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LESSON NOTES

Introduction #2
Introducing Yourself and Saying
Your Name in Russian

CONTENTS
2 Russian
2 English
2 Vowelled
2 Romanization
3 Vocabulary
3 Sample Sentences
4 Vocabulary Phrase Usage
5 Grammar
5 Cultural Insight

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RUSSIAN

1. АННА: Здравствуйте. Меня зовут Анна.

2. ЭРИК: Здравствуйте, Анна. Я - Эрик.

3. АННА: Очень приятно, Эрик.

4. ЭРИК: Очень приятно.

ENGLISH

1. ANNA: Hello. My name is Anna.

2. ERIK: Hello, Anna. I’m Erik.

3. ANNA: Nice to meet you, Erik.

4. ERIK: Nice to meet you.

VOWELLED

1. АННА: Здравствуй. Меня зовут Анна

2. ЭРИК: Привет, Анна. Я - Эрик

3. АННА: Очень приятно, Эрик

4. ЭРИК: Очень приятно

ROMANIZATION
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1. ANNA: Hi. My name is Anna

2. ERIK: Hi, Anna. I’m Erik

3. ANNA: Nice to meet you, Erik

4. ERIK: Nice to meet you

VOCABULARY

R ussian R omanization English C lass

Привет Privet Hello, hi. (informal) greeting

Здравствуйте Zdrastvuite hello exclamation

Меня зовут menya zovut my name (is) phrase

очень ochen' very, very much adverb

nice; nicely,
приятно priyatno pleasantly adverb

SAMPLE SENTENCES

Привет, как дела? Здравствуйте, давно не виделись!


Privet, kak dela? Zdravstvuyte, davno nye videlis'!

"Hi, how are you?" "Hello, long time no see!"

Здравствуйте, Вы откуда? Здравствуйте, вы - Павел Иванович?


Zdravstvuyte, Vy otkuda? Zdravstvuyte, vy - Pavel Ivanovich?

"Hello, where are you from?" "Hello, are you Pavel Ivanovich?"

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Меня зовут Оксана, а Вас? Как его зовут?
Menya zovut Oksana, a vas? Kak ego zovut?

"My name is Oksana, and yours?" "What is his name?"

Вас зовут Марина? Как Вас зовут?


Vas zovut Marina? Kak vas zovut?

"Is your name Marina?" "What is your name?"

Мне тоже очень понравился этот Я очень устал сегодня.


фильм! Ya ochen' ustal segodnya.

Mne tozhe ochen' ponravilsya etot fil'm!


"I'm very tired today."

"I liked this movie very much, too!" ("I also liked
this movie!")

Желаю приятного полёта! Очень приятно познакомиться!


Zhelayu priyatnogo polyota! Ochen' priyatno poznakomit'sya!

"Wish you a nice flight!" "Very nice to meet you (get to know you)!"

Как приятно! Приятно слышать.


Kak priyatno! Priyatno slyshat'.

"How nice!"/"What a pleasure!" "Nice to hear." (e.g., a compliment)

Приятно познакомиться.
Priyatno poznakomit'sya.

"Nice to meet you."

VOCABULARY PHRASE USAGE

In the dialogs for this lesson we used several very important words and phrases to remember
when you start learning Russian. The first one is "здраствуйте" (zdrastvuite), which means
"Hello". Whenever you meet the person for the first time, you can safely use this phrase. It is
very polite equivalent of the following one, which is "здраствуй" (zadrastvuy). Although these
two words have the same meaning, the first one is more polite. You can use the shorter
version of greeting "здраствуй", when you meet the person of the same age or younger than

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you. It is better to use the longer version "здраствуйте", when you are talking to senior
person or if you want to show your deepest respect. There is another way to greet person in
Russian, it is "привет" (privet). This one means "hi", "hello" as well. However, this is the most
commonly used phrase among friends, and has quite friendly and casual meaning. There
several ways to introduce yourself in Russian. The most common way is to say "Меня
зовут..." (menya zovut), or "My name is...". However, you can use the easier way. Just say
"Я ..." (ya), or "I am..." followed by your name. The phrase "Очень приятно" (ochen priyatno)
is used to say "Nice to meet you". This phrase literally translates as "Very pleasant".

GRAMMAR

The focus of this lesson is (Personal Pronoun "Я")

Приве т , Анна. Я - Эрик

"Hi, Anna. I’m Erik"

You do not need to use the auxiliary verbs in Russian language, as you would use in English.
For example, in the dialog we had the phrase "Я - Эрик", which means "I’m Erik". There is no
equivalent of verb "to be" in Russian. So, if you want to say something about yourself, you can
use this phrase "Я ...", or "I am...".

For example, "Я студент" (ya student) "I am a student"

Я учитель (ya uchitel') "I am a teacher"

Я русский (ya russkiy) "I am Russian"

Я из Франции (ya iz Francii) "I am from France"

CULTURAL INSIGHT

Do you know that historically people in Russia were greeting each other by kissing each
other on the cheek 3 times, starting with the left and then alternating?

Nowdays this tradition is not that widespread. However, people still kiss each other during big
holidays, such as Easter, for example. When female friends meet, they can also greet each

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other in this manner.

When close male friends meet, they may pat each other on the back and hug.

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