Prepare for TORFL with Russian for Complete Beginners

Acquire basic fluency in Russian based on the Elementary Level of the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language. (TORFL)
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  • Contents Video: 4.5 hours
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Published 2/2014 English

Course Description

Russian Language for Complete Beginners Part 1 is perfect for complete beginners wishing to acquire basic Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing skills in Russian and is suitable for both casual learners and students who are working towards the Elementary Level of the official qualification in the Russian language called "Test of Russian as a Foreign Language" (TORFL).

TORFL is a standard requirement when it comes to either seeking employment or furthering your education in Russia. Part 1 of this course is based on half of the Curriculum and vocabulary requirements of the Elementary Level of this qualification to be completed in Part 2 of this course. As a result, this course can be used as an additional comprehensive resource alongside private study.

Russian Language for Complete Beginners Part 1 consists of 20 informative screencast lessons (over 4 hours of content) that will vary in length and difficulty depending on the topic and the amount of new material in each lecture.

Students will be provided with all necessary study materials such as printable PDF files of the material used in video lessons, that can be printed out before each lecture in order to follow and refer back to the content, as well as reference Supplementary Materials with additional vocabulary lists and further explanations for those studying for the TORFL qualification and "Test Yourself" files with tests and exercises for all students with various tasks and answers to monitor students' progress with each lesson. There will also be an additional test after Lesson 10 and a quiz after Lesson 20.

Starting from Lesson 5, students will also be able to create a personal profile based on the examples given that can be adapted to describe each individual student.

Each lesson will state the amount of new words introduced to the students so it will be possible to organize and build your own individual vocabulary list at your own pace choosing the words you would like to memorize. When organizing your vocabulary you can either group the words according to the topic or list them alphabetically. Each lesson will also come with a timeline for ease of navigation and to help find the required material.

Students of this course will benefit from unlimited access to both video and printed materials anytime, anywhere and will be able to ask the instructor any course related questions at anytime.

The structure of this course ensures that, rather than just learning new words in Russian, students will be provided with skills to understand the way the language works, which in turn will allow them to use new vocabulary appropriately and independently in conversations.

This particular course will cover topics such as the Russian Alphabet, how to read, write and speak in Russian, basic greetings and simple phrases as well as numerous dialogues on topics such as:

·Occupation

·Education

·Nationality

·Family and friends

·Numbers, time, prices

·Shopping

·Leisure

·Likes and dislikes

·Weather, days of the week, months and seasons

·Food and drink

·Transport and travel

Students of this course will learn about:

·Concepts of all main parts of speech in Russian

·Genders of Nouns, Adjectives and Pronouns

·3 Cases out of 6 - Nominative, Prepositional and Accusative

·Present and Past Tense of Russian Verbs

·Non-prefixed Verbs of Motion

·Reflexive Verbs

As the course contains numerous dialogues you will also be able to practice your Listening skills as well as Reading, Speaking and Comprehension skills. This course contains plenty of tips and factual explanations of common difficulties in the Russian language.

So whether you would like to study Russian simply for your own pleasure or are looking to pursue formal education or employment, this course will provide you with necessary skills to be able to communicate in Russian using your knowledge of core grammatical concepts and definitions, sentence structures and use of intonation in everyday speech.

As a result you will be able to apply these skills to individual study and build on this foundation in your future learning.

What are the requirements?

  • All study materials are provided.
  • Students will require Internet connection and Adobe Reader.
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What am I going to get from this course?

  • In this course you will acquire basic Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing skills in Russian.
  • In this course you will learn about the Russian Alphabet, basic Russian grammar and you will acquire relevant vocabulary.
  • Students working towards TORFL qualification can use this course as a comprehensive additional resource alongside private study.

What is the target audience?

  • Complete Beginners
  • False Beginners

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Curriculum

Section 1: The Basics
08:26

In this lecture you will learn about the Russian Alphabet, how to pronounce individual sounds and you will familiarize yourself with the handwritten Russian Alphabet. By the end of the lecture, you will be able to pronounce Russian letters and to differentiate between vowels and consonants.

Timeline:

00:16 Brief history of the Russian Alphabet

00:49 Russian letters

05:39 Russian Alphabet in chronological order

07:29 Handwritten Russian Alphabet

07:58 Summary of the lecture

07:16

In this lecture you will learn how to read in Russian and you will familiarize yourself with the rules of stress in the Russian language. By the end of the lecture you will be able to read out different combinations of Russian letters (syllables) and you will start putting words together.

