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Моя семья. My family

Before you listen to the story

Step 1. Think of four to six words related to the topic in your first language and, if you can, in Russian. Write them out to check later if they are in the story.

Step 2. Memorize the following words. They will help you understand the story. Click on each word to translate.







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Step 3. Let's do some listening exercises before you read the story. The first exercise will teach you to grasp the information from the flow of Russian words. Read through the following English statements below: some of them are true, some - false. True or false: this is what you should find out while listening. Teach yourself to ignore words and phrases that are not relevant to your task. Now listen to the story and click on the statements that are TRUE.

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1. Sara’s mom works at university.

2. Sara’s mom works in the library.

3. Sara’s dad works in the library.

4. Sara’s dad is an accountant.

5. Sara has a brother.

6. Sara has a cat.

7. Sara has a dog.

Step 4. Now you will hear selected sentences from the text. Click on one of the sentences below to match it with one that you hear. Note that you don't have to understand all words in these sentences. With this exercise you will learn an important skill: how to correlate spoken words and phrases with their graphic images. Ok, let's see what you hear.

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Джон умный, добрый и весёлый.

Моя мама работает в библиотеке, а папа бухгалтер.

Слева мой старший брат.

Это моя семья

Он изучает физику

Рэкс красивый и энергичный пёс.

Справа мама и папа

Listen and read along

Step 5. It's time to read and listen along the whole story. Click on the headset to listen to a sentence. Click on words to have them translated. Make sure you understand each sentence.

 Это моя́ семья. Справа ма́ма и па́па. Ма́му зову́т Мэган, а па́пу Крис. Слева мой ста́рший брат. Его́ зову́т Джон. Моя́ ма́ма рабо́тает в библиоте́ке, а па́па бухга́лтер. Брат Джон у́чится в университе́те в аспиранту́ре. Он изуча́ет фи́зику и пи́шет диссерта́цию по фи́зике. Джон у́мный, до́брый и весёлый. А это на́ша соба́ка Рэкс и ко́шка Кити. Рэкс краси́вый и энерги́чный пёс. Кити то́же о́чень краси́вая и о́чень незави́симая.

Step 6. Now read the story above out loud. If you have difficulties pronouncing some words or phrases, listen to them and repeat aloud. Your reading should be fluent.

Step 7. Listen to the whole story while you read along. At this point you should be able to understand what you hear very well. If listening and reading along is easy enough for you, try listening without looking at the written text. Understand almost everything? Good! I have more for you to learn. Click on the pictures to reveal hidden phrases. Have fun!

Finally, let's use the sentence structures and phrases that you have learned to write a similar story based on your own background information. Tell your story to someone who speaks Russian or understands it a bit.

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Download   Download or play sound Text02_Moja semija.mp3The whole text
Download   Download or play sound Text02_01_Eto.mp3Это моя семья.
Download   Download or play sound Text02_02_Sprava.mp3Справа мама и папа.
Download   Download or play sound Text02_03_Mamy zovut.mp3Маму зовут Мэган, а папу Крис.
Download   Download or play sound Text02_04_Sleva.mp3Слева мой старший брат.
Download   Download or play sound Text02_05_Ego zovut.mp3Его зовут Джон.
Download   Download or play sound Text02_06_Moja mama rabotaet.mp3Моя мама работает в библиотеке, а папа бухгалтер.
Download   Download or play sound Text02_07_Brat John.mp3Брат Джон учится в университете в аспирантуре.
Download   Download or play sound Text02_08_On izuchaet.mp3Он изучает физику и пишет диссертацию по физике.
Download   Download or play sound Text02_09_John umnyi.mp3Джон умный, добрый и весёлый.
Download   Download or play sound Text02_010_A eto nasha sobaka.mp3А это наша собака Рэкс и кошка Кити.
Download   Download or play sound Text02_011_Rex krasivyi.mp3Рэкс красивый и энергичный пёс.
Download   Download or play sound Text02_012_Kiti tozhe.mp3Кити тоже очень красивая и очень независимая.

Download individual bonus phrases from this topic:
Download   Download or play sound Text02_ph03_Mama s papoi.mp3Мама с папой любят поболтать о жизни
Download   Download or play sound Text02_ph01_Papa.mp3Папа вечно теряет свои очки
Download   Download or play sound Text02_ph02_Moi brat.mp3Мой брат ‒ сластёна. Он очень любит мёд
Download   Download or play sound Text02_ph04_John.mp3Джон страшный ботан
Download   Download or play sound Text02_ph05_Rex.mp3Рекс ‒ серьёзный пёс.Он зря не лает
Download   Download or play sound Text02_ph06_Myau.mp3Мяу