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INTRODUCTION
John: Hi everyone, and welcome to RussianPod101.com. This is Business Russian for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 1 - Introducing Yourself in a Russian Business Meeting. I’m John.
Karina: Привет, I'm Karina.
John: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to break the ice in a business meeting by introducing yourself. The conversation takes place at a restaurant.
Karina: It's between Linda and Elena.
John: The speakers are strangers, so they will use formal Russian. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Линда: Добрый день.
Линда: Разрешите представиться, я - Линда Бейкер из ABC.
Елена: Здравствуйте. Приятно познакомиться. Я - Елена Иванова.
Елена: Я менеджер в ОАО "Прогресс".
John: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Линда: Добрый день.
Линда: Разрешите представиться, я - Линда Бейкер из ABC.
Елена: Здравствуйте. Приятно познакомиться. Я - Елена Иванова.
Елена: Я менеджер в ОАО "Прогресс".
John: Listen to the conversation with the English translation
Linda: Good day.
Linda: Let me introduce myself, I’m Linda Baker from ABC.
Elena: Hi, pleased to meet you, I’m Elena Ivanova.
Elena: I'm the manager at OAO "Progress".
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
John: What should we expect in a first meeting in a business scenario in Russia?
Karina: In Russia, first as well as later meetings are usually accompanied by a handshake.
John: So, it’s pretty similar to other countries.
Karina: Right, but don't forget to remove your gloves before shaking hands, as it may look rude not to do so.
John: And finding yourself in this situation could be quite common because of the low average Russian temperatures.
Karina: Right, and also remember that handshakes are widely used among men and when men and women are meeting, but can be skipped when two women are involved.
John: What’s the Russian for “to shake hands”?
Karina: пожать руки (pozhat’ ruki)
John: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
John: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is..
Karina: Добрый день. [natural native speed]
John: Good afternoon.
Karina: Добрый день.[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Karina: Добрый день. [natural native speed]
John: Next we have..
Karina: я [natural native speed]
John: I, me
Karina: я[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Karina: я [natural native speed]
John: Next we have..
Karina: из [natural native speed]
John: from
Karina: из[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Karina: из [natural native speed]
John: Next we have..
Karina: здравствуйте [natural native speed]
John: hello
Karina: здравствуйте[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Karina: здравствуйте [natural native speed]
John: Next we have..
Karina: приятно познакомиться [natural native speed]
John: nice to meet you
Karina: приятно познакомиться[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Karina: приятно познакомиться [natural native speed]
John: Next we have..
Karina: в [natural native speed]
John: in
Karina: в[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Karina: в [natural native speed]
John: Next we have..
Karina: разрешать [natural native speed]
John: to let, to allow
Karina: разрешать[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Karina: разрешать [natural native speed]
John: And last...
Karina: представляться [natural native speed]
John: to introduce yourself
Karina: представляться[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Karina: представляться [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
John: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is..
Karina: представляться
John: meaning "to introduce yourself"
Karina: The verb представляться grammatically consists of two parts - the verb представлять meaning "to introduce somebody," and the reflexive suffix ся which changes any verb into passive.
John: That explains why we translate the verb as “to introduce yourself.” You can use it when you want to introduce yourself.
Karina: The typical form is pазрешите представиться
John: Which is formal.
Karina: Разрешите представиться is usually considered to be a very formal expression and it is not often used by women. Another typical form is давайте представлюсь where ся is changed into сь
John: And it’s informal. Can you give us a sample sentence using this verb?
Karina: Sure. For example, you can say.. Разрешите представиться, я - Владимир.
John: ..which means "Let me introduce myself, I'm Vladimir."
John: Okay, what's the next word?
Karina: OAO
John: meaning "open joint-stock company." There are two types of joint-stock companies in Russia, and the abbreviations for these are usually not translated to English.
Karina: They are OAO which stands for Открытое акционерное общество
John: meaning "open joint-stock company", as we said.
Karina: the other one is ZAO which stands for Закрытое акционерное общество
John: and it means "closed joint-stock company." An OAO is a type of a company where shares may be publicly bought or sold without the permission of other shareholders, the number of which is unlimited. A ZAO is a type of a company where shares are distributed only among a maximum of 50 shareholders. Karina, let’s give a sample sentence, using one of these abbreviations.
Karina: Sure. For example, you can say.. Российское правительство объявило о продаже 20% акций ОАО Роснефть.
John: .. which means "The Russian government announced that it would sell a 20% stake in OAO Rosneft." Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

John: In this lesson, you'll learn about how to break the ice in a business meeting by introducing yourself.
Karina: When you introduce yourself in a business meeting, you give your name first and then add your company name as well.
John: First, let’s see the difference between a general self-introduction in Russian and a self-introduction in a business setting.
Karina: A general self-introduction could be Я - Линда. Приятно познакомиться.
John: which means “I’m Linda. Nice to meet you”
Karina: The pattern is Я followed by your first name and then Приятно познакомиться.
John: Okay, now let’s see a self-introduction in a business setting,
Karina: Я - Линда Бейкер из ABC. Приятно познакомиться.
John: which means “I’m Linda Baker from ABC. Pleased to meet you”
Karina: The pattern is Я, which literally means “I”, followed by your full name, then из which means “from”, followed by the company name, and at the end, Приятно познакомиться.
John: Is there any difference whether it’s a man or a woman introducing themselves?
Karina: The pattern is the same for both male and female workers. You can leave out the preposition из, meaning “from,” for example Я - Линда Бейкер, компания ABC
John: which literally means “I’m Linda Baker, ABC company.” This pattern is the most common one for introducing yourself to people who have a lower, similar, or even higher job position. But what if you would like to introduce yourself, but you can’t find the right timing?
Karina: In that case, you can just be straightforward and, before actually introducing yourself, say that you are going to do it. For example by saying Разрешите представиться, я - Линда Бейкер из ABC. Приятно познакомиться.
John: Which means “Let me introduce myself, I’m Linda Baker from ABC. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”
Karina: Keep in mind that this phrase is very formal and rarely used by women.
John: What do you say if it’s the other person who introduces his or herself first?
Karina: In that case, you can simply reply by introducing yourself as well, for example Приятно познакомиться. Я - Линда Бейкер из ABC.
John: meaning “Nice to meet you. I’m Linda Baker from ABC.”
Karina: The sentence here starts with Приятно познакомиться. and is followed by the full name and the name of the company.
John: To be sure you understood your partner’s name well, it may be nice to repeat it.
Karina: Right, for example Линда, приятно познакомиться. Я - Елена Иванова из компании “Прогресс”.
John: which means “Linda, nice to meet you. I'm Elena Ivanova from “Progress” company.”
Karina: The pattern is the same, you just need to add your partner's name at the beginning
John: Ok, let’s wrap up this lesson with a couple more sample sentences.
Karina: Разрешите представиться, я - Иван Абрамов, ЗАО "Идея". Приятно познакомиться.
John: "Let me introduce myself, I’m Ivan Abramov, ZAO "Ideya." Pleasure to meet you."
Karina: Здравствуйте. Приятно познакомиться. Я - Елена Иванова.
John: "Hi, pleased to meet you, I’m Elena Ivanova. "

Outro

John: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Karina: Пока!

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Try to introduce yourself in Russian!

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thank you for the lesson transcript


Привет, I'm robert


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