Timeline:

00:10 Rules of stress

01:10 How to read in Russian

01:30 1st Rule of pronunciation

02:29 "Let's Practice" reading exercise

06:30 Summary of the lecture

11:39

In this lecture you will study greetings and basic phrases and as a result you will be able to greet someone, introduce yourself and exchange pleasantries. You will also learn how to form questions in Russian.

Timeline:

00:09 Difference between formal and informal greetings

01:11 Common greetings and goodbyes

03:33 How to introduce yourself

07:30 Common Russian names

09:27 "Let's Practice" dialogues

10:58 Summary of the lecture

12:15

In this lecture you will study the Genders of Nouns and Personal Pronouns (such as I, you, he etc.) in the Nominative Case or their dictionary form. You will also study how to use the Verb "to be" in the Present Tense as well as the difference between Animate and Inanimate Nouns. By the end of the lecture you will be able to talk about your profession/occupation in the Present Tense. Please also study the "Summary of Terminology" file, attached for your reference, which lists all parts of speech in the Russian language such as Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs and Prepositions.

Timeline:

00:10 Overview of Nouns in Russian

00:48 Genders of Nouns

02:51 Personal Pronouns (Nominative Case)

04:39 Questions and introductions

07:03 Examples of different Genders

08:41 The Verb "to be" in the Present Tense

09:33 "Let's Practice" dialogues

11: 21 Summary of the lecture

Section 2: Talking about Yourself and Your Family
16:11

In this lecture you will learn how to talk about different countries, nationalities and spoken languages. You will also learn how to form Plural Nouns and you will familiarize yourself with an important spelling rule and some common plural exceptions. By the end of the lecture you will be able to talk about where you are from and your nationality.

Timeline:

00:12 Some common nationalities in different Genders

02:58 Some common country names and spoken languages

06:58 "Let's Practice" dialogues

08:38 How to form Plural Nouns in Russian

09:44 Examples of Plural Nouns in Russian

10:59 Spelling Rule (7 Letter Rule) which affects Plural Noun formation

12:49 Common Plural exceptions and Nouns only used in Plural

15:27 Summary of the lecture

13:15

In this lecture you will learn how to use Verbs in the Present Tense, how to differentiate between the 1st and 2nd conjugation (or group) of Verbs with examples of basic Verbs. You will also study how to use Personal Pronouns in the Accusative Case. By the end of the lecture you will be able to put together sentences, such as "It's a film and I am watching it" or "He speaks English".

Timeline:

00:11 Overview of Verbs in Russian

01:10 Examples of how Verbs change their endings depending on their conjugation

04:02 "Let's Practice" dialogues

06:12 More new Verbs to be added to your vocabulary

07:02 Personal Pronouns in the Accusative Case

09:15 Examples of using Personal Pronouns in the Accusative Case

11:12 "Let's Practice" dialogues on how to introduce oneself

12:36 Summary of the lecture

17:54

In this lecture you will learn how to talk about different members of the family and you will find out about Possessive Pronouns in the Nominative Case (such as my, your, his etc). You will also study how to use Reflexive Verbs in the Present Tense. By the end of the lecture you will be able to talk about your family members.

Timeline:

00:13 Possessive Pronouns in the Nominative Case

03:14 New vocabulary to do with family

06:33 "Let's Practice" dialogues

08:01 Examples of how to use Possessive Pronouns in a conversation

09:18 Reflexive Verbs and how to use them in different forms

11:33 New vocabulary to be used in a text about the Bailey Family

13:58 "Let's Practice" with the Bailey Family

17:12 Summary of the lecture

Section 3: Let's Count!
12:06

In this lecture you will study numbers 0-50, find out how to talk about your age, including the age construction which is used with Personal Pronouns in the Dative Case, and how to ask a question about someone's age. By the end of the lecture you will be able to use numbers 0-50 and talk about your age.

Timeline:

00:12 Numbers 0 to 10

01:18 Numbers 11 to 19

02:38 Numbers 20, 30, 40, 50 and how to put numbers together

03:40 "Let's Practice" dialogues

05:29 How to ask a question about age using numbers

06:25 Number pattern used in age constructions

08:46 Personal Pronouns in the Dative Case (used with age constructions)

09:34 "Let's Practice" dialogues

11:17 Summary of the lecture

13:49

In this lecture you will learn how to use numbers 60 -1000, how to talk about time, including the question itself and different ways to answer it, how to talk about prices, including the question itself and different ways to answer it, and how to use Adverbs in Russian. By the end of the lecture you will be able to ask and answer questions about time and prices of items.

Timeline:

00:16 Numbers 60 to 90

01:25 Numbers 100 to 1000

02:47 Examples of how to put numbers together

04:11 How to ask the question "How much does it cost?"

