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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 cover renting a cell phone, an indispensable tool for the modern day traveller. In Russia you can rent a phone at many locations including at the airport. So, it may be most convenient for you to just pick one up there. There are many reasons to pick up a cell phone and with the number of public phones decreasing due to lack of use renting a cell phone is becoming an indispensable part of one`s travels.
If you are coming from the States, cell phones won't work, as US phones are on a different frequency than european GSM. In order to rent a phone you will need a passport, credit card and deposit in most cases.
In Russia, “I would like to rent a cell phone” is “Ya khatel by vzyat` na prakat mabil`nyy telefon”. Ya khatel by vzyat` na prakat mabil`nyy telefon. Let`s break it down by syllable: Ya kha-tel by vzyat` na pra-kat ma-bil`-nyy te-le-fon. Now, let`s hear it once again: Ya khatel by vzyat` na prakat mabil`nyy telefon. The first part “ya khatel by” means “I would like”. Let`s break down this sentence and hear it one more time: ya kha-tel by and ya khatel by. This is followed by “vzyat' na prakat”, which in English is “rent”. Vzyat' na prakat. Let`s break it down by syllable: vzyat' na pra-kat. So, to recap here we have: “Ya khatel by vzyat` na prakat”. Literally this means: “I would like to rent”.
Let`s take a look at the next “mabil`nyy telefon” which means “mobile telephone”: ma-bil`-nyy te-le-fon, mabil`nyy telefon.
In this day and age there may be instances when you need to rent more than one phone, such as you may want a phone for each member of the family. In this case you would add the number of phones you want. For example.
“I'd like to rent 2 phones” in Russian it would be: “Ya khatel by vzyat' na prakat dva mabil'nykh telefona”. Ya khatel by vzyat' na prakat dva mabil'nykh telefona.
Now let`s try with the number three. For example.
“I'd like to rent 3 phones” in Russian it would be: “Ya khatel by vzyat' na prakat tri mabil'nykh telefona”. Ya khatel by vzyat' na prakat tri mabil'nykh telefona.
Two important question related to your plan are: are incoming calls free and how much are calls to the US. The phrase: “Are incoming calls free?” is “Fkhadyashchiye zvanki besplatnye?” Fkhadyashchiye zvanki besplatnye? Let`s break it down by syllable: fkha-dya-shchi-ye zvan-ki bes-plat-ny-e? Fkhadyashchiye zvanki besplatnye? The other phrase is: “How much are calls to the US?”. In Russian it would be: “Skol'ka stoit shtoby pazvanit' v Se She A?” Skol'ka stoit shtoby pazvanit' v Se She A? Let`s break it down by syllable: Skol'-ka sto-it shto-by paz-va-nit' v Se She A? Now, let`s hear it once again: Skol'ka stoit shtoby pazvanit' v Se She A? The word for the “US” is “Se She A”. It means “USA”. Let`s break down this word and hear it one more time: Se She A.
To ask about another country or destination simply substitute the word for the US. In the case of England it would be “Angliya”, and altogether it would be: Skol'ka stoit shtoby pazvanit' v Angliyu?
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!
I would like to rent a cell phone……..Ya khatel by vzyat` na prakat mabil`nyy telefon.
Are incoming calls free?……..Fkhadyashchiye zvanki besplatnye?
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!

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Hello Тарык,


Thank you for sharing.😁


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Тарык
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Здравствуйте!)


Я хотел бы написат вам об это урок. Следуюшего месяца я прокат один машина для 3 дня. Я взял у неё и дал потом. Хвотит. Спасибо большой...

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Hello Catherine Bouveyron,


You are welcome!

Please let me know if you have questions about Russian grammar. :)


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Catherine Bouveyron
Monday at 1:27 am
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Thank you Elena for your indications. Glad to have been able to read these grammar explanations. Russian is really tricky! ?

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Hello Catherine Bouveyron,


You can find this grammar here:

https://www.russianpod101.com/lesson/lower-intermediate-s2-15-dont-miss-the-start-of-this-russian-movie/


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Catherine Bouveyron
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“Ya khatel by vzyat' na prakat dva mabil'nykh telefona”. (there is no cyrillic version of this sentence, so let us keep the romanisation)

so rules for names following numbers do not apply to their adjectives?

telefona genitive singular

mabil'nykh genitive plural


strange Russian language! This particularity deserves being mentionned somewhere in the course.