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3-Minute Russian Season 1, Lesson 4 - How are you?
Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Russian Season 1, Lesson 4 - How are you? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask how somebody is in Russian.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'How are you?' in Russian.
Elena: [Normal] Как дела? (Kak dela?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how'
Elena: [Normal] как [Slow] как (kak)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'things'
Elena: [Normal] дела [Slow] дела (dela)
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'How are you?'
Elena: [Slow] Как дела? [Normal] Как дела?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'How are you?'
Elena: [Normal] Как у Вас дела? (Kak u vas dela?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how'
Elena: [Normal] как [Slow] как (kak)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'your'
Elena: [Normal] у Вас [Slow] у Вас (u vas)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'things'
Elena: [Normal] дела [Slow] дела(dela)
Becky: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'How are you?'
Elena: [Slow] Как у Вас дела? (Kak u vas dela?)
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'I'm fine. Thank you.'
Elena: [Normal] Спасибо. Хорошо.(Spasiba. Kharasho.)
Becky: First is the expression meaning 'thanks'
Elena: [Normal] спасибо [Slow] спасибо(spasiba)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'good'
Elena: [Normal] хорошо [Slow] хорошо(kharasho)
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'I'm fine. Thank you.'
Elena: [Slow] Спасибо. Хорошо. [Normal] Спасибо. Хорошо.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'Not so well.'
Elena: [Normal] Не очень.(Ne ochen'.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'not'
Elena: [Normal] не [Slow] не(ne)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'so'
Elena: [Normal] очень [Slow] очень (ochen')
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'Not so well.'
Elena: [Slow] Не очень. [Normal] Не очень.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Elena: In Russia, when you ask your friend the question "How are you", you will hear detailed information about their current situation in response. In Russia when people ask this question they really care about how someone is. However, in formal situations it is better just to answer "I am Ok, and you?".

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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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Listeners! How are you? Try answering this question in Russian.

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Tuesday at 02:02 AM
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Здравствуйте robert groulx,


Спасибо, хорошо. Thank you for posting. If you have any questions, please let us know. 😄


Всего наилучшего,

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robert groulx
Saturday at 01:38 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


Kak u vas dela?)


robert

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Friday at 03:59 PM
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Hello Keizer von Himmelsburg,


You can say: "I'm good, and you?" - "У меня все хорошо, а у вас? (formal)/ У меня все хорошо, а у тебя? (informal).


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Keizer von Himmelsburg
Wednesday at 10:46 PM
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And if you wish to say, "I'm good, and you?“ how would one say this formally and informally? Needing to understand how to say, "...and you?" when necessary. Спасибо!!

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Sunday at 10:53 PM
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Hello бакриь,


Not sure what your comment means 😄 but thank you 😄


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бакриь
Friday at 05:47 AM
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привить


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Friday at 05:48 PM
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Hello Fernando,


Я тоже хорошо, спасибо ?


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Fernando
Wednesday at 10:59 AM
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Хорошо, спасибо! А как ты?