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3-Minute Russian Season 1, Lesson 6 - Refusing politely
Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Russian Season 1, Lesson 6 - Refusing politely. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to politely refuse an invitation in Russian.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to say 'No, thank you.' in Russian.
Elena: [Normal] Нет, спасибо.(Net, spasiba.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'no'
Elena: [Normal] нет [Slow] нет (net)
Becky: Last is the expression meaning 'thank you'
Elena: [Normal] спасибо [Slow] спасибо(spasiba)
Becky: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'No, thank you.'
Elena: [Slow] Нет, спасибо. [Normal] Нет, спасибо.
Becky: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to say 'No, thanks a lot.'
Elena: [Normal] Нет, спасибо большое.(Net, spasiba bal'shoye.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'no'
Elena: [Normal] нет [Slow] нет (net)
Becky: Next is the expression meaning 'thank you'
Elena: [Normal] спасибо [Slow] спасибо(spasiba)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'big'
Elena: [Normal] большое [Slow] большое(bal'shoye)
Becky: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'No, thanks a lot.'
Elena: [Slow] Нет, спасибо большое. [Normal] Нет, спасибо большое.
Becky: Next up is the formal way to say 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Elena: [Normal] Извините, но у меня уже есть планы.(Izvinite, no u menya uzhe yest' plany.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'sorry'
Elena: [Normal] извините [Slow] извините(izvinite)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'but'
Elena: [Normal] но [Slow] но(no)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Elena: [Normal] у меня [Slow] у меня(u menya)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'already'
Elena: [Normal] уже [Slow] уже(uzhe)
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'have plans'
Elena: [Normal] есть планы [Slow] есть планы(yest' plany)
Becky: Listen again to the formal sentence meaning 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Elena: [Slow] Извините, но у меня уже есть планы. [Normal] Извините, но у меня уже есть планы.
Becky: Finally is an informal way to say 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Elena: [Normal] Извини, но у меня уже есть планы.(Izvini, no u menya uzhe yest' plany.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'sorry'
Elena: [Normal] извини [Slow] извини(izvini)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'but'
Elena: [Normal] но [Slow] но(no)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Elena: [Normal] у меня [Slow] у меня(u menya)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'already'
Elena: [Normal] уже [Slow] уже(uzhe)
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'have plans'
Elena: [Normal] есть планы [Slow] есть планы(yest' plany)
Becky: Listen again to the informal sentence meaning 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Elena: [Slow] Извини, но у меня уже есть планы. [Normal] Извини, но у меня уже есть планы.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Elena: If your Russian friend invites you somewhere, you can refuse politely by saying that you have plans. But in this case, make sure to suggest another day and time for the meeting, or you will sound rude and imply that you are not interested in hanging out with the person who invited 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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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hey Listeners! How would you refuse an invitation? Let's practice.

 

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Tuesday at 10:28 am
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Hello Тарык,


Also possible 😄


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Тарык
Tuesday at 8:49 pm
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I would simply say:


Извините, но у меня уже есть планы дорогоя женщина!)