When do Russians say просто так

FIRST YEAR RUSSIAN-RUS 101, 102, 103/150, 151

at Portland Community College, Sylvania
Web page created and maintained by Kristine Shmakov

Russian Internet Links
This web page was created to provide supplemental web-links for each chapter of our textbook Welcome.  You'll also find links for the language lab activities we will be doing during class. I hope you have as much fun using them, as I did finding them. If you are not a PCC student and are interested in purchasing this textbook, please contact me at: [email protected]

The alphabet chapter
-Listen to the audio recording of this chapter to work on pronunciation. Page numbers correspond to an old edition of the book, but material is the same.

Sounds of the letters:
-Listen to the alphabet being read in order.

-Watch a video on the sounds of the Russian alphabet.
-Hear the all the letters of the alphabet pronounced.
-Watch this alphabet video featuring Russian cultural things that begin with each letter.
-Another video with sounds of letters. Also features Russian words that start with each letter.
-Keep practicing and maybe your pronunciation will be a good as this little Russian girl!

Learn the alphabet:
-Flashcards for practicing the sounds of the alphabet. Click on "Study" to begin.
-This Russian kids' game at Солнышко features the pronunciation of each letter. (Press the space bar to hear each letter.)
-See how well you know the sounds of each letter with this game.
-Watch the Russian "Sesame Street" alphabet song again and again until you can sing it yourself!

Writing practice:
-These videos shows how each cursive letter is formed. Part II.

Reading practice:
-Practice Russian cognates for names, countries, and other words.
-Sick of reading cognates? Try these childrens' reading games with three letter, four letter and five letter
     Russian words. (Press the space bar to hear each word.)
-Here's a video featuring Russian street sign cognates.

Classroom expressions:
-Flashcards for classroom expressions. To use them, click on the study option on the left.

Cultural stuff:
-Read all about the history of the Cyrillic alphabet at Wikipedia.
-For those of you who know American Sign Language, you might find it interesting to see the Russian
     alphabet in Russian Sign Language.
-Read some basic information about Russian geography and culture.

Chapter 1
-Listen to the audio recording of this chapter to work on pronunciation. Page numbers correspond to an old edition of the book, but material is the same.

-Flashcards for greetings vocabulary.
-Flashcards for basic expressions.
-Are these greetings formal or informal? Practice with this exercise.
-Oral drill on greeting people.
-Practice greeting vocabulary withthis exercise by George Mitrevski.
-Fill in this formal dialogue with the correct vocabulary.
-Fill in this informal dialogue with the correct vocabulary.
-Here's a site with pronunciation practice for the greetings.
-Listen to some conversations with introductions from "Beginner's Russian."
-Watch a claymation video on making introductions from “Time to Speak Russian.”
-Watch a claymation video on passport control at airport from “Time to Speak Russian.”

Russian name system:
-Practice matching Russian name with their diminutive form with this exercise by George Mitrevski.
-Another name matching exercise.
-Find out the real names of some famous starson this site.
-Here's a site that lists diminutive names and the formal names they are derived from.
-Learn more Russian names at this website.

Pronunciation and intonation:
-Pronunciation practice on greetings from "Golosa." Dialogue 3.

Songs featuring greetings:
-Here's the video of "Последний герой", the Kino song we listened to in class.
-Here's the Soviet band Secret's song "Привет".
-If punk is more your style, here's Амели's song "Алло, привет!"
-Here's a song by Чиж и Co. called "Доброе утро."
-Юля Савичевa asks "Как твои дела?"
-Zemfira is hugely popular right now in Russian. Here's her song "До свидания".
-If you like pop music, here's Katya Lel' hit song До свидания, милый.
-Alla Pugacheva is the Russian Cher. She was very popular during the 70's and 80's and is still very popular
     with the older crowd.  Here's her song "До свидания, лето."

Cultural stuff:
-Read more about the life of Aleksandr Pushkin, Russia's greatest writer.
-Read more of Pushkin's poems in translation. Unfortunately, they lose so much in translation, but until you can read the
     originals, it's better than nothing!
-Read more about the legendary Soviet/Russian rock band Kino.

Links for homework assignments:
Watch the video interview Как вас зовут? from the Troika textbook as part of your homework.

Chapter 2
-Listen to the audio recording of this chapter to work on pronunciation. Page numbers correspond to an old edition of the book, but material is the same.

Numbers 1-10:
-Can you count to ten?
-Pronunciation practice with numbers 1-10  and 11-20 from "Beginner's Russian."
-Play this Russian game to hear the numbers 1-10 said.
-Watch a very cute toddler count to five.

