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Learning Russian

Why study Russian?
- Great opportunity to join the 500 million Russian-speaking community worldwide.
- Access to hundreds of Institutions of higher education across CIS member states.
- Getting closer to the great Russian culture and its’ heritage.

Why to study Russian in Belarus?

- Russian language is an official language in Belarus.
- Belarus is a quiet and safe place to live and study.
- The Belarusians are a most tolerant toward people of different nationalities and religious backgrounds.
- Temperate cost of living as compared with other CIS member states.
- Flexible system of educational programmes offered.
- Extra services are offered such as: accommodation, food, sightseeing around Belarus.
- Highly professional teachers.

Programmes:

- Long / short-term courses designed to provide students with basic vocabulary and grammar, speaking and comprehension skills necessary for fluent communication. - Intensive / higher intensive courses focus on professional vocabulary and speech. - Summer courses are designed to equip foreigners with the basics of Russian for everyday life. Number of students per group 6-10.

 
Application Procedure
1. Completed application form.
2. Passport copy.

Pronunciation and grammar

Phrases and words

WEEK 1

1

Russian alphabet.
Pronunciation of vowels and consonants.
Hard and soft sounds.
Simple syllables (consonant + vowel).
Personal pronouns.
Verbs (general).
Ways of saying “hello” and “good-bye”.
“Yes” and “no”
Meeting people.
International words.
Numbers from 1 to 10.
“I have…”

2

Simple syllables (vowel + consonant).
Reading different words.
Words consisting of one or two letters.
Nouns – genders, cases and declensions (in general).
Important phone phrases.
How to be polite: Ways of saying “thank you” and answering it.
Numbers from 11 to 100.
“How do you say “…” in Russian?”
Food: fruit, vegetables, etc.

3

Syllables consisting of 3 letters (2 vowels + consonant).
Important words consisting of three letters.
Adjectives – changing according to the nouns.
Ways of asking “How are you? How’s life?” and answering it.
Numbers from 100 to 1000000.
Shopping: asking “How much?”
“I’d like…”
“I need…”

4

Syllables consisting of 4 letters (3 vowels + consonant).
Prepositions.
Cardinal and ordinal numbers.
Phones and addresses.
Asking “Where? Where from?” and answering it.
Asking the time and answering it.

5

Endings of different parts of speech.
Verbs – Imperative mood.
Interjections.
Asking the way.
Sightseeing.
“Do – don’t do”
“Let’s do …”
“Let’s go to…”
Expressing feelings and emotions.

WEEK 2

6

Stress in Russian – different positions.
Pronouns – possessive, demonstrative and others.
Russian equivalents to:
“This is a …”
“These are …”
“There is a …”
“It is a…”
“I am a…”
Telling and asking about jobs and families.

7

Verbs – present tense.
Verb endings in the present tense.
Russian equivalents to:
“I do – I don’t do”
“I’m doing – I’m not doing”
“I have been doing – I have not been doing”
Daily life.
Staying at the hotel.
Hobbies and pastimes.

8

Verbs – past tense.
Prefixes and endings in the past tense.
Russian equivalents to:
“I did – I didn’t do”
“I was doing – I was not doing”
“I have/had done – I haven’t/hadn’t done”
Telling about past events. Biography.

9

Verbs – future tense.
Prefixes and endings in the future tense.
Russian equivalents to:
“I will do– I won’t do”
“I will be doing – I will not be doing”
“I will have done – I will not have done”
Visiting a café.
Ordering things.
Making appointments.
Plans for the future.

10

Revision of verbs.
Conditionals.
Russian equivalents to:
“If I do…I will”
“If I did…I would”
“If I had done… I would have”
“I wish I were…”
Weather.
Wishes and dreams.
How to congratulate people.

WEEK 3

11

Using adjectives to describe things.
Degrees of comparison.
Words expressing quantities and qualities.
Shopping: buying food, clothes, books, other things.
Speaking about quantities.
Describing people: appearance and character.
Friends and colleagues.
Expressing opinion:
“To my mind…”
“In my opinion…”

12

Constructions with infinitives.
Russian equivalents to gerunds.
Russian equivalents to:
“I saw him cry/crying”
“I want to study”
“It’s easy to study”
“It’s time to study”
“I enjoy studying”
“She is too young/old enough to drive”
“Reading is useful”
Education.
Relax.

13

Participles.
Passive voice.
Reflexive verbs and pronouns.
Russian equivalents to:
“It is sold here”
“I was told…”
“It will be done…”
“A laughing girl”
“A broken chair”
“I have my hair cut”
“I cut myself”
Talking about services.
Visiting a doctor.

14

Adverbs and conjunctions.
Modals.
Russian equivalents to:
“I must/have to…”
“I should/ought to…”
“I can/could/will be able to…”
“I may…”
“I need to…”
“I’d rather…”
“You’d better…”
Constructions with “because, that is why, which, that, but, etc.”
Explaining your choice.
Expressing opinions and feelings using relative clauses.
Discussing likes and dislikes.

15

General revision.
Revision of topics.
Playing different language games.
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