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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 Russia riding the rails is one of the best ways to get around. Not only locally, but also for long distance destinations. In fact, travelling by train is one of the best ways to see everything Russia has to offer. In Russia one can usually buy train tickets at the ticket gate window. When travelling long distances there are several types of tickets, which we’ll take a look at in a minute. But first let’s work on the first asking for the ticket. We can accomplish this by asking: “Ticket to a destination, please!”. Now, of course we need a destination. So, let’s use the city of Saint Petersburg, for example. Let`s say the city name one more time: Sankt Piterburg. The city is located in the North-West of Russia and is well-known for its beautiful and unique architecture. So, to ask for one ticket to “Sankt Piterburg” in Russian is “Adin bilet da Sankt Piterburga, pazhalusta” -“One ticket to Saint Petersburg, please”. Now, let`s hear it one more time: Adin bilet da Sankt Piterburga, pazhalusta.
The first two words “adin bilet” mean “one ticket”. Let`s break it down by syllable: a-din bi-let and adin bilet.
This is followed by “da Sankt Piterburga”, which in English is “to Saint Petersburg”. Let`s break it down by syllable: da Sankt Pi-ter-bur-ga, da Sankt Piterburga.
This is followed by “pazhalusta”, which in Russian is “please”. Let`s break it down by syllable: pa-zha-lus-ta. “Adin bilet da Sankt Piterburga, pazhalusta.”
Now if you want to buy more than one ticket, for example if you wanted to buy 2 tickets, you can accomplish this by saying “Dva bileta da Sankt Piterburga, pazhalusta”. Let`s break it down by syllable: Dva bi-le-ta da Sankt Pi-ter-bur-ga, pa-zha-lus-ta. Dva bileta da Sankt Piterburga, pazhalusta.
Notice that we substitute “adin bilet”, which is “one ticket”, with “dva bileta”, which is “two tickets” in Russian.
There are first class seats, second class seats and third class seats. Once we have established the destination, it is time to select the type of seat you want. In Russia “first class” is “spal’nyy vagon”. Let`s break it down by syllable: spal’-ny-y va-gon, altogether we have: spal’nyy vagon. Now, let`s hear it once again: spal’nyy vagon. The first word “spal’nyy” means “for sleeping”. Let`s break down this word and hear it one more time: spal’-ny-y. This is followed by “vagon”, which in English is “wagon”. Let`s break it down by syllable: va-gon, and vagon. So, altogether we have: spal’nyy vagon. Literally this means “a wagon to sleep”.
Long distance trains within Russia and the former Soviet Republics have three main classes. All designed for both daytime and overnight travel given the distances covered by many trains.
The second class in Russian would be “kupe”. Let`s break it down by syllable: ku-pe and kupe.The second class in Russian would be “kupe”.
And a third class seat is “platskartnyy”. Let`s break it down by syllable: plats-kart-nyy, platskartnyy.
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 an answer. Udachi! That means “good luck”! Ok, here we go!
One ticket to Saint Petersburg, please……..Adin bilet da Sankt Piterburga, pazhalusta.
Two tickets to Saint Petersburg, please……..Dva bileta da Sankt Piterburga, pazhalusta.
first class …….spal’nyy vagon
second class…..kupe
third class…..platskartnyy
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!

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