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Привет Всем. С Вами Светлана. Hi everybody! I’m Svetlana.
Welcome to RussianPod101.com’s Русский язык за три минуты. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Russian.
In the last lesson, we learned how to talk about your nationality. In this lesson we are going to learn how to ask about the location in case you are looking for somebody. By the end of this lesson you will be able to say the things like “Where are you?” and reply "I am in the street" for example. I believe it's very useful!
Remember, we learned two forms, formal and informal, to ask where somebody comes from? Today’s question “Where are you?” in Russian is very similar to them. We will use pronouns Вы and Ты to build formal and informal sentences respectively.
So, Let’s start with easier and shorter one. Ты где? You already know the pronoun Ты, you simply need to memorise the interrogative где which literally means where. We need neither verbs nor particles, we just say WHERE YOU or YOU WHERE? In fact there is no strict words order in informal Russian sentence, so you can say either Ты где? or Где ты?
Let's get down to the formal way to ask the location. We simply substitute the pronoun Ты with Вы and add the word Где. Unlike the informal sentence structure, the formal one is more strict, so you’d better put the word ГДЕ before the pronoun.
Где вы? But if you swap them, it will still be understood.
To make it even more polite you might add the verb НАХОДИТЕСЬ which is the equivalent to the english verb “to be” conjugated for the pronoun Вы. So we have:
Где вы находитесь?
[slowly] Где вы находитесь?
Answering this question is super easy! You just say Я which means “I”, add the preposition В which stands for IN and, then add the location. Do you wanna try to answer it?
Say “I am in the shop”. Я в магазине.
[slowly] Я в магазине.
The sentence structure itself is very easy. However, there are so many prepositions in Russian to indicate the location. The most common ones are В, “In” in English, На, English “On” and У “At”. The most difficult part is that the nouns which come after these prepositions will change according to the prepositional case.
The prepositional case is used to designate the place. The nouns will change their endings to: -e and -и
For example:
"I am in the park" Я в парке.
"I am on the street" Я на улице.
"I am at the library" Я у библиотеки.
It looks a bit confusing but I am sure it will come to you naturally with the practise.
Now it’s time for Svetlana’s tips.
As I said there a lot of prepositions in Russian that define the relationships between objects within sentences. But they also affect the spelling of nouns. Luckily most of them have a direct English equivalent. I will come back to the subject of prepositions later in this series.
Okay! In this lesson we learned how to talk about your location. Next time we’ll learn how to talk about you age. So do you want to know how to ask somebody’s age? I’ll be waiting for you in our next Русский язык за три минуты lesson. See you soon. Пока пока!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Tuesday at 10:13 pm
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Hello Ulysses and @Damian,


Thanks for posting.


In case you still have any problems, please contact us at contactus@RussianPod101.com.:wink:


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Ulysses
Monday at 4:39 am
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Damian* my apologies for the incorrect spelling of your name, auto correct at its finest.

Ulysses
Monday at 4:38 am
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Thanks for the clarification Damien. I have reached out to them regarding some consistency between the two. It's easier to use the app instead of having to log in constantly to get to the lessons.

Damian
Sunday at 12:58 pm
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I guess it is because the 3 minute lessons has two sets of lessons...one on videos and the other on audio.

Damian
Sunday at 12:54 pm
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I have the same issue as Ulysses....the 3 Minute Russian is completed on my app but it is at sixty percent on my laptop plus the lessons are different.

I would like to know why..

Thanks.

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Hello Ulysses,


Thank you for posting.

Could you please let us know in detail what you found different

by emailing us at contactus@RussianPod101.com?

That would help us investigate the issue more closely.


Sincerely,

Lena

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Ulysses
Wednesday at 4:39 pm
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Hi Team,


I am wondering why the app and the online website learning materials are different in the same lessons? I'm studying with the 3 minute Russian lessons and they seem to have different lesson material when it comes to using the app or online website. Other than that this is one of the best places I have come across to learn Russian. Keep up the great work!

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Monday at 2:26 pm
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Hi Eric,


Thank you for letting us know the issue about the Word of the day. We'll fix it soon, so that it gives right audio file.


Thank you again,

Jae

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Eric
Sunday at 12:11 pm
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Привет (Hi) RussianPod101:


ooopppssss I made a mistake in my post above. сидение (seat).

The error is ONLY in the first audio clip. The audio says “Mister”.


Эрик (Eric)

Eric
Sunday at 12:03 pm
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Привет (Hi) RussianPod101:


I don't know where to put this, but there is a mistake in the audio for word of the day 3/5/2013. The word is сидение (sitting). The error is ONLY in the first audio clip. The audio says "Mister".


Эрик (Eric)