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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.
The phrase covered in this lesson is related to the phrase "How much?” which in Russian is "Skol’ka stoit?". We also introduced “How much is this?” which is "Skol’ka eta stoit?", and "How much is that?" – “A eta skol’ka stoit?”. Now, when you come to Russia one of the most interesting and fun things to do is haggle at the market! So when you're at the market and talking prices, there is another phrase that will come in very handy! That phrase is "Lower the price, please."
In Russian "Lower the price, please." is "Deshevle mozhna?". Let`s break it down by syllable: De-shev-le mozh-na?. Now, let`s hear it once again: Deshevle mozhna?
Don’t forget to raise the intonation at the end, since it is a question. The first word "deshevle" means "cheaper". Let`s break it down by syllable and hear it one more time: de-shev- le and deshevle. This is followed by "mozhna", which in English is "can", mozh-na and mozhna". So if we translate in English literally this would be "Cheaper can?".
Another phrase that can be used in combination with this is “too expensive” which in Russian is "slishkam doraga". Let`s break it down by syllable: slish-kam do-ra-ga. So, “slishkam” which is “too much” or “too many” and “doraga” which is “expensive”. Slish-kam, slishkam. Do-ra-ga. Slishkam doraga, too expensive.
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!
Lower the price, please.……..Deshevle mozhna?,
too expensive……..slishkam doraga
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!


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Thursday at 06:24 PM
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Alex, I speak a bit of French - I'm out of practice, though!

мой любимый композитор - Чайковский. А по-моему Шопен - отличный композитор!

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Un peu de Francais??? :smile:

Friday at 02:57 PM
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Do you speak both French and Russian? I see you play the piano, boy I wish I could play the piano.

Я обожаю Шопена а ты Rich? Кто твой любимый композитор ?

Wednesday at 08:58 PM
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Very strange, I noticed the French in iTunes as well! They just want us to broaden our cultural horizons beyond Russia... :wink:

Wednesday at 04:49 AM
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:lol:C'est quoi, ça? C'est justement pas le poisson d'avril

Tuesday at 10:29 AM
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Que veux-tu dire?