Do you know some Russian?

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  1. MisterG

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    Hi all,
    I have a boy in my class (4th grade) and he is from Kazakhstan (sp? eesh). Not sure the language but he says it is Russian. Anyways...he has been going downhill lately behavior-wise so Ive been thinking about putting up a bulletin board with simple Russian phrases.

    He has already told me a couple...I think I remember them.
    dah - yes
    nyet - no
    pete - drink

    Anyone know of some other words?
    Thanks
    Ryan
     
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    YES = dah

    NO = nyehtt

    PLEASE = pazhalsta

    THANK YOU = spahseebah

    GOOD MORNING = dobrahye ootrah

    GOOD AFTERNOON = dobriy dyehn

    GOOD NIGHT = spahkoynoy nochee

    GOOD-BYE = dah sveedahnyah

    WHAT IS YOUR NAME? = kahk vaz zavoot

    MY NAME IS... = meenya zahvoot...

    HOW ARE YOU? = kahk dyela
    FINE THANKS, AND YOU? = khahrahsho spaseebah, ah vi

    I (DON'T) UNDERSTAND. = ya (neh) pahneemahyu

    DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH? = vi guhvahreetye pah-ahngleeyskee

    I DON'T SPEAK (MUCH) RUSSIAN = yah nyeh guhvaryu (mnogah) pah-rooskee
     
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    Note that Russian is written in the Cyrillic alphabet. Is your student literate in Russian? If so, these transliterations may not be the best way to go.

    Would he be willing to help you teach the class some of these phrases?
     
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    wow, I wouldn't want to have to try to pronounce those phrases!!!
     
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    They're not nearly as scary as they look - it's partly that Russian has some sounds that we English speakers don't tend to think of as phonemic sounds (zh spells a sound like z as in azure), and partly that Russian allows some blends (sv) that English doesn't.
     
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    my room mate is going to russia and speaks/writes almost fluently! if u need any other help pm me and i will ask her
     
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    Thanks for the help so far everyone,

    He speaks Russian (turns out hes from Uzbekistan), but doesnt know how to read it. I said some words to him off here and he didnt understand but then I asked him how to say good morning...etc and he was right on the money.
     
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    So is it that his English needs help, or just (just! yeah, right) that you're looking for ways to engage him in the classroom?
     

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