Numbers 10-100:
-Pronunciation practice with numbers.
-Pronunciation practice from 20-50 and 60-99 from "Beginner's Russian."
-Flashcards for numbers 1-100.
-Practice identifying numbers 20-100 with two exercises.
-More number practice with these these exercises. Exercise 1, exercise 2.
-Do these listening comprehension exercises with numbers from “Time to Speak Russian.” Exercise 1, Exercise 2.
-After listening to Akvarium's song "212-85-06," you'll always remember how to say these numbers!

-Flashcards for nationalities.
-Based on where these people live, what is their nationality?
-Here's an exercise with nationality vocabulary from by George Mitrevski. 
-Flashcards for countries.
-Here's a series of exercises for practicing nationality forms. Exercise 1, exercise 2, exercise 3, exercise 4,
-Fill in this dialogue about nationality.
-Do another exercise on nationalities from “Time to Speak Russian.”
-Oral drill on nationalities from "Golosa."
-Oral drill on nationalities from "Troika".

Classroom vocabulary and gender of nouns:
-Flashcards for classroom vocabulary.
-Practice negation with this exercise from George Mitrevski.
-What is the gender of these words?
-Do these three exercises by George Mitrevski to practice gender of nouns. Exercise 1, Exercise 2, Exercise 3. 
-Do this exercise on gender of nouns from “Time to Speak Russian.”
-Oral drill on gender of nouns from "Golosa."
-Watch a claymation video that uses gender of nouns from “Time to Speak Russian.”

Pronunciation and intonation:
-Oral drills on intonation patterns from "Golosa."
-Pronunciation practice on letter "o" from "Golosa."
-Pronunciation practice on letter "e" from "Golosa."
-Pronunciation practice on numbers 50-199 from "Golosa."

Listening comprehension links from homework book:
Beginner's Russian 2-12 listening track for HW ex. 9.

Chapter 3
-Listen to the audio recording of this chapter to work on pronunciation.
Page numbers correspond to an old edition of the book, but material is the same.

Places in the city vocabulary:
-Flashcards for places in the city vocabulary.
-Pronunciation practice with some of the city vocabulary from "Beginner's Russian."
-Here's a video to help you learn some places in the city.
-Learn some places in town by doing this matching exercise.
-Play a concentration game with places vocabulary.
-Watch the video Наш микрорайон from the textbook Nachalo about a neighborhood tour.

Stating location using the prepositional case:
-Pronunciation exercise on stating location from "Troika".
-State where these cities are located using the prepositional case.
-Maria is all over the place. State where she is using the prepositional case.
-Practice the prepositional case endings for cities using this exercise by George Mitrevski. (живу means "I live")
-Practice the prepositional case for stating location with this exercise by George Mitrevski.
-More practice with the prepositional case on "Beginner's Russian."
-Oral drills on stating location from "Golosa" and "Troika." Drill 3,
-Here's a video that practices using the prepositional case to state location.

Professions vocabulary:
-Flashcards for professions vocabulary.
-What job openings are there in Moscow. Find out on this Russian employment website. Click on the tab that says, "Каталог вакансий" then when the next window comes up, click on the button that says, "naiti" at the right. A list of vacancies will appear at the bottom of the page.

Pluralizing nouns:
-Flashcards for pluralization rules and irregular plurals.
-Pronunciation exercise on plural nouns from "Troika."
-Pluralize these nouns.
-Practice forming the plural of nouns using these two exercises by George Mitrevski. Exercise 1, Exercise 2.
-Need some more practice with pluralizing nouns? (by Sasha Kulikova)
-Oral drills on pluralizing nouns from "Troika" and "Golosa."

Type I verbs:
-Flashcards for personal pronouns.
-Match the pronouns to the verb forms.
-Flashcards for Type I verbs "to work," "to know," "to understand."
-Practice conjugating the verbs работать, знать, понимать.
-Exercise with pronunciation for the verbs "to know" and "to work."
-Fill in this dialogue with the correct words.
-Oral drill with работать from "Golosa."
-Oral drill with знать from "Golosa."
-Oral drill with понимать from "Golosa."

Songs, videos:
-Listen to the pop song "Я знаю" by Свинцовый туман.
-Just listening to Секрет's song "Она не понимает" may make you glad that you don't yet understand too well! Can you believe these guys were all the rage in 1983? Shows what happens when the Communists ban real rock music.
-Akvarium's rock anthem Рок-н-рол мёртв has lots of personal pronouns in it. Here's a live version of the song.

