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Russian Intermediate Level

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The Russian Language and Culture Course Intermediate Level is designed for those who have already basic knowledge of Russian language and culture and would like to improve their skills up to the next level.

The course’s 50 units contain Russian language activities and tests, pronunciation practice, detailed grammatical help, reading practice, language learning techniques, and cultural information, including video material. Each unit is envisaged as a 1 hour Russian language and culture session online or face-to-face (if in New Zealand), one-to-one or in a small group with the certified Russian tutor. A unit consists of 3 subunits (Grammar, Vocabulary and Speech Practice, Intercultural Communication).

By the end of this course the learner will have acquired the following knowledge:

Grammar. Basic principles of Russian Beginner Level (for repetition and identification of lacunas). Prepositional singular of nouns. Prepositions taking the prepositional. Prepositional singular of adjectives. Prepositions of possessives. The prepositional of pronouns. Comparatives. Superlatives. Imperfective and perfective verbs. The perfective future. Adjective short forms. The verb быть to be. The imperfective future. The dative case. The dative singular of nouns. The dative of pronouns. Invariable modal forms. Impersonal construction with the dative. The instrumental case. The instrumental singular of nouns. The instrumental singular of pronouns. The dative, instrumental and prepositional plural of nouns. The dative, instrumental and prepositional plural of adjectives. The dative, instrumental and prepositional plural of possessives. The past tense: the perfective and imperfective past. Было + the dative. The accusative and genitive of adjectives. The accusative and genitive of possessives. Adjectives after numbers. The dative and instrumental singular of adjectives. The dative and instrumental singular of possessives.

Vocabulary and Speech Practice. Visiting someone at home. Inviting someone to your house. Accept/decline hospitality. Personal information. Counties and nationalities. Documents. Russian visa application form. Talk about future plans. Public holidays. The months. Давайте – to make suggestions. To be able to. To know how to. Public transport. Excursions. Talk about past experiences. The seasons. Giving the date. Eating out.

Intercultural Communication. Russian attitude towards wealth and money. Russian attitude towards time. Religion and everyday life in Russia. How and when to use first names and patronymics in Russia. Colours in Russian culture. What do Russians eat and drink? Russian hospitality. Russian cuisine and traditional dishes. Traditions of university education in Russia. Russians on holidays. Travelling around Russia. Tourism in Russia. Hotel etiquette. Tips for foreigners.

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