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Course: An Introduction to Russian Language and Culture PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

Victoria University of Wellington
JUNE 11
8 weeks: Thu 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Wellington
Presenter: Olga Suvorova   
Victoria Staff 20% Discount Fee    $160.00 incl GST   
Early Bird Discount available until 2 weeks prior to the course start date    $180.00 incl GST   
$200.00 incl GST   
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Description

Overview:
Russian is best learnt when both written and oral skills are taught together within the context of the Russian way of life. Russian culture is, therefore, an essential part of this eight-week beginners course designed to help you learn the basic language skills necessary for communicating in Russian.

Target audience:
This course is for beginners and those with limited knowledge of Russia who wish to gain an introduction to its language and culture. It is for anyone who:

is interested in Russia and the language and culture
has a Russian-speaking partner or adopted children from Russia
is planning to visit Russia or its neighbouring states where Russian is spoken.

Learning objectives:
By the end of the course, participants will have:

acquired basic reading and writing skills in Russian
gained a basic understanding of Russian grammar (nouns – gender and some cases; verbs (present tense); adverbs; pronouns; numbers and adjectives)
learnt basic vocabulary and the linguistic and cultural competence to handle situations such as:
introducing themselves and their family and friends
expressing likes and/or dislikes and requesting things (in shops and restaurants)
visiting places (reading signs, staying at hotels, making enquiries)
gained general knowledge of Russian culture and the way of life and about New Zealand–Russia connections.

Course outline:
Week 1: Introduction to the Russian language; the alphabet, stress and vowels; basic geographic names; greetings and good byes; diversity of the region (video and discussion)

Week 2: Basic reading and writing skills; nouns, gender; asking simple questions and making simple statements in Russian; the Russian language and cultural identity (video and discussion)

Week 3: Pronouns; introducing yourself and your family; how and when to use first names and patronymics in Russia; “I” and “we” in Russian; home and family in the Russian world (video and discussion)

Week 4: Verbs; present tense; how to express likes and dislikes (including hobbies, interests); how to request things (in shops and restaurants); reading signs when travelling around Russia; hotel etiquette; tips for foreigners; Russian attitudes towards foreigners; cultural clashes

Week 5: + genitive “to have”; adverbs; numbers; finding your way around and asking for and understanding directions; asking about prices in shops; how to undertake business in modern Russia (video and discussion)

Week 6: Adjectives; colours; public holidays and months of the year; Russian literature, music and art; New Zealand–Russia untold stories (video and discussion)

Week 7: – how to make suggestions – to be able to, to know how to; making toasts in Russian; the Russian sense of humour and attitude towards smiling; Russian hospitality; myths about vodka (the “Russian antifreeze”) (video and discussion)

Week 8: Summary and discussion; presentation of certificates of achievement.

Course format:
This series of two-hour classes is held on Thursday evenings over eight weeks. There is a short break half-way through each session, and you are welcome to bring refreshments if you wish. Coffee/tea is provided.

Teacher:
Olga Suvorova has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Moscow State University and an MA Hons in linguistics from Lomonosov Moscow State University.She has extensive experience in working with international leaders in both the private and public sectors in New Zealand and Russia on cultural intelligence questions. Olga is married to a New Zealander and works in both New Zealand and Moscow.

Class limit:
This course is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, so please enrol early.

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Russia - New Zealand Video

To see the video report prepared with assistance of Prior Group on WW2 ties between Russia and New Zealand, Russian TV, please go to:

http://www.vesti.ru/videos?vid=298438

Russia - New Zealand Quotes

It was something of a revelation to find that in a country like Russia, where the civilized arts and sciences are supposed to make slow headway, the art of Pavlova has reached its apotheosis.NZ Truth, 1926
Откровением было узнать, что в такой стране как Россия, где цивилизованное искусство и науки, кажется, должны тормозить, искусство Павловой достигло своего апофеоза.НЗ Правда, 1926

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We are having long lambskin coats made with outer surface of Gabardine. A good warm cloth overcoat is also recommended by Australian Legation which advises in addition, furlined coat. We have not examined cost of latter but have been informed by a local resident previously living in Russia that they are “de rigueur” for official classes, sheepskin coats being associated with peasantry…Fur caps and furlined gloves are recommended. Top hats are not being taken.
What a country in which the occurrence of queues outside shops is a sign of improving conditions.
It is the most wonderful springtime, the tenderest green on the trees. As always in Moscow, the spring is so fresh, it seems to be happening for the first time.
The Russian language is like a sack pulled over the head of the wretched foreigner. Those like Ruth Macky and me, who have cut an eyehole or two in the sack, have to lead by the hand those who are still living in the darkness. Curious, but the one who shows most promise of all the beginners is Mrs Boswell. For myself I reckon I’ll know Russian well in ten years’ time. It really is a monster of a tongue. Paddy Costello, New Zealand diplomat and linguist, Moscow, 1944

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