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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.
While most people wouldn't or couldn't step outside without their cell phones, when visiting another country, sometimes it's a little too far for you local carrier. In recent years you can rent a cell phone when you get to Russia. Times of good old fashioned public phones went to oblivion and recently you can find only sad broken traps of it on forgotten by city major streets.
You can always use phones of the accommodation you stopped at to solve your primary business and inform relatives you are safe and sound. But using phones of accommodations for international calls is very expensive. The best way is to check cell phones companies and plans they offer, because few of them can offer very profitable plans for international calls only. Luckily all cell phones have GSM system net. If you have a cell phone fitting the system the only thing you have to get is A-Sim card. Just put it in and call. To charge the balance you have to pay straight to the company or by charging card in shops or kiosks.
Now, before asking for a card you may want to find out if they have the cards. In Russian “Do you have telephone cards?” is “U vas yest' telefonnyye kartachki?”. Let`s break it down by syllable: U vas yest' te-le-fon-nyye kar-tach-ki? Now, let`s hear it once again: U vas yest' telefonnyye kartachki?
The first part “U vas yest’” means “Do you have”. Let`s break down this and hear it one more time: U vas yest and U vas yest.
This is followed by “telefonnyye kartachki”, which in English is “telephone cards”. Let`s break it down by syllable: te-le-fon-nyye kar-tach-ki. Altogether we have: telefonnyye kartachki.
The answer to this will be “Yes”, which is “Da” in Russian, or “No”, which is “Net” in Russian.
In the case, when they have the cards, you’ll want to ask for one of the denominations we talked about. Lets start from a 100 rubles card. Storublyovaya kartachka. In Russian “A 100 rubles telephone card” is “Storublyovaya telefonnaya kartachka”. Let`s break it down by syllable: Sto-rub-lyo-va-ya te-le-fon-na-ya kar-tach-ka. Now, let`s hear it once again: Storublyovaya telefonnaya kartachka.
The first word “storublyovaya” means “of 100 rubles”. Let`s break it down by syllable: sto-rub-lyo-va-ya and storublyovaya.
This is followed by “telefonnaya kartachka”, which in English is “a telephone card”. Let`s break it down by syllable: te-le-fon-na-ya kar-tach-ka and telefonnaya kartachka.
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!
Do you have telephone cards?……..U vas yest' telefonnyye kartachki?
A 100 rubles telephone card……..Storublyovaya telefonnaya kartachka
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!

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