Friendly Russian: Learning How to Read & Write in Russian

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Chapter 2: Table of Contents

Objectives

This Chapter will introduce you to the world of Russian adjectives. You will see how they agree in gender and number with the nouns they define.

Among adjectival words you will find:
  1. Russian equivalents to possessive pronouns "my/mine," "your/yours," etc. You will also learn how to ask whose things are, like "Whose is this backpack?"
  2. Adjectives proper, i.e. adjectives of color, quality, etc. and question words used when you need to inquire about what kind of a thing (or a person) it is. You'll also learn how to build exclamatory phrases, like "What a beautiful girl she is!"
  3. Adjectival pronouns that are used to express sameness, corresponding to structures like "the same as" or "as.. ..as" in English.
  4. Indicative pronouns ("this" and "that") which belong to adjectival words in Russian and which enable the language to function without articles.
  5. Ordinal numerals (from 1-10) which function exactly like other adjectives in Russian.

After you familiarize yourself with all of the above, you'll be able not only to name things in Russian, but also to describe them and ask about some of their qualities. The world will almost literally become more colorful and expressive.

From The Survival Kit section you will learn how:

  1. to ask about the first name and the last name of a person
  2. to part nicely wishing someone to have a good day
  3. to ask for help
  4. to ask someone to wait for you
  5. to introduce people
  6. to complain of having pain/ache/soreness, etc. in various parts of the body
The Language and Culture Section will provide you with a wealth of valuable information that will widen your knowledge about present-day Russia.
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