четверг, 10 декабря 2009 г.

Новый год

New Year (Новый год)  is a very important, family holiday for us (Russian Christmas is celebrated on Jan, 7th)

Usually people don't work from 1 to 10th January.

Usually whole family gathers on Dec, 31. They watch guess what movie and  prepare lots of food (that you will taste on Monday!). At  11.50 pm there is a speech of president on TV (you can watch it on youtube, Putin and Medvedev speak VERY clear, of course you'll not understand the whole speech, but you'll be able to hear words you know). Then they play Russian anthem.
President's Speech

Then at 11.59 Kremlin Clock Tower (kuranti) start beating  12 times, you have one minute to make a wish and then after final beat everyone starts to clink glasses with champagne (it's a traditional drink for New Years celebration - trademark "Sovetskoe shampanskoe" - Soviet Champagne).

Everyone congratulates each other saying "С новым годом" (literally With New Year) or "С новым счастьем" (with new happyness).

Traditional fruit for this celebration is a tangerine, New Years always associates with smell of tangerines in Russia.

We have our own Santa Claus, his name is Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) and he also has an assistant, his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow-maiden). They arrive on Troyka (3 horses).

Kids sing "В лесу родилась ёлочка" and move hanging each other's hands. They usually have parties called "Ёлка" too. Я на Ёлке - means I am at New Years kids party (why на? because it's an event). Each kid gets bag of candies. There are some Yolkas in Kremlin.
С Новым годом и счастливого Рождества!
Happy New year and Happy Christmas!

четверг, 5 ноября 2009 г.

Kremlin in Moscow

Kremlin (Кремль по-русски) is a traditional Russian fort, you can find many Kremlins in Russia, but the most famous is Muscovite Kremlin.
If you want to learn more about Kremlin and Red Square, heart of Moscow, visit this site (in English)
To explore Kremlin in Russian language (which is more challenging!), click here

вторник, 27 октября 2009 г.

Learn more about Russian museums

Have you ever heard about Russian art? Probably, the first things that will pop up in your head will be colorfull nest dolls,  Matreshka, and icons.  Besides that, Russian art is comprised of centuries  of creativity.  Beautiful Russian landscapes, moments of Russian history, Russian people  and life concepts are captured under the  brush strokes by Isaak Levitan, Valentin Serov and Kazemir Malevich,  and reflect epocs.
Wanna learn more? Visit the  two famous Russian art museums, one in Saint Petersburg, called Hermitage and second in Moscow, called Tretyakov’s gallery.

Hermitage online

Tretyakov's Gallery

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воскресенье, 25 октября 2009 г.

Тувинское горловое пение/Tuvan throat singing

 The Russian Republic Тува is situated in the far south of Siberia, with the capital city of Kyzylbeing located at the geographic "center of Asia".
Throat singing 1
Throat singing 2
Traditionally music from Tuva was only a solo effort. The musician's intention was usually to emphasize timbre and harmonics over rhythm. The performances were often in places of natural acoustics such as caves, cliffs, rivers, and so on. The performer would often take long pauses to allow nature its own chance to converse back. The modern music found today is often composed of ensembles of musicians playing multiple instruments and often is much more pulsatile than its traditional uses.
Tuvans' belief in spirits is apparent in their musical practices. Praise songs and chants, called algysh, and the rhythmically-chanted poetic couplets that precede breaths of throat-singing, address cher eezi, or local-spirit masters with words. Throat singing is instead made to imitate sounds produced by the places or beings in which the spirit-masters dwell. Singers establish contact with the spirit-master by reproducing the sounds made and enter into conversation, whose aim is supplication, an expression of gratitude, or an appeal for protection. The same imitative or mimetic interaction with the natural sound world may also be meditated through the use of traditional musical instruments. Calm, mimetic singing in reproduction of the sounds of a certain place is believed to be the best possible offering to spirit-masters.
This region is also famous for its indigenous shaman population. Shamans commonly created music in order to call upon spirits, conjure ancestors, discover birthplaces, connect with natural surroundings, and to attract spirits for hunters. Shamans were not the only people to practice this type of communion between nature and song. Shepherds would also play music to herd animals and imitate galloping horses. Each song had a certain meaning according to where the musician was and whether or not the situation was work or relaxation. Early Tuva created sounds that don't fit in with Western musical theory but instead stand alone, existing for a certain way of being.
(text taken from Wikipedia)

суббота, 24 октября 2009 г.

About difference between ты and Вы - poem by Alexander Pushkin

«Ты и Вы»
Пустое вы, сердечным ты!
Она, обмолвясь, заменила,
И все счастливые мечты
В душе влюблённой возбудила.
Пред ней задумчиво стою;
Свести очей с неё нет силы;
И говорю ей: «как вы милый!»
И мыслю: «как тебя люблю!»
А. С. Пушкин

Thou and you
She substituted, by a chance,
For empty “you” – the gentle “thou”;
And all my happy dreams, at once,
In loving heart again resound.
In bliss and silence do I stay,
Unable to maintain my role:
“Oh, how sweet you are!” I say –
“How I love thee!” says my soul.

Alexander Pushkin
Translation by Yevgeny Bonver
Edited by Dmitry Darshtedt

Cardinals, ordinals, days of week, dates, months and weather!

Cardinals from 0 to 100 000 000 here: http://depositfiles.com/files/i2f7049kk

Ordinals here: http://depositfiles.com/files/9opspco7x

Days of week (дни недели) here:http://depositfiles.com/files/0od83oz6h

Time (время): http://depositfiles.com/files/lisuev2ac

четверг, 22 октября 2009 г.

Российские новости/ Russian news

газета Moscow times по-английски

газета Saint Peterburg Times по-английски

Газеты Moscow и Saint Peterburg Times - известные русские газеты для иностранцев в России.

четверг, 15 октября 2009 г.

Russia Through A Train Window - virtual photo exibition


Добро пожаловать в блог! Welcome to blog Russian UNH

Дорогие студенты! Dear students!

This blog will help you to train yourself in vocabulary memorization, Russian pronouncation and learn more about Russia!
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TROYKA VOCABULARY Chapters 1-4 - you can listen to audio files online or download them!

Chapter 1


Chapter 2


Chapter 3


Chapter 4

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