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Yes. But actually Poznaniya is how they refer to the city of Poznan in Poland (not Russia). In German it is called Posen.

(01-10-2017 03:07 AM)Sooth Wrote: [ -> ]I've been chipping away at this whenever I have time. It's very exciting when you start being able to pick out words in sentences that used to be total gibberish.

I heard the word познания and remembered hearing something similar before. I remembered it from Rooshes own Poznan Institute.

On looking, Poznan is a place - but познания (Poznaniya) translates to "knowledge, learning, experience".

How very fitting.
(01-04-2017 09:57 AM)AkiKinnunen Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-05-2016 04:03 PM)Siberian Wrote: [ -> ]If anybody is planning on heading to Novosibirsk, let me know. I'm an American living here and I know my way around, and have friends here that can help you out with logistics.

How is the temperature there by now? -40 C? Ha ha just kidding.
Are you friends with Philip Philocko by chance? Better known for organizing limousine parties Banana

I hung out with that guy while I was in Novosibirsk. Guy is cool and whether he has studied game or not, he has tons of game.
Just wanted to let you guys know about an author that writes really good books for learning Russian.

The books are the Russian Reader series. She takes classic stories and folk takes and simplifies them into different levels (A2, B1, that type of scale) and classifies them as Starter, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, etc.

The books are pretty short and should teach a few hundred new words per book. The new words are highlighted in bold and below the paragraph the new words are used in is a translation of the word, so when you're reading and you come across a new word you can glance down to verify what it is or if it means what you think it means.

I've found reading books in Russian is a very satisfying feeling and I have four of these books now. It's a great learning tool and they're pretty cheap, like 5.99$ or so each.

Having said all that, here's the link to her Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Kristina%20Malido...1484241300

Authors name is Kristina Malidovskaya and it's her Russian Reader series.

Happy learning
I'll check that out, my speaking is around low intermediate level but my listening is pretty bad. I am trying different suggestions to help in that area, but nothing seems to be working.
A motivational: Sochi, Russia in the summer:

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Lotta Bela-Russki-Ukies here in China. Hell I've even got a Russian model roommate. Lot's of opportunities to practice with her and others living here. Alot of them look at me suspiciously because well here's this tall light skinned black American guy speaking Russian - totally catches them off guard but they play it off well
(12-05-2016 04:03 PM)Siberian Wrote: [ -> ]If anybody is planning on heading to Novosibirsk, let me know. I'm an American living here and I know my way around, and have friends here that can help you out with logistics.

Would like to check NS out but have no immediate plans to go there as of yet. Have you met Philochko there?
Facebook group for Maria Z's "Easy Russian Club" - https://www.facebook.com/groups/theeasyrussian/
(01-17-2017 11:17 AM)choichoi Wrote: [ -> ]Lotta Bela-Russki-Ukies here in China. Hell I've even got a Russian model roommate. Lot's of opportunities to practice with her and others living here. Alot of them look at me suspiciously because well here's this tall light skinned black American guy speaking Russian - totally catches them off guard but they play it off well

Is it possible to, lets say have a normal social life in China without speaking Chinese?
In Russia it is quite difficult without Russian, if you live outside of St. Peter or Moscow.
Russian people are already I would say, of the closed kind (but once you become their friend and they understand you are not an arrogant westerner, the ice usually melts), so to speak the language would help the process. Are the Chinese girls open towards foreigners who dont speak Chinese?
(01-11-2017 11:50 AM)Beijong Wrote: [ -> ]I hung out with that guy while I was in Novosibirsk. Guy is cool and whether he has studied game or not, he has tons of game.

There is no game involved. He already said in his videos, that he does not approach women at all. The girls contact him, and then he becomes active. No day game. The last one for instance, Yelena, a "dancer", sent him a message out of the blue. Ovulation days?
Sorry, this is getting offtopic now, lets go back to уро́к языка́ )))
(01-18-2017 03:35 AM)AkiKinnunen Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-17-2017 11:17 AM)choichoi Wrote: [ -> ]Lotta Bela-Russki-Ukies here in China. Hell I've even got a Russian model roommate. Lot's of opportunities to practice with her and others living here. Alot of them look at me suspiciously because well here's this tall light skinned black American guy speaking Russian - totally catches them off guard but they play it off well

Is it possible to, lets say have a normal social life in China without speaking Chinese?
In Russia it is quite difficult without Russian, if you live outside of St. Peter or Moscow.
Russian people are already I would say, of the closed kind (but once you become their friend and they understand you are not an arrogant westerner, the ice usually melts), so to speak the language would help the process. Are the Chinese girls open towards foreigners who dont speak Chinese?

