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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 bus is an important means of transportation. However, before you get on the bus you probably want to confirm if the bus is going to your destination. We can accomplish this by asking "Will this bus go to….?" and then add in a destination. In today’s lesson we’ll use the station “Univermag”, which is “department store” in English.. In Russian “station” is "stantsyya" but for the bus we use the word "astanofka". Let`s break it down by syllable: as-ta-nof-ka. Now, let`s it one more time: astanofka.
So, let`s say, our astanofka which is “the station” is “Univermag” which is “department store”.
So in Russian ”Will this bus go to the station “Department store” is “Etat aftobus yedet da Univermaga?”. Let`s break it down by syllable: E-tat af-to-bus ye-det da U-ni-ver-ma-ga? Now, let`s hear it once again: Etat avftobus yedet da Univermaga?
The first word “etat” means “this”. Let`s break it down by syllable: e-tat and etat. This is followed by “aftobus”, af-to-bus, which in English is “bus”. “Etat aftobus” - “this bus”. So to recap here, we have “etat aftobus”. Literally this means “this bus”. Let's take a look at the next: “yedet do”, which means “goes to”, ye-det do. So altogether we have “Etat aftobus yedet da Univermaga?”. Literally this means “This bus goes to the Department Store?”. This is the literal meaning of this phrase.
The important thing about this phrase to know is that you should rise your intonation at the end of the sentence, since it's a question sentence.
Once you have the right bus, there are few things you need to know about riding the bus. When do you pay? Ok, there is no one rule on how to pay a bus fee in Russia. All depends on where you are staying: whether it`s a big city or a small town. Sometimes you pay directly to the driver while getting on the bus and sometimes there is a person who`s called “kantralyor” in Russian and it is a ticket collector, who sells the tickets inside the bus. So, if the bus is the city or town bus usually you pay the same fee wherever you go. You do not have to worry if you do not have the exact change in coins as the driver or the kantralyor” will give you the exact change.
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!
Will this bus go to the station “Department store?……..Etat aftobus yedet da Univermaga?
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!

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RussianPod101.com
Thursday at 12:13 am
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Hello Fernando,


"кондуктор" is a person who sells tickets

"контролер" is a person who controls if you have a valid ticket and can impose fines.


So, it's different people.


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Fernando
Wednesday at 10:38 am
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Can I say "кондуктор" for "kantralyor" (ticket collector) ?


Why russianpod is not sending e-mail when we got comments reply?

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RussianPod101.com
Wednesday at 7:25 pm
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Hello James,

Right!

We use the Genitive case after preposition ‘до’.


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James
Tuesday at 8:53 pm
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Thanks Elena, yes now understood, as Genitive Case should follow 'до' (before i was thinking accusative as verb of motion)

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RussianPod101.com
Tuesday at 8:28 pm
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Hello James,

It is Genitive case.

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James
Monday at 7:17 pm
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Hi,


Is the sentence "Этот автобус едет до универмага", which case causes универмаг to gain a extra 'a' at the end?


I was thinking this is accusative, but reading my notes inanimate accusative noun ending don't change, so I'm a bit confused.


Thanks for any help!

James

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Tuesday at 11:31 am
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Hi Anders,


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We appreciate your feedback and it will be considered.

By the way, in the Lesson Materials > Vocabulary List, you can "switch off" the romanization.

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Anders
Thursday at 2:31 am
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I think its easier to read when its cyrrelic characters than roman, couldnt it be two pdfs to download one for the people who want the romanized version and one for those who want the cyrillic?

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Rich
Thursday at 4:53 am
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Thanks for this lesson - I always try to take the bus when I am abroad - mainly due to extortionate (and unpredictable!) taxi prices. But it is scary - total immersion in the foreign language world!