Ruslan Russian Language CD-ROM Levels 1 & 2
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Ruslan is a beginner's course in practical, everday Russian, with each lesson reflecting life in Russia as it is today. There are two levels with ten lessons in each. Both tell the story of Lyudmila's friendships with Vadim in Moscow, Ivan from Saransk, and Peter from England, with also a 'typical foreigner' who struggles to understand what is going on around him. The CD-ROMs are based on the course book and recordings published by Ruslan Ltd. in 1995. The authors are experienced teachers of Russian to adults and young people and the course maximises the enjoyment of learning a new language, while giving a thorough grammatical and structural introduction in a communicative context.
Ruslan 1 is a beginner's course with ten lessons in practical, everday Russian, with each lesson reflecting life in Russia as it is today. They tell the story of Lyudmila's friendships with Vadim in Moscow, Ivan from Saransk, and Peter from England, with also a 'typical foreigner' who struggles to understand what is going on around him. Ruslan 2 is an intermediate course that continues on from the previous level in the same vein with ten more lessons - but this time completely in Russian, with no English text or explanations! For more information, the course contents of both Ruslan 1 and 2 are listed here.
The CD-ROM is based on the course book and recordings published by Ruslan Ltd. in 1995. The authors are experienced teachers of Russian to adults and young people and the course maximises the enjoyment of learning a new language, while giving a thorough grammatical and structural introduction in a communicative context.
Here are some of the many features found in Ruslan:
* Alphabet and handwriting introduction
* 52 dialogues with an exciting storyline
* Right-click to translate and left-click to listen
* Vocabularies and background information
* Clear grammar explanations with recorded examples
* 285 interactive exercises with sound and feedback
* Grammar reviews and glossary
* Numbers and money section
* Russian word lists
* Hints for travellers
* Integrated videoclips
* Full search facility
On the first CD-ROM you will find:
An introduction with suggestions for using the CD-ROM, notes on the Russian language, a program to help you learn the Cyrillic alphabet, and a guide to Russian pronunciation. There is also a summary of Ruslan Russian materials and a selection of clips from the video "Moscow For You!"
Ten lessons with dialogues telling the story of Lyudmila, Vadim, Ivan, and Peter, vocabularies, grammar explanations, facts and information about life in Russia, interactive exercises and practice activities, including listening exercises. In the lessons there is a facility to search for keywords.
A resources section, with a glossary of grammatical terminology, grammar reviews, texts of the listening passages form the lessons, a program to help you learn the number and to talk about Russian money, a selection of useful word lists, detailed hints for travellers to Russia, and a Russian to English dictionary of all the words on the CD-ROM.
Each lesson opens with a set of dialogues which follow the story. At the beginning Peter arrives from England, collects his baggage at the airport and finds his hotel. The student can listen to the dialogues, replay phrases and read their translation. The general principle is that you click the left mouse button to hear sound and the right mouse button to obtain a translation. There are also links to the vocabulary and information sections which popup over the screen. In the vocabulary on the second CD-ROM you can hear the individual words spoken by native speakers.
The grammar section introduces points of grammar that arise on the dialogue pages. There are extracts from the dialogues and further examples.
There are several types of exercise, for example gap-fills, word matching, grouping words by meanings, fitting endings, and selecting appropriate descriptions. Students are given immediate feedback. There are usually between 10 and 20 exercises in each lesson.
The practice section contains activity pages which extend the exercises. For example, some of the pages contain gap-fills and picture identifications. There are usually between 10 and 20 practice pages in each lesson. In all of the last practice exercises the student listens to a paragraph and answers questions.
| Category: Learn
| Supporting language: Russian
Platforms/media types: Windows
486 66MHZ CPU or higher; Windows 95 or higher; 16 MB RAM; 4x speed CD-ROM drive.
| Level One Content:
Ruslan 1 Contents
Lesson 1 - Аэропорт - The airport
Ivan and Lyudmila arrive at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport. The typical foreigner loses his visa.
Simple sentences - no verb 'to be' in the present tense
How to ask a question by raising your voice
Masculine and feminine nouns
он / она and мой / моя
Lesson 2 - Улица - The street
Ivan finds his way to the centre. The foreigner can't find the Bolshoy Theatre.
