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Hi everyone! I’m Alisha.
Welcome to Conversational Phrases!
We’ve found that the best way to learn a language is to speak it from day one! And the best way to start speaking is to learn phrases that you’ll use in real conversations.
In this lesson, we’ll learn conversational phrases to answer the question “What's the matter?” After watching this video, you’ll be able to make complaints and ask someone else if they’re having any issues.
Now, let’s take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue.
В чём дело? (V chyom delo?)
В офисе жарко. (V ofise zharko)
Once more with the English translation.
В чём дело? (V chyom delo?)
“What's the matter?”
В офисе жарко. (V ofise zharko)
“The office is hot.”
First of all you'll need to learn how to say “What's the matter?”
В чём дело? (V chyom delo?)
Listen to it again:
В чём дело?, В чём дело? (V chyom delo?, V chyom delo?)
Now, how do you answer this question?
The pattern is:
В офисе {adjective}. (V ofise {adjective}.)
“The office is {adjective}.”
This Russian sentence literally translates into "In the office [adjective].,” but it means “The office is [adjective].” in English
For example:
“The office is hot.”
В офисе жарко., В офисе жарко. (V ofise zharko, V ofise zharko)

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Can you make a complaint in Russian?