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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 today's lesson we'll cover phrases used for apologizing. Now, as you haven’t quite mastered Russian yet it's probably very prudent to go over the phrases for apologizing as they just might come in handy.
We’ll start with "izvinite" which is "I'm sorry" or "excuse me" in English, izvinite. Let`s break it down by syllable: iz-vi-ni-te. Now, let`s hear it once again: izvinite. This phrase is used to ask for someone's attention, like, for example, when you want to ask the name of the street, you can put izvinite at the beginning of the phrase. You can also use izvinite as an apology for bumping into people. Now, what if someone says this to you? It depends on the context. If someone for example stepped on your foot and said izvinite you may answer "nichivo strashnava" which means "it's nothing".
When sympathizing with someone the phrase "Mne ochen zhal`" -"I am very sorry" can be used. You can also use this phrase when you are not able to fulfill someone's request but rather on formal occasions.
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 give you the answer. Udachi! That means “good luck”! Ok, here we go!
Excuse me, sorry……..izvinite
It`s nothing, informal………….nichivo strashnava
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!

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Hello Bill Fox


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You mean you want us to translate “I mean no disrespect”? :smile:


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RussianPod101.com
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Hello Alex,


You are welcome. :smile:


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Bill Fox
Wednesday at 12:59 am
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Hope this isn't too off topic - and I'd ask Russian if I had a Cyrillic keyboard - but how would one say, "I mean no disrespect".

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Tuesday at 3:11 pm
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Hello Eliana,


Thank you for your report, I'll forward the issue to the correspondent team and it'll be fixed very soon.

In the meantime, you can check this lesson under our Survival Phrases series:


https://www.russianpod101.com/2008/09/01/survival-phrases-10-apologies-im-sorry/

Sorry for the inconvenience.


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Eliana
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This lesson is not working...

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Alex
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Balshoye spasiba :smile:

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Peyton
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Hi Alex,


Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. We have fixed the problem, and apologize for any inconvenience. Please let us know if you should ever have any other issues.


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Peyton

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Alex
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i get this message "error opening file" for the first audio file in this lesson :sad:

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genevieve franklin
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nice lesson, many of your lessons are lovely and useful.thank you so much