEWD9bqAWk

    a Spoonful of Russian 031

    a Spoonful of Russian 031

    The video that goes with this episode can be found on my YouTube channel: Episode 031 Toasting is a huge thing in Russia. Has been for ages. A full glass must be drunk to the bottom after every toast, because “a toast without wine is like a wedding without a bride!” A traditional Russian drinking party usually includes a sequence of several standard toasts. You can refresh them by watching my Most Common Russian Drinking Toasts/Phrases video. The most common first toast is... To our meeting! За встречу! [za FSTRYE-tchoo] … sort of an ice-breaker toast:) Another good opener toast is… To our health! Будем здоровы! [BOO-dem zda-RO-vy] The toasts that follow largely depend on the occasion that brought the people together. At a birthday party, the first toast (with wishes of health, success and a long life) is usually to the birthday guy or lady. The second toast is to their parents as a sign of honor. At a wedding, the first toast is “To the health of the newlyweds.” After that, the guests shout "Горько!"(Gorko!) often and loudly, all through the banquet. “Gorko” literally means "bitter” in Russian, implying the bitterness the wine being drunk. By yelling that the wine is bitter, the guests are inviting the newlyweds to make it sweeter by giving each other a sweet long kiss. As the bride and groom kiss, the guests count the seconds: “Один! Два! Три! Четыре! Пять! ... One, two, three, four, five..." until the kiss is over, whereupon they raise their glasses in a toast. At a funeral banquet, the first part of the toast is usually an uplifting or touching story about the dearly departed; it is concluded with the words Пусть земля ему/ей будет пухом! Вечная память! (Let the ground in which he/she rests be like goose down. Eternal memory to (him/her). When people in Russia drink to the dead it is customary not to clink glasses. Without a doubt towards the middle of the party someone usually proposes a toast “За женщин”! “To beautiful ladies!” or “To the ladies present here!" At this point someone else usually says that real men stand up when they drink a toast to beautiful ladies, and they drink to the bottom. All the gentlemen present promptly comply. The last toast, “На посошок!” / “Na pososhok", is usually pronounced when the guests are about to leave. In olden days, travelers used a walking stick, called posokh or, diminutively, pososhok in Russian, during long journeys. A toast to the walking stick, therefore, is meant to make sure that the return journey is safe. Learn some Russian today!

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    Lesson 25 - Russian Accented Vowels

    Lesson 25 - Russian Accented Vowels

    Russian accented vowels sound much richer and fuller than their English equivalents. That is because Russian is spoken much more vigorously than is English - there is greater muscular tension throughout the organs used in speech production.

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    Lesson 26 - Consonants [p][b] and [n][t][d]

    Lesson 26 - Consonants [p][b] and [n][t][d]

    Lesson on bilabial stop consonants [p] [b] and dental consonants [n] [t] [d] 1. Greeting by a subscriber (Thank you, Jeanette, and Happy Birthday!) - Спасибо! С днём рождения! 2. Recommendation of recording apps - Voice Record Pro (for iOS) - Hi-Q mp3 Voice Recorder (for Android) Another way - Google voice 209-980-RUSS (209-980-7877) BIG thanks to all who show their support by: - purchasing authentic Russian food at Russiantable.com also via a banner 3. Lesson - bilabial stop consonants [p] [b] and dental consonants [n] [t] [d] Twitter @russianspoonful Email:  spoonfulofrussian@gmail.com Website: speakrussian.blogspot.com You can also leave a voicemail by dialing 209-980-RUSS (209-980-7877) and I will play your recording on the air and will try my best to answer p.s. my apologies again for the sub-par sound. IPad's mic produces uneven sound even with a slight deviation from it. Can't wait till I get a Mac! p.p.s. I also appreciate your rating of the podcast in iTunes:) To all my Russian friends: "С Днём Победы!"

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