Can anyone explain this to me? I was getting very impatient with the transliterated Russian which appeared in the lessons. Suddenly, without my being aware that I had changed anything, the font switched to Cyrillic (Ура!) But now it's back to phonetics. Sigh! What can I do to keep it in Cyrillic? Thanks!
Thanks. But I don't have any trouble writing in Cyrillic (nor, for what it's worth, do I have a smart phone). My question was why what I'm reading in the lessons themselves fluctuates between alphabets. Lately it seems to be in real Russian, but I have no idea why that changed...
It's because we're not talking about the room specifically. For example, "This room is big" Эта комната - большая. "This is my big room." Это моя большая комната. It's primary due to the "this is" construction given to us here. You cannot express "this is/it is/that is" with эта/этот/это (средний род). You do so with Это.
In American English, "bathroom" is often a euphemism for "toilet room" - there's no tub or shower in many "bathrooms". Many Americans are quite uncomfortable talking about bodily functions, at least in public, so in "polite society", you're expected to use all sorts of indirect references to them, if you mention them at all.
If you're at a party and you ask the host, "Where's the bathroom?", you will be directed to a room with a toilet and a sink for washing your hands. You're not asking for a room in which you can bathe.