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Yura: Top 25 Russian Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 2: Where are you from in Russian? (In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Russian learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.)
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question "Where are you from?" In Russian this is
Svetlana: ты откуда?
Yura: The first word in the question is
Svetlana: ты
Yura: "meaning you" in English.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) ты
Yura: Listen again and repeat.
Svetlana: ты
{Pause}
Yura: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the English translation, breaking it down by syllable, and then giving it once more at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Svetlana: откуда
Yura: meaning something like where from .
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) откуда
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: откуда
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Svetlana: ты откуда
{pause}
Yura: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question Where are you from??
Svetlana: я из США.
Yura: "I'm from the U.S.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Svetlana: (Slow) я из США.
{pause}
Yura: But let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Svetlana: я
Yura: meaning I.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) я
Yura: Now repeat
Svetlana: я
{Pause}
Yura: Next is
Svetlana: из
Yura: meaning from.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) из
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: из
{Pause}
Yura: And after that
Svetlana: США
Yura: which is the name USA.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) США
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: США
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the speaker say, I'm from the U.S., and then repeat.
Svetlana: я из США.
{pause}
Yura: To expand on the pattern, replace the U.S. with Japan.
Svetlana: Японии
Yura: Japan
Svetlana: (slow) Японии (regular) Японии
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Japan
Svetlana: я из Японии.
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the U.S.. Say I'm from Japan
{pause}
Svetlana: я из Японии.
Yura: To use a different phrase, replace Japan with Germany.
Svetlana: Германии
Yura: Germany
Svetlana: (slow) Германии (regular) Германии
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Germany
Svetlana: я из Германии.
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for Japan. Say I'm from Germany
{pause}
Svetlana: я из Германии.
Yura: To expand on the pattern, replace Germany with China.
Svetlana: Китая
Yura: China
Svetlana: (slow) Китая (regular) Китая
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with China
Svetlana: я из Китая.
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for Germany. Say I'm from China
{pause}
Svetlana: я из Китая.
Yura: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Russia and someone asks you where you're from. You're from the U.S.. Respond to the question.
Svetlana: ты откуда? (five seconds) я из США.
Yura: Now, imagine you're from Japan Respond to the question.
Svetlana: ты откуда? (five seconds) я из Японии.
Yura: Now, imagine you're from Germany. . Answer the speaker's question.
Svetlana: ты откуда? (five seconds) я из Германии.
Yura: Imagine you're from China. Respond to the question.
Svetlana: ты откуда? (five seconds) я из Китая.
Yura: Now you want to ask that person where they're from. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Svetlana: ты откуда?
Yura: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Yura: This is the end of Lesson 2

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Hello Тарык,


Should be - Дагестана (from a capital letter) 👍


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Тарык
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Я из дагестана

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Hello Deusa,


''Я тоже бразильянка'' is correct 👍


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Deusa
Sunday at 6:40 am
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привет


''I'm brazilian too'' in russian is ''Я тоже бразильянка'' or ''мне тоже бразильянка'' ?

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Hello Carlos,


Nice to meet you!

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Carlos
Sunday at 6:31 pm
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Привет!


Я из Мексики.


Я мексиканец.

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Friday at 4:49 am
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Hello Luísa,


You can say:

1. Я из Бразилии (Ya iz Brazilii) - I am from Brazil.

2. Я бразильянка (Ya brazil'yanka) - I am Brazilian.


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Luísa
Sunday at 12:27 pm
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Привет,

I love the lessons. How can I say “I’m from Brazil” And “I’m Brazilian”?


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Hello Aleksander,


Thank you for your comment.

Romania will be Румыния.


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Aleksander
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Hello,

this lesson was really enjoyable,

I'd be very pleased if you could tell me how is Romania said in Russian.

Thanks a lot for everything.