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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Must-Know Russian Social Media Phrases Season 1. Lesson 6 - An Unfortunate Accident.
Eric: Hi everyone, I'm Eric.
Elena: And I'm Elena.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to post and leave comments in Russian about an accident. Marina accidentally breaks her mobile phone, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment-
Elena: Телефон сломался...
Eric: Meaning - "My phone is broken..." Listen to a reading of the post and the comments that follow.

Lesson conversation

(clicking sound)
Марина: Телефон сломался...
(clicking sound)
Паша: Его можно починить.
Ира: Как это случилось?
Оксана: Хороший повод купить новый.
Аня: Все, что не делается-все к лучшему!
Eric: Listen again with the English translation.
(clicking sound)
Марина: Телефон сломался...
Eric: "My phone is broken..."
(clicking sound)
Паша: Его можно починить.
Eric: "It can be repaired."
Ира: Как это случилось?
Eric: "How did it happen?"
Оксана: Хороший повод купить новый.
Eric: "It's a good reason to buy a new one."
Аня: Все, что не делается-все к лучшему!
Eric: "Things work out for the best."
POST
Eric: Listen to Марина (Marina)'s post again.
Elena: Телефон сломался...
Eric: "My phone is broken..."
Elena: (SLOW) Телефон сломался... (Regular) Телефон сломался...
Eric: Let's break this down. First is a word meaning "phone."
Elena: Телефон (Telefon)
Eric: You can use this word when talking about mobile, home, or public phones. In daily conversation, you can also use it to mean "phone number." For example, "Give me your phone number" in Russian is..
Russian: Дай мне свой телефон (Day mne svoy telefon).
Eric: Listen again. "Phone" is...
Elena: (SLOW) Телефон (Telefon) (REGULAR) Телефон (Telefon)
Eric: Then comes the verb "broken."
Elena: сломался (slamalsya)
Eric: In Russian, you can also use this verb to talk about someone who has lost his or her strength, will, or power, or someone who is physically or mentally weak. You can find this verb in Russian expressions, for example..
Elena: Он сломался (on slomalsya).
Eric: which means “He cracked under the pressure” or “He’s sick from the pressure.” Listen again. "Broken" is...
Elena: (SLOW) сломался (slamalsya) (REGULAR) сломался (slamalsya)
Eric: All together, "My phone is broken..."
Elena: Телефон сломался...
COMMENTS
Eric: In response, Марина (Marina)'s friends leave some comments.
Eric: Her boyfriend, Паша (Pasha), uses an expression meaning "It can be repaired."
Elena: (SLOW) Его можно починить. (REGULAR) Его можно починить.
[Pause]
Elena: Его можно починить.
Eric: Use this expression to give advice.
Eric: Her neighbor, Ира (Ira), uses an expression meaning "How did it happen?"
Elena: (SLOW) Как это случилось? (REGULAR) Как это случилось?
[Pause]
Elena: Как это случилось?
Eric: Use this expression to show that you are worried about something that happened.
Eric: Her high school friend, Оксана (Oksana), uses an expression meaning "It's a good reason to buy a new one."
Elena: (SLOW) Хороший повод купить новый. (REGULAR) Хороший повод купить новый.
[Pause]
Elena: Хороший повод купить новый.
Eric: Use this expression to be supportive.
Eric: Her boyfriend's high school friend, Аня (Anya), uses an expression meaning "Things work out for the best."
Elena: (SLOW) Все, что не делается-все к лучшему! (REGULAR) Все, что не делается-все к лучшему!
[Pause]
Elena: Все, что не делается-все к лучшему!
Eric: Use this expression to show you are feeling optimistic.

Outro

Eric: Okay, that's all for this lesson. If a friend posted something about an accident, which phrase would you use? Leave a comment letting us know, and we'll see you next time!
Elena: Пока (Paka)

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