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Speaking Russian Advanced. Let's Read Together.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Listen to "Anna Karenina" in Russian.

Transcript of the Summary Chapters and original text in Russian.

Each chapter of the novel is narrated in Russian and comes with a short summary of the chapter in English.

Speaking Russian 1 (SR1)

1. Formal Greetings.

2. Informal Greetings.

3. "Good-bye". Part 1.

4. "Good-bye". Part 2.

5. How to address people.

6. What is your name?

7. Dialogues.

8. How are you?

9. Thank you, fine.

10. Dialogues.


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Speaking Russian 2 (SR2)

11. Names.

12. Excuse me. Pardon.

13. Thank you. Please.

14. "Yes" and "No".

15. Numerals from 1 to 5.

16. Numerals from 6 to 10.

17. Days of the week.

18. What is your occupation?

19. I am a doctor, student...

20. "Where...?" questions.

Speaking Russian 3 (SR3)

21. Counting from 11 to 15.
22. Counting from 16 to 20.

23. Counting from 21 to 29.
24. Counting in 10s from 30 to 100.

25. How old are you?
26. I am ... years old.

27. How to say it in Russian?

28. What is it in English?

29. I don't know/ understand.

30. Speak slowly, please.

Speaking Russian 4 (SR4)

31. Where is Red Square?

32. Go straight on. Go left. Go right.

33. How much does it cost?

34. Numerals from 200 to 500.

35. Numerals from 600 to 1000.
36. Rubles and Kopecks.

37. Public Transport.

38. Subway. Metro.

 39. Are you getting off (the bus)?

40. In a taxi.

Speaking Russian 5 (SR5)

41. Do you speak Russian?
42.  No, I don't speak Russian.

43. I speak a little Russian.

44. Where do you live?
45.Moscow doesn't believe in tears.

46. I live in...

47. Seasons.

48. Good/ Bad Weather.
49. It's cold/ hot/ raining.

50. Happy Birthday!

Speaking Russian 6 (SR6)

51. Big/ Small Family.

52. Parents. Mother. Father.

53. Grandparents.
54.Russian Santa Claus.

55. A brother. A sister.
56. 1,2,3...sisters.
57. Merry Christmas!

58. Happy New Year!
59. A daughter. A son.

60. 2-3-4 daughters/ sons.

Speaking Russian 7 (SR7)

61. I am (not) married.

62. Are you married?
63. My Family. Nina.
64. My Family. Nikolay.

65. I (don't) like.
66. I (don't) love.
67. Do you love...?
68. Coffee, please.

69. Still water, please.

70. Let's..

Speaking Russian 8 (SR8)

71. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

72. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.

73. Yesterday was Monday.

74. What time is it?

75. How to tell time.

76. What would you like to eat?

77. Ladies ask Gentlemen to dance.

78. In a restaurant. Vocabulary.

79. I am a vegetarian.

80. Bill please and keep the change.

Speaking Russian 9 (SR9)

81. A shop. A market. A supermarket.

82. Can I help you? - I am just browsing. Thank you.

83. Colours in Russian.

84. A face, a head, a nose, ears...

85. Human body parts.

86. How to say in Russian: "I have a headache"

87. How do you feel? - I am better, thank you.

88. How to say in Russian: She has...He has... Personal Pronouns: I, You, She, He, It.

89. How to say in Russian "I am on holidays"


Speaking Russian 10 (SR10)

91. Beautiful, attractive...ugly.

92. She is tall. Her height is 179 cm.

93. The 1st, the 2nd. the 3rd... . Ordinal numbers in Russian.

94. How to say in Russian "Young, elderly, middle aged" and more.

95. How to say in Russian "He is blond", "She is brunette" and more.

96. How to say in Russian "Slim, Thin or Large". Body shape.

97. Boris and Marina.

98. How to say in Russian "It is not allowed..." or "One must not..."

99. How to say in Russian "It is allowed..." or "One can. One may..."

100. How to say in Russian "Have a nice weekend"

Speaking Russian 11 (SR11)

101. How to say in Russian "I need to work", "We need to talk"...

102. Q&A: patronymic names and a Russian word for an email and other internet slang.

103. How to say in Russian "Presents. To give and receive presents." A Dialogue.

104. Christmas dinner and Christmas day.

105. How to say in Russian "I am going to..."

106. Talking about the plans in Russian. A dialogue.

107. Nationalities in Russian.

108. Questionnaire in Russian.

109. Air Travel Vocabulary in Russian.

110. At the airport. Useful Russian phrases. Part 1.

Speaking Russian 12 (SR12)

111. At the airport. Useful Russian phrases. Part 2.

112. How to say in Russian "Cool!", "Great!", "Well done!"

113. A flat. A room. To rent a flat.

114. How to say in Russian "a two-room flat", "a groud floor" and more.

115. How to wish in Russian "a Happy Valentine's day".

116. Rooms in a house in Russian.

117. A Dialogue. Rooms in a house in Russian.

118. How to say in Russian: South, North, East, West.

119. How to say in Russian: I think that.., In my opinion...

120. A Russian filler word "Kind of"

Speaking Russian 13 (SR13)

121. How to say in Russian "I am not interested", "It's boring" and more.

122. A conversation opener: "How do you like the weather today?"

123. Tag questions in Russian.

124. How to say in Russian "Unfortunately...", "I'm afraid..."

125. Phone conversation in Russian. Dialogue.

126. Phone conversation in Russian. Vocabulary.

127. An informal phone conversation.

128. Phone conversations. Revision.

129. The verb "To phone - Звонить"

130. "What's the plan for the weekend?"