They're only open if they already speak some English. Most of the time, their heads are buried in their phone screens.
(02-08-2017 11:05 AM)choichoi Wrote: [ -> ]Most of the time, their heads are buried in their phone screens.

which makes them quite similar to Western girls Dodgy
(02-08-2017 11:58 AM)JeanJaq Wrote: [ -> ]
(02-08-2017 11:05 AM)choichoi Wrote: [ -> ]Most of the time, their heads are buried in their phone screens.

which makes them quite similar to Western girls Dodgy

It's on a whole other level here man
My main problem right now is understanding everyday speech and use of some casual expressions/slang. I sometimes even find it easier to understand the news or a politician giving a speech than a couple of friends shooting the shit at a bar. My guess is that it's just lack of sufficient exposure, has anyone had similar issues?

This guy's videos have been quite useful so far btw:





Other than that, I'm just bombarding my russian friends with questions everytime I hear something new.
(03-21-2017 03:55 PM)Gopnik Wrote: [ -> ]My main problem right now is understanding everyday speech and use of some casual expressions/slang. I sometimes even find it easier to understand the news or a politician giving a speech than a couple of friends shooting the shit at a bar. My guess is that it's just lack of sufficient exposure, has anyone had similar issues?

This guy's videos have been quite useful so far btw:





Other than that, I'm just bombarding my russian friends with questions everytime I hear something new.

I know what you're talking about. When you watch the news, the news presenter has very clear diction and of course uses only formal expressions. What helped me was watching youtube videos where you have unformal, casual everyday speech and some slang. In these videos, diction is often also poorer than some politician giving a speech, so it is a great practice. For example:

https://www.youtube.com/user/rakamaka4
You can find there pranks with short interactions from everyday life. They often use slang. Some videos have english subtitles. Very helpful for intermediate speakers IMO.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnbxcA3...IBHNvxpDQw
ДНЕВНИК ХАЧА. A lot of slang, everyday life unformal speech.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUuU3k2...V6MP-wf9kw
Some russian PUAs doing infield pickups. Interesting to know what kind of casual expressions and speech they use to get to meet and know girls.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGqLGlM...NElt614mig
Pranks/social experiments. People often get upset, swear, use slang.

Some contemporary russian movies also help:
Всё и сразу (2013). I think it is exactly the kind of speech that you are looking for. Highly recommend for that purpose. You can easily find the torrent online.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twqxWFNqjNY&t=2702s
Дурак (2014). Great movie on the reality of contemporary life in Russia, way more sophisticated than the rest I listed. Very unformal speech, may be challenging to understand everything.
@Lermontov thanks for the tip man. Some of those PUA videos definitely have useful vocab that doesn't usually get taught. Here are a few things I've managed to spot that seem to make the difference between sounding like a textbook and sounding a bit more like a regular Russian:

не пугайся - Don't be afraid (verb Пугаться/Испугаться - I find the verb бояться appears more often in textbooks but Russians certainly use this a lot)

но всё таки - but anyways (a bit informal, seems to be used a lot in conversation)

поговорить - to chat. Literally to talk for a bit (prefix по- indicates short duration)

Я стыдняюсь, ты стыдняешь - I'm shy, you're shy (good for day approaches)
* You can also use мне стыдно, тебе стыдно... etc (dative кому + стыдно)

"давай так договоримся, чтобы другой раз встретимся и пообщаться" - let's agree on this so that we can meet again and chat (rough translation).

Again, I've noticed the verb Общаться/Пообщаться shows up quite a lot and it sort of means to chat, to communicate. Seems quite handy to use instead of just говорить or разговаривать all the time.