Cultural stuff:
-Learn about the history of St. Petersburg  and take a virtual tour of the city. 
-Panoramicvirtual tour of St. Petersburg.
-Pictures of St. Petersburg.
-See more pictures of St. Petersburg in this video.
-Listen to DDT's ode to St. Petersburg, "Ленинград."
-Read a translation of Pushkin's "The Bronze Horseman."
-Watch this video about St. Petersburg from ch. 5 of "Troika."

Listening comprehension links from homework book:
Beginner's Russian 2-17 listening track for HW p. 40 ex. 2.

Chapter 4
-Listen to the audio recording of this chapter to work on pronunciation.
Page numbers correspond to an old edition of the book, but material is the same.

Family vocabulary:
-Pronunciation exercise for family vocabulary.
-Flashcards for family vocabulary.
-George Mitrevski has created two exercises for practicing family vocabulary.
-Here's a family vocabulary matching exercise.
-Listen to this conversation about family from "Beginner's Russian."

-Listen to these conversations about families from "Beginner's Russian."
-Watch thisclaymation video on family from “Time to Speak Russian”.

 Adjectives for describing people:
-Flashcards for family adjectives.
-Chose the correct form of each adjective to describe the person.

Possessive adjectives:
-Flashcards for possessive adjectives.
-Here are two exercises for practicing possessive adjectives from George Mitrevski. Exercise 1, Exercise 2.
-Yet another exercise on possessive adjectives from George Mitrevski.
-Practice gender of nouns and possessive adjectives with these exercises by Sasha Kulikova.
-Practice the possessive adjective мой on Beginner's Russian.
-Practice the possessive adjective твой on Beginner's Russian. 
-Do more exercises on possessive adjectives твой, наш, ваш from “Time to Speak Russian."
-Do this reading and listening exercise on possessive adjectives from “Time to Speak Russian”
-Do this exercise on mixed possessive adjectives from “Time to Speak Russian.” 
-Oral drills on мой from "Golosa." Another drill from "Troika."
-Oral drill on твой from "Golosa."
-Oral drill on ваш from "Golosa."

-Listen to this audio track about someone's family from "Beginner's Russian."
-Watch these claymation videos about being at the airport using possessive adjectives from “Time to Speak Russian.”Video 1, video 2.

Personal pronouns:
-Do you know what the personal pronouns mean? Make sure with this exercise from "Beginner's Russian."

The verb жить and the prepositional case:
-Flashcards for the verb "to live."
-Here are two exercises practicing the verb "to live" with the prepositional case from George Mitrevski. Exercise 1, Exercise 2.
-Oral drills on жить and stating location from "Golosa." Another drill.
-Practice conjugating Type I and Ia verbs with this exercise on "Beginner’s Russian."

Age and the dative case:
-Provide the correct form of год, года, лет to match the number.
-Practice the dative case pronouns for stating age.
-Drill the dative case pronouns for expressing age with this exercise from George Mitrevski.
-Practice stating age with this exercise on "Beginner’s Russian."
-Oral drill on asking about age from "Golosa."
-Watch this video from chapter 1 of  Golosa.
-Watch this video from chapter 7 of Golosa.
-Here's a summary exercise for answering questions about your family.
-Read and listen to a short text about family on "Beginner's Russian."
-Practice asking questions with this exercise.
-Oral drill asking and stating how many years someone has lived in a city.

Pronunciation and intonation:
-Practice this dialogue from "Golosa."

Songs, videos:
-Kino also sings of another family member in their cult classic "Мама анархия."
-Watch a video of Akvarium performing their song, "Сестра."
-Аквариум gives us "Брат никотин,"
-Here's a song from Russian "Sesame Street" ("Улица Сезам") about families. 

Cultural stuff:
-Listen to Bulat Okudzhava's song "Абрат."
-Watch the cartoon of the Russian folk tale "Теремок." 

Videos to watch in class:
-Golosa ch. 7 video about family.
-Apartment tour video.
-Watch this video from Golosa ch. 6 on where people live.

Videosfrom the New Year celebration:
В лесу родилась ёлочка
Елочка, ёлка

Listening comprehension for homework:
Listen to these three short dialogues about family for HW p. 53 ex. 1.

Chapter 5
Listen to the audio recording of this chapter to work on pronunciation. Page numbers correspond to an old edition of the book, but material is the same.

Musical instrument vocabulary:
-Flashcards for musical instruments and sports.
-Oral drills on playing instrumentals from "Troika."
-Do a word find with musical instruments.
-Visit a musical instrument store in Russia.