06:11 "Let's Practice" dialogues

08:28 How to use "hour" and "minute" in Russian

09:41 How to ask and answer the question "What time is it?"

11:25 "Let's Practice" dialogues

13:11 Summary of the lecture

14:02

In this lecture you will learn how to use the construction "to have" in order to talk about your possessions, how to talk about your marital status and how to use Demonstrative Pronouns in the Nominative Case (such as "this"). By the end of the lecture you will be able to discuss your marital status and talk about your possessions.

Timeline:

00:18 How to use the Verb "to have" in different forms

02:13 Examples of "to have" construction used in conversations

03:20 New vocabulary to do with marital status

05:59 "Let's Practice" dialogue 1

08:03 "Let's Practice" dialogue 2

09:53 Demonstrative Pronoun "this" in different Genders in the Nominative Case

12:22 "Let's Practice" dialogue 3

13:17 Summary of the lecture

Section 4: Talking about Your Likes and Dislikes
13:54

In this lecture you will learn about Singular and Plural Adjectives in Russian in all Genders as well as the difference between Adjectives and Adverbs and how to form Adjectives from familiar Adverbs. You will also learn the "to like" construction and by the end of the lecture you will be able to talk about your likes and dislikes.

Timeline:

00:15 Overview of Adjectives in Russian

01:51 Singular Adjectives and their endings in 3 Genders

04:11 Plural Adjectives and their endings

05:33 How to turn Adverbs into Adjectives and some common examples

07:43 Some common antonyms of Adjectives

09:13 "Let's Practice" dialogue 1

10:07 "Let's Practice" dialogue 2

10:50 The Verb "to like"

12:11 "Let's Practice" dialogue 3

13:07 Summary of the lecture

13:57

In this lecture you will learn how to use Verbs in the Past Tense, how to use Adverbs of Time as well as constructions such as "in the morning", "in the afternoon" etc. By the end of the lecture you will be able to talk about your routine in relation to how often and when you do things and use Verbs in the Past Tense.

Timeline:

00:12 How to form Verbs in the Past Tense

02:52 List of common Adverbs of Time (such as often, always, sometimes etc.)

04:20 How to use "ещё" and "уже́" with examples

05:55 "Let's Practice" with the Bailey Family

09:29 How to use the words "morning", "afternoon", "evening" and "night" to answer question tag "when?"

11:04 "Let's Practice" dialogues

13:13 Summary of the lecture

Section 5: Talking about Where You Live, Study and Work
14:51

In this lecture you will learn how to use Singular and Plural Nouns in the Prepositional Case to talk about location as in "in the office", some common exceptional endings and 3 different forms of the word "дом". By the end of the lecture you will be able to talk about where you live, using the new Verb "to live", and discuss different locations.

Timeline:

00:12 Recap of when to use the Nominative Case

00:45 Recap of Singular and Plural Noun and Adjective endings in the Nominative Case

00:54 Recap of Personal, Possessive and Demonstrative Pronoun endings in the Nominative Case

01:00 When to use the Prepositional Case and the new Verb "to live"

04:05 Singular Noun endings in the Prepositional Case with examples

06:21 "Let's Practice" dialogues

08:01 Plural Noun endings in the Prepositional Case with examples

10:02 "Let's Practice" with the Bailey Family

12:43 3 different forms of the word "дом"

13:48 Summary of the lecture

12:48

In this lecture you will learn how to use Reflexive Verbs in the Past Tense, how to talk about playing different types of sports and musical instruments. You will also learn the difference between the use of prepositions "в" and "на" and how to use Personal Pronouns in the Prepositional Case (such as about you, about him etc). By the end of the lecture you will be able to talk about playing sports and musical instruments.

Timeline:

00:17 How to use Reflexive Verbs in the Past Tense with two examples

02:50 "Let's Practice" dialogue

04:00 How to use the Verb "игра́ть" with sports and musical instruments

05:56 When to use preposition "в" with the Prepositional Case

07:05 When to use preposition "на" with the Prepositional Case

08:47 Personal Pronouns in the Prepositional Case

10:29 "Let's Practice" dialogue

11:59 Summary of the lecture

11:34

In this lecture you will learn how to use Singular and Plural Adjectives in the Prepositional Case as well as how to use Possessive and Demonstrative Pronouns in the Prepositional Case. You will also study new vocabulary related to a house and household items and the conjugation of the Verb "to drink" "пить". By the end of the lecture you will be able to talk about your own house and describe it in more detail.