Speaking Russian 14 (SR14)

131. "I don't know anybody here, and you?" At the party. A conversation starter.

132. "How do you like it here?" A conversation starter.

133. "Have you heard that...?" A conversation starter.

134. Clothes Vocabulary.

135. Women's clothes in Russian.

136. Men's clothes in Russian.

136.1. Russian Verbs. The verb МОЧЬ - can, may, to be able to.

137. "Shoes, boots, footwear" in Russian.

137.1. Russian Verbs. The verb СКАЗАТЬ - to say, to tell.

138. How to say in Russian: "You're looking great. I like your dress. It really suits you."

139. At the supermarket.

139.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ГОВОРИТЬ - to speak, to say.

140. How to say in Russian "a piece of cake" and more.

140.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ЗНАТЬ - to know.

Speaking Russian 15 (SR15)

141. Grammar. "Few, most, part of..."

141.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ХОТЕТЬ - to want.

142. "To cut a long story short", "As a matter of fact" in Russian.

143. "Why-Because-Therefore-Since" in Russian.

143.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ИДТИ - to go, to walk.

144. About the Prepositions in Russian. Mistakes.

144.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ВИДЕТЬ - to see.

145. Halloween. Vocabulary

146. About the reflexive pronoun "self" in Russian.

146.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ДУМАТЬ - to think.

147. Showing concern.

148. Possessive pronoun MY.

148.1. Russian Verbs. The verb СДЕЛАТЬ - to make.

149. How to say in Russian "a sale", "discounts".

149.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ЖИТЬ - to live.

150. Possessive pronoun YOUR.

150.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ДЕЛАТЬ - to do.

Speaking Russian 16 (SR16)

151. Possessive Pronouns HIS, HER(S) and a question word WHOSE.

151.1. Russian Verbs. The verb СМОТРЕТЬ - to look.

152. Possessive Pronouns OUR and THEIR.

152.1. Russian Verbs. The verb РАБОТАТЬ - to work.

153. How to ask for help in Russian.

153.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ПОНЯТЬ - to understand.

154. How to say in Russian "ambulance, fire brigade, police".

154.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ПОНИМАТЬ - to understand.

155. Adverbs of Frequence in Russian: "often, always, never".

155.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ПОЙТИ - to go, to walk.

156. How to say in Russian "I'm bored", "I'm cold" and more.

156.1. Russian Verbs. The verb СПРOСИТЬ - to ask.

157. In the kitchen. Vocabulary.

157.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ДАТЬ - to give.

158. How to say in Russian "Bless you!"

158.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ДАBAТЬ - to give.

158. How to say in Russian "Already" and "Yet"

159.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ПОЛУЧИТЬ - to get.

160. Prepositions IN and AT in Russian.

160.1. Russian Verbs. The verb СИДЕТЬ - to sit.

Speaking Russian 17 (SR17)

161. How is work? How was your weekend?

161.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ВЗЯТЬ - to take, to get.

162. To name. To call.

162.1. Russian Verbs. The verb БРАТЬ - to take, to get.

163. Where and Where to.

163.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ПРИЙТИ - to come.

164. I am happy to see you.

164.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ПРИХОДИТЬ - to come.

165. One and a half.

165.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ЛЮБИТЬ - to love.

166. Thank you for the coffee.

166.1. Russian Verbs. The verb СТОИТЬ - to cost.

167. Sorry for being late.

167.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ВЫХОДИТЬ - to exit.

168. Do you have a minute? Are you busy?

168.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ВЫЙТИ - to exit.

169. Is this place taken?

169.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ПИСАТЬ - to write.

170. A driving licence.

170.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ИСКАТЬ - to search.

Speaking Russian 18 (SR18)

171. A guest. To visit somebody.

171.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ИМЕТЬ - to have.

172. To the health of guests!

172.1. Russian Verbs. The verb СТАТЬ - to become.

173. How to propose a toast in Russian.

173.1. Russian Verbs. The verb НАЧИНАТЬ - to start.

174. How long does it take to...?

174.1. Russian Verbs. The verb СЧИТАТЬ - to count.

175. Stop talking!

175.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ЖДАТЬ - to wait.

176. It's time to work!

176.1. Russian Verbs. The verb НАДЕЯТЬСЯ - to hope.

177. I would like to book a taxi. Part 1.

177.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ПРЕДПОЧИТАТЬ - to prefer.

177. I would like to book a taxi. Part 2.

178.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ЧИТАТЬ - to read.

179. To learn Russian. To understand Russian.

179.1. Russian Verbs. The verb СТОЯТЬ - to stand.

180. Double negative in Russian.

180.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ЛЕЖАТЬ - to lie, to lie down.

Speaking Russian 19 (SR19)

181. On Monday. On Mondays.

181.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ГУЛЯТЬ - to walk.

182. Do you know a nice place to eat around here?

182.1. Russian Verbs. The verb ПОКУПАТЬ - to buy.

183. In the morning, in the afternoon...

183.1. Russian verbs. The verb ПРОДАВАТЬ - to sell.

184. In summer, in winter, in autumn, in spring.

184.1. Russian verbs. The verb УЧИТЬ - to teach, to learn.

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