Another thing I've been trying out the past couple of weeks is listening to podcasts every day while on the bus or metro. What I do is I find a 10-20 minute video in Russian about a topic I find interesting. I watch it once or twice on my laptop and try to notice any useful vocab. I then download the audio and listen to it at least 3 or 4 times during the week.

I personally like boxing, so lately I've been listening to this short documentary about Vasyl Lomachenko's life (he's Ukrainian but speaks Russian).





Also this late night show with boxer Sergey Kovalev as a guest. Notice how the TV host speaks with a deep manly voice and has a more serious vibe than an American would (he makes Jimmy Fallon sound like a faggy clown in comparison). I think this tells a lot about the sort of vibe russian women like in a man.






Another channel I find really good is this one, where they post videos about Russia's foreign policy with english subtitles.





It's mostly Putin interviews but you can also find Kadyrov (Chechen president - he speaks with an accent) or Sergey Lavrov (minister of foreign affairs).

One thing I was told about Putin is that not only he is very charismatic, but he is pretty much the first leader of the RF to be articulate and well spoken. My teacher said that you could immediately tell Yeltsin wasn't very cultured and that previous soviet leaders sounded very robotic and fake.

Overall, the podcast thing has proved a bit of a "game changer". It makes it a lot easier to start speaking Russian and I find myself using complex sentences without struggling as much. It seems so obvious and yet I had never tried until just now.
(04-22-2017 04:01 AM)Gopnik Wrote: [ -> ]@Lermontov thanks for the tip man. Some of those PUA videos definitely have useful vocab that doesn't usually get taught. Here are a few things I've managed to spot that seem to make the difference between sounding like a textbook and sounding a bit more like a regular Russian:

не пугайся - Don't be afraid (verb Пугаться/Испугаться - I find the verb бояться appears more often in textbooks but Russians certainly use this a lot)

но всё таки - but anyways (a bit informal, seems to be used a lot in conversation)

поговорить - to chat. Literally to talk for a bit (prefix по- indicates short duration)

Я стыдняюсь, ты стыдняешь - I'm shy, you're shy (good for day approaches)
* You can also use мне стыдно, тебе стыдно... etc (dative кому + стыдно)

"давай так договоримся, чтобы другой раз встретимся и пообщаться" - let's agree on this so that we can meet again and chat (rough translation).

Again, I've noticed the verb Общаться/Пообщаться shows up quite a lot and it sort of means to chat, to communicate. Seems quite handy to use instead of just говорить or разговаривать all the time.

Another thing I've been trying out the past couple of weeks is listening to podcasts every day while on the bus or metro. What I do is I find a 10-20 minute video in Russian about a topic I find interesting. I watch it once or twice on my laptop and try to notice any useful vocab. I then download the audio and listen to it at least 3 or 4 times during the week.

I personally like boxing, so lately I've been listening to this short documentary about Vasyl Lomachenko's life (he's Ukrainian but speaks Russian).





Also this late night show with boxer Sergey Kovalev as a guest. Notice how the TV host speaks with a deep manly voice and has a more serious vibe than an American would (he makes Jimmy Fallon sound like a faggy clown in comparison). I think this tells a lot about the sort of vibe russian women like in a man.






Another channel I find really good is this one, where they post videos about Russia's foreign policy with english subtitles.





It's mostly Putin interviews but you can also find Kadyrov (Chechen president - he speaks with an accent) or Sergey Lavrov (minister of foreign affairs).

One thing I was told about Putin is that not only he is very charismatic, but he is pretty much the first leader of the RF to be articulate and well spoken. My teacher said that you could immediately tell Yeltsin wasn't very cultured and that previous soviet leaders sounded very robotic and fake.

Overall, the podcast thing has proved a bit of a "game changer". It makes it a lot easier to start speaking Russian and I find myself using complex sentences without struggling as much. It seems so obvious and yet I had never tried until just now.

Cheers Gopnik, I am always looking for more listening material and synonyms.
Putin knows his shit. Much better speaker than US presidents past or present.
Hi all,
I'm looking for russian movies or tv series with russian subtitles, either online for free or on some site where i can buy and order. It doesn't matter what it's about, I just wanna read some text that matches with what's being spoken.