-See what’s going on in the world of sports.
-Oral drill on playing games from "Golosa."

Type I verbs:
-Flashcards for new type I verbs.
-Flashcards for conjugation type I verbs.
-Exercise for the verb "to think."
-Practice conjugating 42 verbs with this exercise from George Mitrevski.  What could be more fun?
-Drill type I verbs with this exercise by George Mitrevski.
-Oral drill for читать from "Golosa."
-Oral drill for писать from "Golosa."
-Here's a video showing how to conjugate the verb писать.
-Flashcards for adverbs.

Accusative case for direct objects:
-Flashcards for new nouns.
-Practice the accusative case with this exercise by George Mitrevski.
-Is this a subject or a direct object? Do this exericse from  George Mitrevski to help clear this up.
-Practice writing sentences in the accusative case. (by George Mitrevski)
-Work on correct word order with George Mitrevski's exercise.
-Hone your translating skills with this exercise by George Mitrevski.

Extra stuff:

-Here's an exercise on the difference between и and но.
Music videos:
YouTube offers an huge selection of Russian popular music. Below you'll find some of the most popular groups for different genres of music. Happy viewing and listening!

Classic rock:
Aквариум "Город", "Поезд в огне," "Электрический пёс" "Брод," "Десять стрел" "Никита Рязанский" "Рок-н-рол мёртв" "Серебро господа," "Чай," " "Брат никотин," "500," "Сестра" "Древнерусская тоска," "Аделаида," "Сидя на красивом холме" "Иван чай," "Мальчик Евграф," "Северный цвет," "Нога судьбы," "Танцы на крайне весны," "Великая железнодорожная симфония," "Маша и медведь," "Встань у реки," "25 к 10," "Иванов," "Поколение дворников,"
ДДТ:  "Я получил эту роль," "Родина" "Что нам ветер" "Осень" "Это всё" "Конвеер" "Террорист," "Революция," "Ветер," "Чёрный пёс Петербург" "Рождённые в СССР," "Дождь," "В последнюю осень" "Ленинград," "Метель," "Ночь Людмила," "Небо на земле," "Белая  ночь,"
Кино: "Группа крови," "Перемен, being signed in Russian sign language" "Мама анархия" "Видели ночь,'" "Кукушка," "Следи за собой," "Следи за собой live,"  "Когда твоя девочка больна," "Закрой за мной дверь," "Война," "Спокойная ночь'" "Троллейбус," "Кончится лето," "В наших глазах," "Красно-жёлтые дни," "Каждую ночь," "Это не любовь," "Музыка волн,""Звезда по имени солнца," "Побробуй спеть вместе со мной," "Последний герой," "Апрель," "Песня без слов," "Дальше действовать будем мы," "Легенда," "Пачка сигарет," "Бошетунмай," "Камчатка," "Звезда," "Муравейник," "Мои друзья всегда идут," "Малыш,"
Наутилус Понпилиус: "Гуд бай, Америка," "Я хочу быть с тобой," "Крылья," "Дыхание,"
Машина Времени: "Разговор в поезде" "Костёр" "Марионетка" (circa 1976-dig the lead singers Weird Al hair!), "За тех, кто в море," "Поворот," "Она идёт по жизни смеясь," "Солдат," "Наш дом,"
Секрет: "Привет," "Алиса," "Моя любовь на пятом этаже," "Сара Барабу" "Я люблю буги-вуги," "Именины у Кристины," "Tысяча пластинок" "Она не понимает,"

Alternative/Modern rock:
Земфира: "Искала," "Кукушка,"( Kino cover) "Бесконечность," "СПИД," "Итоги," "Аривадерчи," "Траффик," "Хочешь," "Параноя," "Сигареты Земфиры," "Почему," "Прости меня, моя любовь," "Не стреляйте," "Малыш," "Мы разбиваемся," "Ждать," "Ромашки," "До свидания," "Город," "Ненавижу," "Досказано," "Румба," "Маечка," "Непошлое," "Блюз Земфира," "Прогулка," "Самолёт,"
Сплин: "Моё сердце," ""Выхода нет," "Новые люди," "Первый снег," "Моя любовь," "Прочь из моей головы," "Гандбол," "Лабринт," "Пластмассовая жизнь," "Обрит без Сарары," "Романс,"
Би-2 "Полковник," (from film Brat-2) "Варвара," "Зажигать'" "Песок," "Дурочка," "Серебро," "Моя любовь," Научи меня быть счастливым," "Песок скозь палцы"
Чиж& Co.: "О любви," "Поезд," "