я знаю / вы знаете
в and на meaning 'to' a place
Lesson 3 - Семья - The family
Ivan arrives at Zoya Petrovna's flat and meets Lyudmila again.
The genitive singular of nouns
можно and нельзя
Lesson 4 - Где вы были? - Where were you?
Ivan meets Vadim.
The use of ты - the familiar form of 'you'
Months of the year
The prepositional case with в and на na meaning 'at' a place
Recognition of infinitives
Introduction to the past tense
The full present tense of знать - to know
Lesson 5 - Гостиница - The hotel
Ivan books in to the hotel Mars and telephones Lyudmila. There are no cockroaches in the hotel.
Days of the week
Short adjectives - открыт and закрыт
The present tense of говорить - to speak
The constructions у меня and у вас used for 'I have' and 'you have'
Lesson 6 - &Eth;есторан - The restaurant
Ivan takes Lyudmila for a meal. The foreigner refuses the soup.
More verbs: хотеть - to want, идти - to go by foot. давать - to give
More about neuter nouns
The accusative case
Adjectives in the nominative case
The word for 'which' - какой
Lesson 7 - О себе - About oneself
Vadim sees them in the restaurant. The foreigner has more problems with soup.
The preposition о meaning 'about' taking the prepositional case
Masculine and feminine nouns ending in a soft sign
Neuter nouns ending in -мя
Impersonal constructions - интересно
Review of verbs
Numbers above 100
Lesson 8 - Время -Time
Peter arrives from England. Ivan invites Lyudmila to the opera.
Using the telephone in Russia
The nominative plural of nouns and adjectives
The genitive plural of masculine nouns
The irregular verb мо?ь - 'to be able to'
Telling the time in whole hours
Lesson 9 - Театр - The theatre
Ivan and Lyudmila at the opera. Why does Lyudmila ring Zoya Petrovna?
Reflexive verbs in present tense
The dative singular of nouns
The use of любить - 'to love' and нравиться 'to please'
The verb играть with в and the accusative - 'to play a sport'
the use of раз - 'a time'
Lesson 10 - Дом - The house
Lyudmila and Tamara discussing Peter. It's time he got married...
The instrumental singular of nouns
The spelling rule that affects the letter o
The genitive plural of feminine and soft sign nouns
The verb igrat' with na and the prepositional - to play an instrument
The irregular verb спать 'to sleep'
Review of case endings
The declension of nouns
The declension of personal pronouns
The declension of the question words ?то and кто
Ruslan 2 Contents
Урок 1 - Семейный альбом
Talking about family and friends.
Accusative singular of adjectives
Nominative and accusative plural of adjectives
Instrumental singular case with быть, интересоваться etc.
Talking about your age
Reading passage on Saint Petersburg
Урок 2 -По?та
Using a Russian post office.
Introduction to verb aspects -perfective and imperfective
Plural of nouns and pronouns - dative, instrumental and prepositional
Урок 3 -Погода
Talking about the weather.
Comparative adjectives and adverbs
Numbers in the genitive case
Reading passage on the Russian climate
Урок 4 - Договорились?
Making arrangements to meet and go out.
Future tenses, perfective and imperfective
Genitive singular of adjectives
Telling the time - minutes past and to the hour
Reading passage on the Moscow metro
Урок 5 - Поликлиника
Going to the doctor's.
Parts of the body
The genitive, dative and instrumental singular of feminine adjectives
The dative singular of masculine adjectives
Reading a fax from Moscow
Song - "Не уезжай, ты, мой голуб?ик!"
Урок 6 - Магазин
Colours and sizes
The prepositional singular of masculine adjectives
Summary of adjective and possessive pronoun endings and этот
Reading passage on Cadbury's in Russia
Урок 7 - Сергиев Посад
Travelling by train.
Introduction to verbs of motion
The use of который - 'which'
The genitive plural of adjectives
Урок 8 - &Eth;абота и отдых
Talking about work and leisure.
More verbs of motion
The conditional mood
The 'animate accusative'
Урок 9 - Как он выглядит?
Personal pronouns себя and сам
Possessive pronoun свой
Negatives ни?то, никто and никогда
Неужели and разве
Reading passage 'Excursion on the Volga'
Урок 10 - Шереметьево
Expressing the date
Reading passage from 'Московская Правда'