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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.
So, you are in Russia. As a tourist, you will be compelled to visit a lot of shops, restaurants, and maybe even private homes to get a feel of Russian culture and to taste the food. Today, we're going to learn phrases you'll hear when entering a business establishment or visiting a person you are in a rather formal relationship with.
The polite greeting you'll hear when entering a place of business or somebody's home for the first time is "Dabro pazhalavat`!'" and it means "Welcome!" Let`s break it down by syllable: Dab-ro pa-zha-la-vat` and Dabro pazhalavat`. There's no sense in remembering these two words separately, as they make a stable phrase that can't possibly have any variations. You'll hear this a dozen times as you walk into different stores and restaurants. You'll get tired of hearing it, but it would be nice if you could acknowledge the person welcoming you with a smile. And if you want to say something, just say "thank you", which is "spasiba", spa-si-ba, spasiba, "thank you".
Saying "hello" is also acceptable in response to "welcome", especially when you wish to start a conversation with the staff right away. "Hello" in Russian will be "zdrastvuyte", zdra-stvuy-te, zdrastvuyte. So to recap here, we can make a short dialogue: "Dabro pazhalavat'" - "Spasiba", or "Dabro pazhalavat'" - "zdrastvuyte", and then you ask the staff whatever you need according to the situation. Responding to the greeting on a private visit would also be "spasiba", ("thank you").
When leaving a place of business or somebody's home, you will hear the polite parting words "prihadite yeshchyo", which means "come again". The first word "prihadite" means "come" and we use it in a polite form; therefore, we don't have to add words like "please" here. Let`s break it down by syllable: pri-ha-di-te, prihadite. The next word is "yeshchyo", which literally means "more", but in our case we translate it as "again". Let`s break it down: ye-shchyo, eyshchyo.
So to recap here, we have "prihadite yescho", ("come again"). To respond to this, all you have to say is "thank you" again, which is "spasiba". Remember these phrases, as you might also want to use them when inviting some people over to your place to show your hospitality as well as your knowledge of Russian and its cultural nuances.
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!
Welcome!……..Dabro pazhalavat`!'
Thank you……….spasiba
Come again…….prihadite yescho
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!

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Tuesday at 02:50 PM
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I doubt I'll ever get tired of hearing "welcome"! lol