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Lesson 7 - how are you doing

When we meet someone we usually ask him how he is doing:

-Как делА? (– How are you doing?)
-ВсЁ в порЯдке? (– Everything is all right?)

When we are asked: Как делА? we usually thank the person:

-СпасИбо! (– Thank you!)

Then we add something of the following:

-ХорошО! (– Nice!)
-ОтлИчно! (– Wonderful!)
-ТАк себе! (– So-so!)
-НормАльно! (– O.K.)
-НичегО! (– O.K.)
-ПлОхо! (– Bad!)
-УжАсно! (– Awful!)

These are only the basic answers there are much more interesting ones
that we’ll learn in the main course!

Cultural remark:
In Russia it is not obligatory to answer only Хорошо! or Отлично!
We love to complain and often say Так себе! Плохо! or even Ужасно!
But I hope that when you are in Russia you will say only Отлично! Or Хорошо!

Then we ask our interlocutor how he is doing in turn.

Informally:
- А у тебя?

Formally:
- А у Вас?



Exercise 1

Now listen to the conversations and repeat.


1)– ЗдрАвствуйте! КАк делА? ВсЁ в порЯдке?
- ДА, спасИбо. ВсЁ нормАльно. А у ВАс?
- СпасИбо. ТОже ничегО.

тОже – also

2)– ПривЕт! КАк делА?
- ОтлИчно! А у тебЯ?
- ТАк себЕ.

3)- ПривЕт! КАк делА?
- СпасИбо, хорошО! А у тебЯ?
- СпасИбо, отлИчно!

4) - ПривЕт! КАк делА?
- Плохо! А у тебЯ?
- Ужасно!

Phonetic part

Perhaps you’ve already noticed that there is something strange about Russian vowel sounds:
sometimes we write one sound and pronounce another.
We pronounce О о “properly” only if it is under stress.
Else we pronounce О о like А а.

For example in the word
молокО we pronounce O only once.
In fact we pronounce malakO.
Perhaps you think why we write and pronounce differently and it’s seems stupid to you.
But there is an explanation for it that you’ll have in the main course (that is to appear:).


Exercise 2

Listen to the examples and repeat:



холодОк
морЯ
полосА
городА
голосА


Exercise 3

Now try to read yourself:

водА
горА
облакА
морОз
зОлото

Check!


I hope that now when you know how important the stress is in Russian
you’ll learn the words with the stress in them!

КАк у ВАс делА в концЕ урОка?

в концЕ урОка - at the end of the lesson
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