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3-Minute Russian Season 1, Lesson 12 - What are you doing?
Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Russian Season 1, Lesson 12 - What are you doing? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask what someone is doing in Russian.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'What are you doing?' in Russian.
Elena: [Normal] Что ты делаешь?(Shto ty delaesh?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'what'
Elena: [Normal] что [Slow] что (shto)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'you'
Elena: [Normal] ты [Slow] ты(ty)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'are doing'
Elena: [Normal] делаешь [Slow] делаешь(delaesh )
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'What are you doing?'
Elena: [Slow] Что ты делаешь? [Normal] Что ты делаешь?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'What are you doing?'
Elena: [Normal] Что вы делаете?(Shto vy delayete?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'what'
Elena: [Normal] что [Slow] что (shto)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'you'
Elena: [Normal] вы [Slow] вы(vy)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'are doing'
Elena: [Normal] делаете [Slow] делаете(delayete)
Becky: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'What are you doing?'
Elena: [Slow] Что вы делаете? [Normal] Что вы делаете?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'I am studying.'
Elena: [Normal] Я учусь.(Ya uchus'.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I'
Elena: [Normal] я [Slow] я(ya)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'am studying'
Elena: [Normal] учусь [Slow] учусь(uchus')
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'I am studying.'
Elena: [Slow] Я учусь. [Normal] Я учусь.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'Nothing.'
Elena: [Normal] Ничего.(Nichevo.)
Becky: This expression has only one word meaning 'Nothing.'
Elena: [Normal] Ничего. [Slow] Ничего.(nichevo)
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'Nothing.'
Elena: [Slow] Ничего. [Normal] Ничего.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Elena: If you don't feel like giving an explanation of what you are doing, you can just say Ничего особенного, а что? (Nichevo asobennava. A shto?) which means "Nothing special. Why? (why are you asking). It is ok to use this phrase with friends and people you know. This phrase is quite polite.

Outro

Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Elena: Пока.

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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What are you doing while listening to this lesson?

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Friday at 06:32 PM
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Здравствуйте, Агнесса!


Спасибо for your kind feedback and for studying Russian with us!

Please, note - "мне нравится выражение".

Нравится is written here without the soft sign, it's conjugated according to the followed by it noun: мне нравится кино, мне нравится торт, мне нравится машина, мне нравятся цветы.

It must be written with the soft sign as infinitive form: Я должна понравиться начальнику.


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Agnessa
Friday at 01:39 AM
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мне нравиться выражение: "ничего особенного"


постараюсь это запомнить.


спасибо за лекцию!


Агнесса

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Thursday at 04:38 PM
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Hello Peter,


thank you for your question! 👍

"Ничего" should sound as "nichivo",

"nichego" is a romanized form.


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Peter
Friday at 06:10 PM
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Forgive me, but the word "Ничего" (nichevo) should sound like (nichego) I wonder why it doesn't?

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Monday at 07:09 AM
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Здравствуйте robert groulx,


Спасибо for posting and studying with us. If you have any questions, please let us know. 😄


Всего наилучшего,

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robert groulx
Monday at 12:17 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite word is Что ты делаешь?(Shto ty delaesh?)


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Hi Fernando,


Thanks for posting! Let us know if you have any questions!


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Fernando
Tuesday at 03:07 AM
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I read the vocabulary and the verbs.

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Sunday at 10:11 AM
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Hello Fernando,


The meaning of your sentence is a bit unclear...😳


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Fernando
Tuesday at 01:51 AM
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Я читаю словник и глагол.