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Self study guide for elementary level learners of Russian
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Phrasebook Topic 13

Subjects at School

Russian grammar and vocabulary. Unit 4
Grammar Lesson 13
Questions 'Какой' and 'Как?': Adjectives vs Adverbs.Formation of Adverbs. Adverbs of Place and Time
Grammar Lesson 14
Talking about languages: русский язык vs по-русски. Language skills vs study or knowledge of language
Phrasebook Topic 11
Phrasebook Topic 12
Cardinal and Ordinal Numerals
Quiz 10
Check what you have learned from Grammar Lessons 13-14 and Phrasebook Topic 11 with this 10 minute quiz.
Grammar Lesson 15
Denoting a Direct Object. Accusative Case of Nouns (Formation of Singular Forms). Transitive and Intransitive verbs
Grammar Lesson 16
Accusative Case of Adjectives, Possessive and Demonstrative Pronouns. The verb хотеть - to want
Grammar Lesson 17
Studying and Teaching: изучать, учиться, заниматься, преподавать. Verbs with -ся
Phrasebook Topic 13
Subjects at School
Phrasebook Topic 14
About Myself
Quiz 11
Check what you have learned from Grammar Lessons 15-17 and Phrasebook Topics 13-14 with this 10 minute quiz.
Test 4
Check what you have learned from Grammar Lessons 13-17 and Phrasebook Topics 11-14.

 Лексика                                                                Subjects at School

Word Formation: Subject - Specialist - Department  

You can use vocabulary and phrases offered in this topic to talk about courses you are taking at university/school, your major/specialty, your faculty/department.

Most Russian words for subjects at university/school and for student's major are nouns.

Most Russian words for faculties (divisions, departments) are adjectives.

You will hear three different words in each sound file.

Example: история - историк - исторический факультет

The first word in line история means history as a subject of study, the second one историк means historian - specialist in this field, the third one исторический факультет means faculty of history.


Study the list of words below. 


Гуманитарные и общественные науки - The Humanities (or Arts) and Social Studies

subject (course) - specialist in this field - the name of school division (faculty)

Listen and repeat: 

история - историк - исторический факультет

лингвистика - лингвист - лингвистический факультет

музыка - музыкант - музыкальный факультет

педагогика - педагог - педагогический факультет

политология - политолог - политологический факультет

психология - психолог - психологический факультет

социология - социолог - социологический факультет

филология - филолог - филологический факультет

философия - философ - философский факультет

экология - эколог - экологический факультет

экономика - экономист - экономический факультет

юриспруденция - юрист- юридический факультет





 political science



 philology (study of language and literature)




 science of law


Естественные и точные науки - Natural and Exact Sciences

subject (course) - specialist in this field - the name of school division (faculty)

Listen and repeat: 

биология - биолог - биологический факультет

геология - геолог - геологический факультет

математика - математик - математический факультет

медицина - медик - медицинский факультет

физика - физик - физический факультет

химия - химик - химический факультет









  • Suffix -ическ- is usually used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning of a field of knowledge. To form most of such adjectives remove the letters -ия (история) or -ика (физика) from the noun and add -ическ-ий to that noun (-ий - masculine adjective ending).
    история - исторический факультет 
    физика - физический факультет

  • Exceptions (adjectives formed with the suffix -ск- instead of expected -ическ-): 
  • медицина - медицинский

    философия - философский

Note two different sentence structures to say what courses you are taking and where (in what faculty/department) you study. Listen and repeat:

1. Я изучаю историю.

I study history (I'm taking history).

2. Я учусь на историческом факультете.

I am (I study) in the history department.

 Reading and writing: I study...

1. Use the texts below as the model for you own story. Read these texts aloud at least three times.



А.     Здравствуйте! Меня зовут Аня. Я живу в Москве и учусь в университете на педагогическом факультете. Я изучаю педагогику, психологию, историю, английский язык и русскую литературу.


Б.      Здравстуйте! Меня зовут Игорь. Я живу в Санут-Петербурге и учусь в университете на медицинском факультете. Я изучаю медицину, математику, химию, биологию, *а также экономику и латинский язык.


* а также - and also


2. Make up your own story. Tell what is your name, where you live and study, what courses you are taking.

3. Write down your story on paper or type it on your computer, then read it aloud at least three times. 

4. Keep your story for future reference.

 Speaking:  I study...

Memorize your story and retell it without looking at the paper or computer.


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