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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 today’s lesson we’ll introduce some more useful phrases for hotels and the like. The first phrase is “What time is checkout?” which in Russian is “Va skol’ka vypiska iz nomera?”. Va skol’ka vypiska iz nomera?. Let`s break it down by syllable: Va skol’-ka vy-pis-ka iz no-me-ra? Now, let`s hear it once again: Va skol’-ka vy-pis-ka iz no-me-ra?
The first word “va skol’ka” means “at what time”. Let`s break down this word and hear it one more time: va skol’-ka and va skol’ka.
This is followed by “vypiska”, which in English is “checkout”: vy-pis-ka and vypiska. So to recap here, we have “va skol’ka vypiska”. Literally this means “At what time checkout”. Let's take a look at the next word “iz”, which means “from”: iz. Then comes “nomera”, which means “room”: no-me-ra and nomera.
So altogether we have “Va skol’ka vypiska iz nomera?”. Literally this means “At what time checkout from room?”.
And there will be times when you need more of certain things.
Let’s try “towels”, for example. In Russian “Can I have some more towels?” is “Mozhna mne eshchyo palatenets?”. Mozhna mne eshchyo palatenets? The only thing that changes is the thing you are looking for. In this case it’s “palatenets”. Let`s break down this word and hear it one more time: pa-la-te-nets and palatenets.
In this sentence the word for towels is “palatenets”.
There are a few more words that might come in handy:
Toothbrush - “Zubnaya shchyotka”
Toothpaste - “Zubnaya pasta”
Shampoo – “Shampun’ ”
Soap – “Myla”
In Russia the electrical system is 220 V. Therefore, we’ll introduce you to crucial phrase that would save some electrical appliances.
In Russian “Do you have a power converter?” is “U vas yest’ transfarmatar?”. U vas yest’ transfarmatar? Let`s break it down by syllable: U vas yest’ tran-sfar-ma-tar?
The first word “u vas” means “you”. Let`s break it down by syllable: u vas. This is followed by “yest’ ”, which in English is “have”: yest’ and yest’. So, to recap here, we have “U vas yest’ …?”. Literally this means “You have..?”. Let's take a look at the next word “transfarmatar” means “power converter”: tran-sfar-ma-tar and transfarmatar.
So altogether we have “U vas yest’ transfarmatar?”. Literally this means “You have converter?”
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!
What time is checkout?……..Va skol’ka vypiska iz nomera?
Can I have more towels?……..Mozhna mne eshchyo palatenets?
Do you have a power converter?......U vas yest’ transfarmatar?
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!

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