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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.
Table manner are a must wherever you go! In this lesson we'll cover some basic table etiquette when sitting down for a meal in Russia.
Before beginning a meal is polite to say "Priyatnava apetita!" which roughly translates to "Have a good appetite!", Priyatnava apetita!. Let`s break it down by syllable: Pri-yat-na-va a-pe-ti-ta!, Priyatnava apetita!
The first word "priyatnava" means "pleasant" or “agreeable”. Let`s break it down by syllable: pri-yat-na-va and priyatnava.
This is followed by "apetita", which in English is "appetite": a-pe-ti-ta. Altogether we have: Priyatnava apetita!
And as Russia is known for its great food, you are bound to get some truly great food, and therefore need the word for delicious! In Russian "This is delicious" is "Eta ochen` fkusna!". Let`s break it down by syllable: E-ta o-chen` fkus-na, Eta ochen` fkusna. The first word is “eta” which means “this”. The second word is “ochen`” which is “very”. And the third one is “fkusna” which is “delicious”. Eta ochen` fkusna - This is very delicious.
Before the meal begins, and perhaps throughout, there may be a toast!
In Russian "Cheers!" is "Na zdarov`e". Let`s break it down by syllable: Na zda-rov`e. Now, let`s hear it once again: Na zdarov`e. Literally it means: “For your health!”. The first important thing while clicking the glasses is that you should look in the eyes of the other person. The second thing is that you shouldn't put the glass on the table after clicking the glasses before drinking from it. And the third one - you should not keep the empty bottle of vodka on the table, but you should put it on the floor. So, if you pour the last bit you should put it on the floor.
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!
Have a good appetite! or Have a nice meal!……..Priyatnava apetita!
This is delicious……….Eta ochen` fkusna!
Cheers!.........Na zdarov`e
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Thanks for another great survival phrases podcast! Will come in handy on my trip to Moscow next year... :smile: Looking forward to the next Newbie lesson too - really enjoying the podcasts guys, thanks for helping us so much with our Russian! :grin:

Thursday at 01:54 AM
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Приятного аппетита.... from приятный + аппетит... the endings change to the genitive case because appetite is an indefinite object (no action being done to "appetite", but there is an implied verb (a wish for and to a good appetite)).

))) it would be helpful in these lessons if the grammar of words was more explicit. But, otherwise a great lesson! Thank you!

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Tuesday at 03:21 AM
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Hello Jason,

"Ura" means "Hooray"

"na zdarov’ye" meana "you are welcome".

The usage is the same as in English language. 😄


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Saturday at 02:01 PM
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Is there a difference between "na zdarov’ye" and "ura"? like a different time to use them? thanks

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Thursday at 09:25 PM
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Hello annoynmous,

Thank you for your comment :smile:


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Wednesday at 02:21 AM
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Have a good mean? Haha, nice website anyways helps me learn fast :)

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Friday at 12:06 PM
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Hello Иосиф,

Thank you for your question.

Unfortunately, there is a mistake in audio. Audio should be “На здоровье” (na zdarov’ye!). :disappointed:

We are working on it now.


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Saturday at 03:27 AM
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I am having trouble understanding why the audio says "На здоровье" (na zdarov'ye!) when reading from the transcript which says "За здоровье!" (Za zdarov'ye!).

Is this another special rule, that "За" is pronounced as "На"?

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Friday at 01:16 AM
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Hello Denis,

It`s because of pronunciation rules. Basically [ogo] should be pronounced as [ava], priyatnava. But of course there are few exceptions from this rule.


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Saturday at 01:13 AM
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in the word приятного the word is pronounced priyatnavo rather than priyatnago.....why does the g change to v?

Thank you. i am enjoying the lessons very much.

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Wednesday at 05:10 PM
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Hello Ronaldo,

If you drink to someone's health, you can say the following:

"За ваше здоровье!!!"

"Я пью за ваше здоровье!!!"

"За здоровье ваших родителей!!!"

So you should use "за здоровье".

“На здоровье” is used in the following conversation:

- Спасибо! (Thank you!)

- На здоровье! (You are welcome!). So it has a meaning: "you are welcome".


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