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Yura: Top 25 Russian Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 6: How long have you been studying 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 "How long have you been studying Russian?" In Russian, this is
Svetlana: как долго ты изучаешь русский язык?
Yura: The first word in the question is
Svetlana: как
Yura: "meaning how" in English.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) как
Yura: Listen again and repeat.
Svetlana: как
{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: долго
Yura: meaning long.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) долго
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: долго
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Svetlana: как долго
{pause}
Yura: And next
Svetlana: ты
Yura: meaning you.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) ты
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: ты
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Svetlana: как долго ты
{pause}
Yura: And next
Svetlana: изучаешь
Yura: meaning learn .
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) изучаешь
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: изучаешь
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Svetlana: как долго ты изучаешь
{pause}
And next
Svetlana: русский
Yura: meaning russian .
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) русский
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: русский
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 5 words of the question and repeat.
Svetlana: как долго ты изучаешь русский
{pause}
And next
Svetlana: язык
Yura: meaning language .
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) язык
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: язык
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Svetlana: как долго ты изучаешь русский язык
{pause}
Yura: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question How long have you been studying Russian??
Svetlana: один месяц.
Yura: "For 1 month.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Svetlana: (Slow) один месяц.
{pause}
Yura: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Svetlana: один
Yura: meaning one.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) один
Yura: Now repeat
Svetlana: один
{Pause}
Yura: Next is
Svetlana: месяц
meaning month.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) месяц
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: месяц
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the speaker say, For 1 month., and then repeat.
Svetlana: один месяц.
{pause}
Yura: To expand on the pattern, replace 1 month with year.
Svetlana: год
Yura: year
Svetlana: (slow) год (regular) год
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with year
Svetlana: один год.
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 1 month. Say For year.
{pause}
Svetlana: один год.
Yura: To use a different phrase, replace year with day.
Svetlana: день
Yura: day
Svetlana: (slow) день (regular) день
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with day
Svetlana: один день.
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for year. Say For day.
{pause}
Svetlana: один день.
Yura: To expand on the pattern, replace day with three years.
Svetlana: три года
Yura: three years
Svetlana: (slow) три года (regular) три года
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with three years
Svetlana: один три года .
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the day for three years. Say For three years.
{pause}
Svetlana: один три года .
Yura: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Russia and someone asks you how long you have been studying [language]. You have been studying it for 1 month. Respond to the question.
Svetlana: как долго ты изучаешь русский язык? (five seconds) один месяц.
Yura: Imagine you've been studying it for year Respond to the question.
Svetlana: как долго ты изучаешь русский язык? (five seconds) один год.
Yura: Imagine you've been studying it for day. Answer the speaker's question.
Svetlana: как долго ты изучаешь русский язык? (five seconds) один день.
Yura: Imagine you've been studying it for three years. Respond to the question.
Svetlana: как долго ты изучаешь русский язык? (five seconds) один три года .
Yura: Now you want to ask someone how long -they- have been studying [language]. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Svetlana: как долго ты изучаешь русский язык?
{pause}
Yura: This is the end of Lesson 6

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Please give your answer to the question below!

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Wednesday at 2:47 am
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Hello Jason Wojcik,


This rule is about the usage of the Genitive case.


After 1 - we use Nominative case,

After 2, 3, 4, 22, 23, 24, 32, 33, 34 etc. - we use Genitive singular

After 5...etc. plus 11, 12, 13, 14 (as exception) - we use Genitive plural.


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Jason Wojcik
Tuesday at 4:01 am
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I don't understand how один месяц is one month and X+1 months becomes месяцев. I tried to google this and I can't find the right links for this rule. 😞


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Saturday at 9:54 pm
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Hello ummikulthum,


Wow! I think you know Russian really good 😄

But if you still have some questions please let us know.


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ummikulthum
Thursday at 1:55 am
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Я изучала русский язык 5 лет.

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Tuesday at 1:14 am
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Hello Анни,


The correct sentence will be: "Я изучала русский язык один месяц."


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Анни
Friday at 8:32 am
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Я сбест изучал русский язык один месяц



What’s the correct way to place that sentence together? “I’ve been studying russian for a month”

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Friday at 1:54 pm
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Hello Fernando,


Here is a correct sentence:


"Раньше я изучал шесть месяцев, но я забыл многое."


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Fernando
Tuesday at 12:03 pm
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раньше я изучал шесть месяцы, но я забыл многа.

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Sunday at 7:04 pm
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Hello Catherine Bouveyron,


I can guess the meaning, but [8 days] is [vosem' dney]. :)


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Catherine Bouveyron
Monday at 8:32 pm
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vosem den= 8 days ?