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Hello and welcome to Russian Survival Phrases. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Russia. So join us for Russian Survival phrases. You will be surprised at how far a little Russian will go.
In this lesson we’ll introduce you to another useful phrase to find the specific place you are looking for. Today’s phrase is “Is there a (place) near here?”. First we need a place, so let’s use the word “bank”, for example, which means “bank” in English. Let`s hear it again, slowly: bank.
In Russian “Is there a bank near here?” is “Zdes’ pablizasti yest’ bank?”. Let`s break it down by syllable: Zdes’ pab-li-zas-ti yest’ bank? Now, let`s hear it once again: Zdes’ pablizasti yest’ bank?
The first word “zdes’ “ means “here“. Let`s break down this word and hear it one more time: zdes’.
This is followed by “pablizasti”, which in English is “near by”. Let`s break it down by syllable: pab-li-zas-ti and pablizasti.
So to recap here, we have “zdes’ pablizasti”. Literally this means “here near by“.
Let's take a look at the next “yest’ ”, which means “is” or “have” in English. So altogether we have “Zdes’ pablizasti yest’ bank?”. Literally this would mean ”Here near by is a bank?”.
To ask for a different place, we can just replace the word for “bank” with any other word and the phrase works just fine. Let’s try with “24-hour convenience store”, which in Russian is “kruglasutachnyi magazin”. Let`s break it down by syllable: krug-la-su-tach-nyi ma-ga-zin, kruglasutachnyi magazin.
Once you are inside and you are looking for something particular, you can ask “Do you have …?” and then put the item you are looking for: “U vas yest’ …?”. For example if you are looking for caviar, you can ask ”U vas yest’ chornaya ikra?” Let`s break it down by syllable: U vas yest’ chor-na-ya ik-ra? U vas yest’ chornaya ikra? “Do you have caviar?”.
Ok, to close out today`s lesson we'd like for you to practice what we`d just learnt. I will provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for saying it aloud. You'll have a few seconds before I`ll give you the answer. Udachi! That means “good luck”! Ok, here we go!
Is there a bank near here?……..Zdes’ pablizasti yest’ bank?
24-hour convenience store……..kruglasutachnyi magazin
Do you have caviar?……..U vas yest’ chornaya ikra?
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!

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Hello Sophie,


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Please check the Ultimate Russian Pronunciation Guide video series:

https://www.russianpod101.com/index.php?cat=55


There we explain the pronunciation in more depth.

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When you say "-nk" in "банк", do you pronounce n and k separately (which the tip of your tongue touches behind the upper tooth to pronounce "n", and then move your tongue back to pronounce " k"), or change to "ŋ"

sound like in "monkey "? I think it is "ŋ" sound, but it has not mentioned in any pronounce guides and just wondering.