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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 Russian big cities such as Moscow or St. Petersburg, riding the rail is one of the best ways to get around. The subway is a convenient way to get to where you are going. In Russia one can buy train tickets at a ticket gate window or in a vending machine.
Let's work on getting the ticket or rather the metro card, for example, for 2 journeys, from the gate window.
The metro card in Russian is "praeznoi bilet". Let`s break it down by syllable: pra-ez-no-i bi-let, praeznoi bilet.
We can accomplish this by asking "praeznoi bilet na desyat' paezdak, pazhalusta", which means "a metro card for 10 journeys, please".
Once on the platform, you may want to confirm the train you are about to board is heading the right way. So, in Russian "Will this train go to..." and then you put a location is: "Etat poezd yedet da stantsyi “Univermag”? .So, in English it would be: "Does this train go to the 'Department Store' station?". Let`s break it down by syllable: e-tat po-ezd ye-det da stan-tsy-i “U-ni-ver-mag?. Now, let`s hear it once again: Etat poezd edet da stantsyy “Univermag”?
The first 2 words "etat poezd" mean "this train". Let`s break it down by syllable: e-tat po-ezd, and etat poezd.
This is followed by "yedet", which in English is "go". Let`s break it down by syllable: ye-det and yedet. So to recap here we have "etat poezd yedet" Literally it means: "this train goes".
Let's take a look at the next "da stantsyi". We have 2 words here: "da" (do) and "stantsyi", "da stantsyi". Let`s break it down by syllable: da (do) stan-tsy-i, da stantsyi, which literally means "until the station".
After the word "stantsyi" just put the name of the station you are going to and raise the intonation at the end since it is a question. "Etat poezd yedet da stantsyi..." and then add the desired station.
Tips about riding a train.
Metro is the most comfortable and the most speedy transportation in big cities like, for example, in Moscow. You can get by metro to every location of the city. In the center it`s easier to have walking though. Use metro only when you need to get far points of your travels in the city . The Moscow metro stations are the most beautiful underground places in the world. There are many pictures, statues, monuments. When you will be underground look around for the interesting pictures of the metro style. You can buy the metro card in every metro station. Buy a card for 10 journeys at least. And in this way you'll save some money. Since January 1, 2007 , one journey costs 17 rubles, which is about 50 euro cents. I buy the card for 20 journeys usually and it costs around 250 rubles, so about 7 euros and 20 cents. There are cards for 60 journeys as well. You should get the card in the special automatic machine at the entrance of the metro.
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!
Does this train go to the 'Department Store' station?……..Etat poezd yedet da stantsyi “Univermag”?
a metro card for 10 journeys, please ……...praeznoi bilet na desyat' paezdak, pazhalusta
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!