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Self study guide for elementary level learners of Russian
and for intermediate level students who wish to review basic grammar and vocabulary

Phrasebook Topic 6

At the Airport

Russian grammar and vocabulary. Unit 2
Grammar Lesson 5
Asking Whose in Russian? The Possessive Pronouns его, её, их, наш, ваш
Grammar Lesson 6
Asking What and Who? Nominative case. Asking Where? Prepositional case
Phrasebook Topic 5
Phrasebook Topic 6
At the Airport
Quiz 6
Check what you have learned from Grammar Lessons 5-6 and Phrasebook Topics 5-6 with this 10 minute quiz.
Grammar Lesson 7
What is an Adjective? Nominative Case of Adjectives
Grammar Lesson 8
Demonstrative Pronouns этот and тот. Indeclinable это vs. Demonstrative pronouns этот (эта, это, эти)
Phrasebook Topic 7
Phrasebook Topic 8
Learn numbers 1-20 in Russian
Quiz 7
Check what you have learned from Grammar Lessons 7-8 and Phrasebook Topic 7 with this 10 minute quiz.
Test 2
Check what you have learned from Grammar Lessons 5-8 and Phrasebook Topics 5-8.

 Лексика                                                   At the airport - В аэропорту

Addressing a person whose name you don't know
If you are going to travel or study in Russia, your first conversation with the officials will take place at the airport.  Upon your arrival, you will go through passport control, then you will get your luggage and go into the customs hall. There will be signs like ПАСПОРТНЫЙ КОНТРОЛЬ, БАГАЖ, and ТАМОЖНЯ, so you will not get lost.



When in doubt and have to ask for a direction someone who speaks Russian only, the following vocabulary will be useful. 

Learn how to draw someone's attention and ask "where" questions.


The most common way to address a stranger is:


  Excuse me!

After you have drawn someone's attention, you may say:

Скажите, пожалуйста...

  Tell me please...

The questions you might need to ask:

1. Где таможня?

2. Где можно получить багаж?

3. Где обмен валюты?


 Where is customs?

 Where can I get my luggage?

 Where is the currency exchange desk?


The answer you may hear:

1. Идите прямо, потом налево (направо).

2. Извините, я не знаю.

 Go straight, then turn to the left (to the right).

 Sorry, I don't know.

Passport  control 

Here is a possible conversation with a Russian official at the Passport desk. Listen to the dialogue and read it aloud.

 - Здравствуйте!
 - Добрый день!
 - Ваш паспорт, пожалуйста.
 - Вот, пожалуйста.
 - Откуда вы?
 - Я из Канады.
 - Цель визита: бизнес, туризм?
 - Я студентка, буду учиться в Москве.
 - Хорошо, пожалуйста, проходите.

 - Hello!

 - Good afternoon!

 - Your passport, please.

 - Here it is.

 - Where are you from?

 - I'm from Canada.

 - What is the purpose of your visit: business, tourism?

 - I'm a student. I will study in Moscow.

 - Ok, welcome (literally: you are welcome to proceed).


  • The word извините can be translated as "excuse me" and "I'm sorry".
  • The word пожалуйста is not quite equal to English "please" since it has a broader meaning. In Russian this word is used for both "please" and "you are welcome". The more accurate translation for a sentence like: Вот, пожалуйста is: "Here it is. You are welcome to take a look at it".
  • The word хорошо is used for "well" and "ok".



Listen to a possible conversation with a Russian official at the Customs desk. Read the dialogue aloud.

 - Здравствуйте!
 - Здравствуйте!
 - Это ваш чемодан?
 - Да, это мой чемодан.
 - А сумка тоже ваша?
 - Да, моя.
 - Что в чемодане?
 - Книги, диски, сувениры.
 - А что в сумке?
 - В сумке одежда, косметика, личные вещи.
 - Хорошо, проходите.

 - Hello!

 - Hello!

 - Is that your suitcase?

 - Yes,  this is my suitcase.

 - And is that bag yours?

 - Yes, it's mine.

 - What is there in the suitcase?

 - Books, CD-discs, souvenirs.

 - And what is in the bag?

 - I have clothes, cosmetics, personal things in the bag.

 - Ok, welcome (literally: proceed).

 Reading and writing: Where are you from - Откуда вы

1. Use the texts below as the model for you own story. Read these texts aloud at least three times.



А.     Здравствуйте! Меня зовут Джон. Моя фамилия Кэмбл. Я из Канады. Я живу в Ванкувере. Я студент, буду учиться в Санкт-Петербурге.


 *Я живу в... - I live in...

 *Я буду учиться в... - I will study (go to school) in...


Б.      Здравстуйте! Меня зовут Майк. Моя фамилия Хатсон. Я из Америки. Я живу в Нью-Йорке. Я турист, приехал в Россию на месяц. Я буду жить в гостинице "Интурист".


*приехал в Россию на месяц - came to Russia for one month 
(a male person will say я приехал, female - я приехала)

*Я буду жить в... -  I will live in...

*гостиница "Интурист" - the hotel "Inturist"



2. Make up your own story. Tell what is your first name, what is your last name, where are you from and what city do you live in. Are you a student or tourist? Will you study (go to school)? Where are you going to stay/live?

3. Write down your story on paper or type it on your computer, then read it aloud at least three times. 

4. Keep your story for future reference.

 Speaking: About Myself - О себе

Memorize your story and retell it without looking at the paper or computer.


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