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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.
Today we'll cover getting by at the table. First you may have to get a hold of the staff. You can accomplish this by saying: "Izvinite, pazhalusta" which means "Excuse me, please". Izvinite, pazhalusta. I`ll break it down for you: Iz-vi-ni-te, pa-zha-lus-ta. Let`s hear it once again: Izvinite, pazhalusta.
Once as the waiter or waitress comes to your table, you can go with the standard point and say "This, please". In Russian "This, please" is "Eta, pazhalusta". Let`s break it down by syllable: E-ta, pa-zha-lus-ta. Now, let`s hear it once again: Eta, pazhalusta. The first word "eta" means "this". Let`s break it down: e-ta and eta. This is followed by "pazhalusta", which in English is "please": pa-zha-lus-ta and pazhalusta.
Now if you're feeling ambitious, you could go for "What do you recommend?". In Russian "What do you recommend?" is "A shto vy pasavetuete?". Let`s break it down by syllable: A shto vy pa-sa-ve-tu-e-te? Now, let`s hear it once again: A shto vy pasavetuete? Let`s break it down and hear the first part of this sentence: "a shto". "A shto" means "and what". The second part is "vy pasavetuete" which means "you will recommend". A shto vy pasavetuete?
In Russian "Water, please" is "Vodu, pazhalusta". Let`s hear it one more time: Vodu, pazhalusta. Let`s break it down by syllable: Vo-du, pa-zha-lus-ta.
The first word is "vodu" which means "water". The second word is "pazhalusta" which means "please".
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!
Excuse me, please……..Izvinite, pazhalusta
This, please……….Eta, pazhalusta
What do you recommend?..............A shto vy pasavetuete?
Water, please………………..Vodu, pazhalusta
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!