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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 Russian “thank you” is “спасибо”. Let`s break it down by syllable: spa-si-ba. Now, let`s hear it once again: spasiba.
For very special occasions when someone goes above and beyond the call of being kind, when someone is extremely generous, or for any other time you're extremely grateful, we have the following phrase to express extreme gratitude. In Russian formal way of expressing gratitude is: “благодарю Вас”. Let`s break it down by syllable: bla-ga-da-ryu Vas. Now, let`s hear it once again: “blagadaryu Vas”. The first word blagadaryu means "I am thankful or grateful". Let`s break down this word and hear it one more time: bla-ga-da-ryu and blagadaryu. To reproduce this Russian consonant "r" in blagadaryu you should roll your "r"'s. The Russian "r" resembles to Italian or Spanish “r”, but even if you don't roll it properly you will be easily understood anyway. This is followed by the polite "you" which in Russian is vy but in this sentence we use vas. So in English it would be something like "I am grateful or thankful to you".
Not many Russians know that the origin of the word spasiba came from 2 words: “spasi” which means “save” and “Bog” which means “God”. So, the meaning of it is: “May God keep you safe”, which was an old way of expressing gratitude. So, surprise your Russian friends by asking them the origin of the word spasiba.
So, to thank you for listening this lesson I will say to you: “Spasiba za vnimaniye”, which means “Thank you for your attention”.
The second expression blagadaryu Vas is more formal, so you can use it whenever somebody has done something important for you while shopping or in restaurants, for example, it is more natural to use “spasiba” to thank for the services.
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 an answer. Udachi! That means “good luck”! Ok, here we go!
Thank you, informal……..Spasiba, spa-si-ba
Thank you, formal……….Blagadaryu Vas, bla-ga-da-ryu Vas, blagadaryu Vas
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!