Timeline:

00:14 Singular Adjectives and Singular Demonstrative Pronouns in the Prepositional Case

01:45 Plural Adjectives and Plural Demonstrative Pronouns in the Prepositional Case

03:29 "Let's Practice" dialogue

05:20 New vocabulary to do with a house and household items

07:00 "Let's Practice" with the Bailey Family 1

09:02 "Let's Practice" with the Bailey Family 2

10:48 Summary of the lecture

16:32

In this lecture you will learn about the days of the week, seasons, months as well how to talk about the weather. By the end of the lecture you will be able to talk about your week, when and how often you do things, as well as your favorite season and weather.

Timeline:

00:13 Seasons and months

03:08 Days of the week

07:35 "Let's Practice" dialogue 1

09:00 New vocabulary to do with the weather

10:33 "Let's Practice" dialogue 2

13:18 "Let's Practice" with the Bailey Family

15:51 Summary of the lecture

16:47

In this lecture you will learn how to use Singular and Plural Nouns in the Accusative Case as well as how to use 3 new Verbs "to see", "to drink" and "to eat" and how to talk about food and drink. By the end of the lecture you will be able to talk about your favorite food and drinks.

Timeline:

00:12 When to use the Accusative Case and the new Verb "to see"

03:34 Singular Nouns in the Accusative Case with examples

05:42 "Let's Practice" dialogue 1

08:36 Plural Nouns in the Accusative Case with examples

10:06 Summary of how Nouns change in the Accusative Case

10:29 New vocabulary to do with food and drink and two Verbs "to eat" and "to drink"

13:23 "Let's Practice" with the Bailey Family

16:06 Summary of the lecture

Section 6: Using Verbs of Motion and Talking about Different Modes of Transport
12:41

In this lecture you will learn how to use 4 main Verbs of Motion in Russian in the Present and Past Tense in the correct context. You will also study the difference between describing location with the Prepositional Case and direction with the Accusative Case and you will study common modes of transport. By the end of the lecture you will be able to talk about where and how often you go and what modes of transport you use.

Timeline:

00:15 Two Verbs "to go" (once/in one direction) and their conjugation in the Present Tense

02:22 Two Verbs "to go" (routine/multi-directional) and their conjugation in the Present Tense

03:56 Difference between the Prepositional and the Accusative Case

05:24 "Let's Practice" dialogue 1

07:04 How to use 4 main Verbs of Motion in the Past Tense

08:14 New vocabulary to do with different modes of transport and how to use them in a sentence

09:31 "Let's Practice" dialogue 2

12:01 Summary of the lecture

15:19

In this lecture you will learn how to use Singular and Plural Adjectives in the Accusative Case, how to use the Verb "to want" and how to use the Conditional Mood. By the end of the lecture you will be able to use the phrase "I would like to..." and to describe things that you want to do.

Timeline:

00:14 Singular Adjectives and Demonstrative Pronouns in the Accusative Case with examples

03:24 Plural Adjectives and Demonstrative Pronouns in the Accusative Case with examples

04:53 "Let's Practice" dialogue 1

07:55 The Verb "to want" with examples

09:24 Using the Verb "to want" in the Conditional Mood, i.e. I would want/I would like

12:02 "Let's Practice" dialogue 2

14:43 Summary of the lecture

10:21

In this lecture you will learn how to express a need and how to talk about clothes. By the end of the lecture you will be able to talk about going shopping for different items of clothing and talking about things you need to do.

Timeline:

00:12 How to use "to need" construction with Verbs

01:48 How to use "to need" construction with Verbs and Nouns

04:27 New vocabulary to do with clothes

05:27 "Let's Practice" dialogue 1

07:43 "Let's Practice" with the Bailey Family

09:53 Summary of the lecture

Final Quiz
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Instructor Biography

Julia Ogarkova, Experienced Native Russian Language Teacher and Linguist

Julia, a native Russian speaker, is an experienced Russian Language Teacher and Translator, based in London, UK. She has a degree in Russian and Linguistics and with her keen personal interest and passion for languages she is able to anticipate and understand any difficulties that could be experienced by students during the learning process. This understanding, coupled with her vast experience of teaching Russian, has led her to create this exciting and comprehensive course.

Julia has an excellent track record of teaching all levels of Russian to various backgrounds and ages including teenagers, University students, spouses of Russian speakers and professional adults and successfully preparing them for different types of exams in Russian as well as enabling them to acquire adequate fluency.

Here is one testimonial: "My son is extremely happy to be working with you. You have helped him in his understanding of specific grammar points. He has found your knowledge invaluable and as a result of your input, his confidence has increased. Many thanks."

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