judiwe (judiwe) wrote in rusforyou,

Lesson 9 - buying tickets

I think that when you arrive in Russia you’ll do a lot of travelling,
visit theatres, museum and so on.
So you’ll need to buy tickets!

If you buy a ticket on a train, on an airplain, on a bus you say:

- ОдИн билЕт до … , пожАлуйста! – One ticket to …, please!

For example if you buy a ticket to Novossibirsk, you’ll say:

- ОдИн билЕт до НовосибИрска, пожАлуйста!

You already know the words “bus” and “metro” in Russian: автОбус and метрО.

Let’s learn some other means of transport!

пОезд – train
самолЕт – airplane

Perhaps you’ll need to know also some details about the train and the airplain.

Places in a train may be:

плацкАрта – reserved seat (the less comfortable)
купЕ – couchette
СВ (pronounced as эсвэ) – a very comfortable places
(they have a shower and everything one might need)

To specify the type of your seat you say:

- ОдИн билЕт в плацкАрте/в купЕ/в СВ(эсвЭ) до КостромЫ, пожалуйста!

Tickets on an airplain may be:


I think you don’t need translation here!

To specify the type of an airplain ticket you say like this:

- ОдИн билЕт в эконОм-клАссе/бИзнес-клАссе до ЛОндона, пожАлуйста!

Note that the word that goes with "в" (which means "in")
has E at the end.

If you buy a ticket in a theatre or in a cinema you say:

- Два билЕта на … , пожАлуйста! – Two tickets on …, please!

To buy tickets you’ll need to know the words

спектАкль – a play
фильм – a movie

For example, if you buy a ticket to the play “Romeo and Juliette”, you’ll say:

- ОдИн билЕт на спектакль «РомЕо и ДжульЕтта», пожАлуйста!

A cashier might say:
- ВОт вАш билЕт/вАши билЕты! - Here are tour ticket/your tickets!
When you are given the ticket you say: СпасИбо!

But perhaps there are no more tickets. Then you will be answered like this:

- ИзвинИте, билЕтов бОльше нет!

Then you’ll have to try again changing some details!

Exercise 1

Listen to the dialogues and answer the questions:!

1.Where is the person buying a ticket?
В театр? В кино? На поезд? На самолет?
(To a theatre, a movie, a train, an airplain?)
2.What is he going to see or where is he going to arrive?
3.What type of seat does he want (for the tickets to a train or an airplain).

See the correct answers!

Read the dialogs!

Phonetic part
You already know that voiced consonants become voiceless at the end of a word.
But they do so not only at the end!

They also become voiceless before another voiceless consonant!

Let's remember all the voiceless consonants:
К к
П п
С с
Т т
Ф ф
Х х
Ц ц
Ш ш

So for a example, the word "водка" is pronounced like "вотка".

Exercise 2

Listen to the examples and try to notice how the rule works!


Exercise 3

Now try yourself!


Check yourself!

Would do you like to listen to a song to cheer up after such a voluminous lesson?

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