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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 you to a phrase that you'll need on several occasions. We all know you'll want to see the sights in Russia, and this phrase is essential to plan your days.
In Russian “What time does it open?” is “Va skol'ka on atkryvaetsa?”.Va skol'ka on atkryvaetsa? Let`s break it down by syllable: Va skol'-ka on at-kry-va-et-sa? Now, let`s hear it once again: Va skol'ka on atkryvaetsa?
The first word “va” means “at”. Let`s break down this word and hear it one more time: va.
This is followed by “skol'ka”, which in English is “What time?”: skol'-ka and skol'ka.
So, to recap here, we have “Va skol'ka…?”. Literally, this means “At what time...?” Let's take a look at the next word “on”, which means “it”: on.
And the last word is “atkryvaetsa”, which means “opens”: at-kry-va-et-sa and atkryvaetsa.
So, altogether we have “Va skol'ka on atkryvaetsa?”. Literally this means: “At what time it opens?”
It's also really important to know when places close. The worst thing to encounter is a “Closed” sign hanging in front of a place you wanted to see. In Russian “What time does time close?” is “Va skol'ka on zakryvaetsa?”. Va skol'ka on zakryvaetsa? Let`s break it down by syllable: Va skol'-ka on zak-ry-va-et-sa? Now, let`s hear it once again: Va skol'ka on zakryvaetsa?
The first word “va” means “at”. Let`s break down this word and hear it one more time: va.
This is followed by “skol'ka”, which in English is “What time?”: skol'-ka and skol'ka. So, to recap here, we have “Va skol'ka…?”. Literally, this means “At what time...?”. Let's take a look at the next word “on”, which means “it”: on.
And the last word is “zakryvaetsa”, which means “closes”: za-kry-va-et-sa and zakryvaetsa. So, all together, we have “Va skol'ka on zakryvaetsa?”. Literally, this means “At what time it closes?”.
We should mention that the Russian word “on” actually means “he” in English. We usually specify the facility when asking about closing or opening hours and instead of “on” we use “magazin”, which is “shop” in English. But when we know the topic, we use the pronoun “on” for male gender words and “ana” for the female gender ones, which,literally in English are “he” and “she” respectively. The answer to both questions would be “At four p.m.” which in Russian is “f chetyre chasa dnya” or just “f chetyre”.
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 does it open?……..Va skol'ka on atkryvaetsa?
What time does time close?……..Va skol'ka on zakryvaetsa?
Alright, that's going to do for today. See you tomorrow, which in Russian is da zaftra!

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