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Course: An Introduction to Russian Language and Culture PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

Victoria University of Wellington
JUNE 11
8 weeks: Thu 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Wellington
Presenter: Olga Suvorova   
Victoria Staff 20% Discount Fee    $160.00 incl GST   
Early Bird Discount available until 2 weeks prior to the course start date    $180.00 incl GST   
$200.00 incl GST   
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Description

Overview:
Russian is best learnt when both written and oral skills are taught together within the context of the Russian way of life. Russian culture is, therefore, an essential part of this eight-week beginners course designed to help you learn the basic language skills necessary for communicating in Russian.

Target audience:
This course is for beginners and those with limited knowledge of Russia who wish to gain an introduction to its language and culture. It is for anyone who:

is interested in Russia and the language and culture
has a Russian-speaking partner or adopted children from Russia
is planning to visit Russia or its neighbouring states where Russian is spoken.

Learning objectives:
By the end of the course, participants will have:

acquired basic reading and writing skills in Russian
gained a basic understanding of Russian grammar (nouns – gender and some cases; verbs (present tense); adverbs; pronouns; numbers and adjectives)
learnt basic vocabulary and the linguistic and cultural competence to handle situations such as:
introducing themselves and their family and friends
expressing likes and/or dislikes and requesting things (in shops and restaurants)
visiting places (reading signs, staying at hotels, making enquiries)
gained general knowledge of Russian culture and the way of life and about New Zealand–Russia connections.

Course outline:
Week 1: Introduction to the Russian language; the alphabet, stress and vowels; basic geographic names; greetings and good byes; diversity of the region (video and discussion)

Week 2: Basic reading and writing skills; nouns, gender; asking simple questions and making simple statements in Russian; the Russian language and cultural identity (video and discussion)

Week 3: Pronouns; introducing yourself and your family; how and when to use first names and patronymics in Russia; “I” and “we” in Russian; home and family in the Russian world (video and discussion)

Week 4: Verbs; present tense; how to express likes and dislikes (including hobbies, interests); how to request things (in shops and restaurants); reading signs when travelling around Russia; hotel etiquette; tips for foreigners; Russian attitudes towards foreigners; cultural clashes

Week 5: + genitive “to have”; adverbs; numbers; finding your way around and asking for and understanding directions; asking about prices in shops; how to undertake business in modern Russia (video and discussion)

Week 6: Adjectives; colours; public holidays and months of the year; Russian literature, music and art; New Zealand–Russia untold stories (video and discussion)

Week 7: – how to make suggestions – to be able to, to know how to; making toasts in Russian; the Russian sense of humour and attitude towards smiling; Russian hospitality; myths about vodka (the “Russian antifreeze”) (video and discussion)

Week 8: Summary and discussion; presentation of certificates of achievement.

Course format:
This series of two-hour classes is held on Thursday evenings over eight weeks. There is a short break half-way through each session, and you are welcome to bring refreshments if you wish. Coffee/tea is provided.

Teacher:
Olga Suvorova has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Moscow State University and an MA Hons in linguistics from Lomonosov Moscow State University.She has extensive experience in working with international leaders in both the private and public sectors in New Zealand and Russia on cultural intelligence questions. Olga is married to a New Zealander and works in both New Zealand and Moscow.

Class limit:
This course is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, so please enrol early.

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Russia - New Zealand Video

To see the video report prepared with assistance of Prior Group on WW2 ties between Russia and New Zealand, Russian TV, please go to:

http://www.vesti.ru/videos?vid=298438

Russia - New Zealand Quotes

When George Bernard Shaw visited New Zealand a reporter asked him his impression of the place and, after a pause, Shaw is said to have replied: "Altogether too many sheep".G.B. Shaw, 1934
Когда журналист спросил Бернарда Шоу о его впечатлениях о визите в Новую Зеландию, он ответил: "В общем, слишком много овец".Б.Шоу, 1934

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Russia - New Zealand History

Every day that we were there the Zealanders would arrive at our sloops at about 10 in the morning and would remain until evening. Having traded their goods they would have lunch with us. They ate our dry bread, peas, kasha and sugar with real appetite. They did not like our salt beef at all and were not great fans of the pork, nor were they able to drink our rum and wine. From time to time they would help our sailors in their work, for which the hardest workers would be rewarded with nails. Sometimes, making merry, they would give us the pleasure of watching their dances and listening to their songs. For this, about 15 men would stand in a single line. One of them, stamping his foot, would begin to sing. In mid-verse there would suddenly be a common, quite quick and wild shout, then they would lift their arms up, extend them, and let them fall, while strongly stamping their feet, distorting their whole bodies and making fierce faces. They would finish this song by going down on one knee and making a frightful, lingering laugh. Our sailors adopted their dance and song very well indeed, and on our sloop at the South Pole where the daily dangers depressed the spirit, they would sometimes cheer everybody up with their imitation (of the haka - translated by Prior Group). N.Galkin, surgeon on board the Russian vessel “Mirny” (Peaceful), during their stay in New Zealand, Queen Charlotte Sound, Russian Expedition, 1820

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