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Yura: Top 25 Russian Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 7: Where did you learn 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 did you learn Russian?" In Russian this is
Svetlana: где ты изучал русский язык?
The first word in the question is
Svetlana: где
Yura: meaning "where" in English.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) где
Yura: Listen again and repeat.
Svetlana: где
{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: ты
Yura: meaning you.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) ты
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: ты
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Svetlana: где ты
{pause}
Yura: And next
Svetlana: изучал
Yura: meaning learn.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) изучал
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: изучал
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Svetlana: где ты изучал
{pause}
Yura: And next
Svetlana: русский
Yura: meaning Russian.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) русский
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: русский
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Svetlana: где ты изучал русский
{pause}
Yura: And next
Svetlana: язык
Yura: meaning language.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) язык
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: язык
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Svetlana: где ты изучал 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 Where did you learn Russian??
Svetlana: я изучал его в школе
Yura: "I learned it in school." Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Svetlana: (Slow) я изучал его в школе
{pause}
Yura: 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: изучал
meaning learned.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) изучал
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: изучал
{Pause}
Yura: And next
Svetlana: его
meaning something like it.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) его
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: его
{Pause}
Yura: And next
Svetlana: в
Yura: meaning in.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) в
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: в
{Pause}
Yura: And after that
Svetlana: школе
meaning school.
Svetlana: (Slow, by syllable) школе
Yura: Now repeat.
Svetlana: школе
{Pause}
Yura: Listen to the speaker say, I learned it in school., and then repeat.
Svetlana: я изучал его в школе
{pause}
Yura: To make another phrase, replace in school with by myself.
Svetlana: сам
Yura: by myself
Svetlana: (slow) сам (regular) сам
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with by myself
Svetlana: я изучал его сам
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace in school. Say I learned it by myself.
{pause}
Svetlana: я изучал его сам
Yura: To use a different phrase, replace by myself with at home.
Svetlana: дома
Yura: at home
Svetlana: (slow) дома (regular) дома
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with at home
Svetlana: я изучал его дома
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for by myself. Say I learned it at home.
{pause}
Svetlana: я изучал его дома
Yura: To expand on the pattern, replace at home with in Russia.
Svetlana: в России
Yura: in Russia
Svetlana: (slow) в России (regular) в России
Yura: Listen to the phrase again, this time with in Russia.
Svetlana: я изучал его в России
Yura: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for at home. Say I learned it in Russia.
{pause}
Svetlana: я изучал его в России
Yura: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Russia and someone asks you where you learned Russian. You learned Russian in school. Respond to the question.
Svetlana: где ты изучал русский язык? (five seconds) я изучал его в школе
Yura: Now, imagine you learned it by myself. Respond to the question.
Svetlana: где ты изучал русский язык? (five seconds) я изучал его сам
Yura: Imagine you learned it at home. Answer the speaker's question.
Svetlana: где ты изучал русский язык? (five seconds) я изучал его дома
Yura: Imagine you learned it at in Russia. Respond to the question.
Svetlana: где ты изучал русский язык? (five seconds) я изучал его в России
Yura: Now you want to ask someone where they learned Russian. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Svetlana: где ты изучал русский язык?
{pause}
Yura: This is the end of Lesson 7.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Wednesday at 2:06 am
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Hello Magnus,


Pronunciation of what word is different? 😄

Also I didn't understand the questions about [я] and [ы].😳


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Magnus
Thursday at 12:41 am
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Русский язык очень сложный.

Русский - мой родной язык.


It seems to me there is a big difference in pronunciation of the word like Jazik and Jizik? The stress also seemс to differ from Я то ы?


Is i so?

Thanks in advance.

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Wednesday at 2:36 am
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Hello Ери,


You can say: "Я изучала его сама" 😄


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Ери
Thursday at 12:18 pm
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HI!

Я изучал его сам.

but I am a girl, shouldn't изучал be изучала for me and the recorded female voice?

Я изучала его сам?

Or is this explained somewhere in this lesson page and I haven't found it yet???

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Tuesday at 3:24 am
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Hello Christophe,


The word "дома" is a bit special. It means "at home", not "home", so it already includes preposition in itself.

"дома" means "at home".

"в доме" means "in the house"


to learn - учить, изучать

school - школа


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Christophe
Saturday at 7:49 pm
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Hello RussianPod101.com,

I have several questions questions for you.


1. In this sentence: 'Я изучал его дома'.

Why is there no proposition in front of 'дома' (for example 'в дома)? '. Is 'дома' the prepositional form for 'дом' even if there is no preposition?


2. What are the dictionnary forms for these 2 words: to learn and a school?


Kind regards,

Christophe

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Friday at 2:43 pm
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Hello Fernando,


"Первый раз я купил книгу и я изучал его сам и со своей женой.

Потом я нашел этот курс, который мне много помогает."


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Hi Albert,


The Lesson Transcript has been updated. Please check it :)


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Fernando
Saturday at 1:56 am
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Первый раз я купил книгу я изучал его сам и с моей женой.

Потом я нашел это курс который помощь меня многа.

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Hello Albert,


Thank you for letting us know. We will review the audio and lesson transcript.


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