Or maybe if you know some American TV series that are russian dubbed and with russian subtitles, that would be even better (long ones like House MD or How I Met Your Mother would be preferable). I found some dubbed series but in them all the characters are dubbed by the same guy's voice and I can't stand it.
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Some of the TED talks can be viewed with Russian translation in subtitles. The translations are good practice and an excellent way to see how the speaker's English would be expressed in idiomatic Russian.
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I've been watching mad men with Russian dubbing and English subtitles. It was an accident to torrent the Russian dubbed version but I said oh awesome i can use this to learn haha. There are many dub voices so very enjoyable to watch.
Strange to me that i haven't seen anything where they mute the English track. That was very overwhelming at first.
(05-28-2017 04:07 PM)turkishcandy Wrote: [ -> ]Hi all,
I'm looking for russian movies or tv series with russian subtitles, either online for free or on some site where i can buy and order. It doesn't matter what it's about, I just wanna read some text that matches with what's being spoken.

Or maybe if you know some American TV series that are russian dubbed and with russian subtitles, that would be even better (long ones like House MD or How I Met Your Mother would be preferable). I found some dubbed series but in them all the characters are dubbed by the same guy's voice and I can't stand it.

Starmedia offers many russian series with russian subtitles for free on youtube. You also have the script with timing under the video. I watched a couple of them, like Ветер в Лицо / Wind in the Face, Шулер / The Cardsharp, Остров Ненужных Людей / Island of the Unwanted. Very helpful to improve.

https://www.youtube.com/user/starmedia

http://vvord.ru/tekst-filma/Malenjkaya-Vera/ On that website, you can find the integral russian script of many russian/soviet movies that are free on youtube. For example, here I included the script of Маленькая Вера, a soviet movie. On youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS1wVGS0mZ0&t By the way, in that movie, one of my favorite scenes, the russian alpha guy flying solo. Powerful scene : https://youtu.be/VS1wVGS0mZ0?t=11m23s
"Ветер в Лицо / Wind in the Face"

Such a great example of a title that sounds good in Russian but clunky in English. That's pretty common. You'd probably have to come up with a completely different title to get something that sounds good, sort of like Himmel ueber Berlin becoming "Wings of Desire" in English, or "Se questo è un uomo" becoming "Life in Auschwitz."
(06-02-2017 11:07 AM)Lermontov Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-28-2017 04:07 PM)turkishcandy Wrote: [ -> ]Hi all,
I'm looking for russian movies or tv series with russian subtitles, either online for free or on some site where i can buy and order. It doesn't matter what it's about, I just wanna read some text that matches with what's being spoken.

Or maybe if you know some American TV series that are russian dubbed and with russian subtitles, that would be even better (long ones like House MD or How I Met Your Mother would be preferable). I found some dubbed series but in them all the characters are dubbed by the same guy's voice and I can't stand it.

Starmedia offers many russian series with russian subtitles for free on youtube. You also have the script with timing under the video. I watched a couple of them, like Ветер в Лицо / Wind in the Face, Шулер / The Cardsharp, Остров Ненужных Людей / Island of the Unwanted. Very helpful to improve.

https://www.youtube.com/user/starmedia

http://vvord.ru/tekst-filma/Malenjkaya-Vera/ On that website, you can find the integral russian script of many russian/soviet movies that are free on youtube. For example, here I included the script of Маленькая Вера, a soviet movie. On youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS1wVGS0mZ0&t By the way, in that movie, one of my favorite scenes, the russian alpha guy flying solo. Powerful scene : https://youtu.be/VS1wVGS0mZ0?t=11m23s
Thanks a lot for the response. But I can't find any video with subtitles in that channel except for auto-generated ones, which are like 30% accurate.

The scripts on vvord.ru are not made into subtitles either.

I thought this could be the quickest way to learn Russian since that's also how I learned English. I'm now somewhat conversational in Russian if the girl is being patient with me. These source will be very helpful but only after I speak enough Russian to somewhat understand movies without subtitles.

Thanks again!
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