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Yura: Top 25 Russian Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 5: Do you speak 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 "Do you speak Russian?" In Russian, this is
Svetlana: ты говоришь по-русски?
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 translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again 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: говоришь
Yura: meaning speak.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) говоришь
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: говоришь
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Svetlana: ты говоришь
{pause}
Yura: And next
Svetlana: по
Yura: meaning something like in.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) по
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: по
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Svetlana: ты говоришь по
{pause}
Yura: And next
Svetlana: русски
Yura: meaning russian .
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) русски
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: русски
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Svetlana: ты говоришь по русски
{pause}
Yura: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question Do you speak Russian??
Svetlana: да, я говорю немного.
Yura: "Yes, I speak a little.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Svetlana: (Slow) да, я говорю немного.
{pause}
Yura: To say "no", in a simple way, just say:
Svetlana: нет я не говорю по-русски.
Yura: Which is like saying no i don`t. in English. Let's hear it slowly.
Svetlana: (Slowly) нет я не говорю по-русски.
Yura: And one more time at normal speed:
Svetlana: нет я не говорю по-русски.
Yura: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Svetlana: да
Yura: meaning yes.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) да
Yura: Now repeat
Svetlana: да
{Pause}
Yura: And after that
Svetlana: я
meaning I.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) я
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: я
{Pause}
Yura: And next
Svetlana: говорю
meaning speak.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) говорю
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: говорю
{Pause}
Yura: And after that
Svetlana: немного
meaning something like a little.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) немного
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: немного
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the speaker say, Yes, I speak a little., and then repeat.
Svetlana: да, я говорю немного.
{pause}
Yura: To expand on the pattern, replace a little with fluently.
Svetlana: свободно
Yura: fluently
Svetlana: (slow) свободно (regular) свободно
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with fluently
Svetlana: да, я говорю свободно .
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace a little. Say Yes, I speak fluently.
{pause}
Svetlana: да, я говорю свободно .
Yura: To make another phrase, replace fluently with a little .
Svetlana: чуть-чуть
Yura: a little
Svetlana: (slow) чуть-чуть (regular) чуть-чуть
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with a little
Svetlana: да, я говорю чуть-чуть .
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for fluently. Say Yes, I speak a little .
{pause}
Svetlana: да, я говорю чуть-чуть .
Yura: To use a different phrase, replace a little with so so .
Svetlana: так себе
Yura: so so
Svetlana: (slow) так себе (regular) так себе
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with so so
Svetlana: да, я говорю так себе.
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for a little . Say Yes, I speak so so .
{pause}
Svetlana: да, я говорю так себе.
Yura: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Russia and someone asks you if you speak Russian . You want to answer that you speak a little. Respond to the question.
Svetlana: ты говоришь по-русски? (five seconds) да, я говорю немного.
Yura: Now you want to answer that you speak fluently Respond to the question.
Svetlana: ты говоришь по-русски? (five seconds) да, я говорю свободно .
Yura: You want to answer that you speak a little . . Answer the speaker's question.
Svetlana: ты говоришь по-русски? (five seconds) да, я говорю чуть-чуть .
Yura: Now you want to answer that you speak so so . Respond to the question.
Svetlana: ты говоришь по-русски? (five seconds) да, я говорю так себе.
Yura: Now you want to know ask someone if they speak Russian. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Svetlana: ты говоришь по-русски?
{pause}
Yura: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Svetlana: ты говоришь по-русски?
{pause}
Yura: This is the end of Lesson 5

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thank you for the vocabulary list


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Sunday at 10:55 pm
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Да, я говорю так себе!)

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Hello али,


I corrected your sentence a little bit:


"Ты говоришь по-русски?

Да, я говорю чуть-чуть."


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али
Friday at 4:29 am
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ты гаваришь по-русский ?

да, я гаварю чуть-чуть.

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я говорю чуть-чуть

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Hello Clinton,


говорю - I speak

говоришь - you speak (singular)


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Clinton
Sunday at 6:58 am
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Я гаворю немного.


What is the difference between Говорю and Говоршь?