https://www.duolingo.com/angelosgeorgakis

Let's learn Russian through a rock song!

I find this song so funny! Both lyrics and music are awesome!

I wrote an analysis of the song with notes on grammar, vocabulary, syntax, cultural things, etc.

Вот такая вот музыка, такая, блин, вечная молодость!!! :)

http://explorerussian.com/learn-russian-songs-eternal-youth/

Hope you like it guys!

Angelos

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/OlenkaMlle
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Thanks for the tip! I'm in this adventure of learning Russian with no help at all! It's a very hard language for a native Portuguese speaker. Hope someday I can say, at least, some few sentences. But, damn, it's hard! The good part is: now I know that German isn't the high mountain I used to think it was. Have a nice week!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angelosgeorgakis

Thank you very much! I'm 100% sure that you can learn Russian on your own. You just to need find out why you want to do it so you can stay motivated. It's a beautiful language. Very rich! Maybe the Russian literature or poetry, or that huge beautiful country, the people who I find very intellectual and deep, the history, the Soviet times and the political context etc... For me it was mathematics and the great Russian mathematicians! Kolmogorov was a Russian mathematician and teacher with a tremendous vision for education! Watch a few Russian films so you start getting familiar with the culture and the sound of the language in your ears. The films will increase your appetite to learn Russian. You can find some films with subtitles here http://explorerussian.com/watch-russian-films-in-a-learning-mode/. Look at the Russian alphabet! It's beautiful! So unusual, enigmatic! :) Are you Portuguese? Don't get me started! What can I say about your music guys? About Fado? About Amalia? About Pessoa? About...about.... :) You see, it's all about finding the reason you want to learn a language! I listen to Fado everyday! I started to speak Portuguese easily after learning Spanish. I am a musician so when I went to Lisbon I met with great musicians, those who play with Mariza and Ana Moura. The music was the connection. Just find your connection! ;) And let us know on your progress!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NellyB18

I say, I'll give you a lingot for Kolmogorov! Do you know, that our standard soviet math schoolbooks were made by him (he was a chief editor)? And they were really great! My son's schoolbooks are much worse.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angelosgeorgakis

Thanks Nelly! I know. What can I say about Kolmogorov? Нет слов!! :) I met his student Prof. Albert Shiryaev in Moscow last year in МГУ.. It was Friday evening... He must be 81 I think...He was there working hard until late. His face was full of energy! An energy that comes from his students, from doing something that he truly loves, from a noble purpose of serving humanity through his research in mathematics. I am sure Kolmogorov must have been like him. This kind of people inspires me and there are a lot of those in Russia. It's the culture. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NellyB18

I am so glad and pleased to read it! Thank you. Вам нравится Москва? Я всегда любила Москву и гордилсь тем, что сама москвичка. Правда, потом я увидела Прагу... и погибла. ("Я увидел ее и погиб" - I saw her and went to pieces - это идиома о любви с первого взгляда - love at first sight).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OlenkaMlle
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Hi, there! No, I'm brazilian. I love to learn new languages, I am fascinated with the Romanov tragic history. So that's my motivation. And I'm here learning English, German (because of family heritage) and French (because c'est très jolly! kkkk). But, what you said about Portuguese music, I share all these impressions with you. I'll let you know about my adventure in the Russian world!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KellyF12
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wow! this website looks amazing! I have been looking for Russian films for ages! Thanks so much. Have a lingot :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angelosgeorgakis

Thanks Kelly! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BillEverett
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Bookmarked the film link! Thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Akkatone
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"Мечта сбывается И не сбывается. Любовь приходит к нам Порой не та. А всё хорошее Не забывается. А всё хорошее И есть мечта."

This is from another song of another singer)))) I heard "Вечная молодость" for many times on radio and parties, but this version of song I hear for the first time)))))

Here is the video of this singer perfomance: http://www.1tv.ru/sprojects_video/si5974/p86597

And here is another version of song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9L0r491xso

P.S. I am really impressed by the work that you have done with lyrics :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angelosgeorgakis

Exactly Akkatone! Yuri Antonov! I was also familiar only with the short version it was only when I decided to write the article that I came across the long version! :) Thanks for your kind words. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CesarRioBrasil
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Thanks! Music helps learners to get more familiar with the sound of a foreign language. I've just started learning Russian and it's quite a challenge, so i'm studying it with the Latin alphabet. Facing the cyrillic one would be too much right now. Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angelosgeorgakis

Thank you so much Cesar! Don't forget to subscribe to get updates and resources! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Catparrot
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Bravo! The analysis (below the dual-language-subtitled song video) really makes the song, for me. Very unexpected (I hope that's not a spoiler).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angelosgeorgakis

Thanks Catparrot! I hope you find some useful tips there! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NellyB18

Very detailed analysis! But please take into account that there are several mistakes in the explanation. Sorry...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angelosgeorgakis

Please Nelly, I would be grateful to you if you could point out those mistakes to me! Thank you so much! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NellyB18

I'll try to...

1) "Каморка" does not refer to an "актовый зал" only. One may call so any small room or closet, sometimes even without windows. "Каморка" often has a negative connotation. It's something very small, dark and poor. That's why "папа Карло" lived there: he was a poor street barrel organ player.

2) "Под условием" sounds a bit strange. "При условии" (Prepositional Case) is much more usual.

3) The verb "сбываться" = "to come true" is always with СЯ. Its perfective pair is "сбыться". "Сбывать" also exists, but means very different. It is IMperfective of "to market", "to trade off" (something like сбывать товар крупными партиями). The perfective pair is "сбыть". Что делать? - сбываться, что сделать? - сбыться. Что делать? - сбывать, что сделать? - сбыть. "Сбыть с рук" - dispose of something one does not need, actually maybe nobody needs. :)

4) "Географичка": it is funny, but such a rude accent refers only to female teachers. Male teachers are usually called with neutral words: "географ". Probably it is so because the teachers in soviet schools were (and still are!) mainly females. :) Officially it is "учительница географии".

Математика - учитель/учительница математики - математик - математичка

Физика - учитель/учительница физики - физик - физичка

Химия -... - химик - химичка (and sometimes even the horrible one - химоза!) etc.

Русский язык и литература - ... - русист - русичка

Английский язык - ... - англичанин - англичанка etc. (such as nationality)

5) "Хотя он был женат, ОН имел роман с..." The second "он" is necessary. It is a compound sentence consisting of 2 simple ones, and each of them needs its own subject. The same: "Несмотря на то, что он был женат, ОН имел..."

"Хоть и он был женат..." is incorrect.

Correct: "Хоть он И был женат, он имел..." with intonational stress on "был" (voice up) Or: "И хотя он был женат, он..." here stress on "женат".

"Хоть и он..." can make sense in phrases like "Хотя И ОН (ТОЖЕ) был женат..." (like someone else)

"Хотя" and "хоть" are actually the same, the second one is more colloquial.

6) "... исключать is like locking someone in, i.e. excluding them." Hmmmmmmm...... "locking someone IN" = "Включать", "ИСключать" = "locking someone OUT" It does not work with electrical appliances! :) "turn/switch on" = "включать", "turn out" = "ВЫключать".

7) "Развестись" = "to get divorcED", eh?

8) "Hold the glass for me for a while please!" = "ПОдержи стаканчик, пожалуйста!" "Держи стаканчик!" - informal, when I give you a glass FOR YOU, to drink. = "Have a glass here!" "Стаканчик" is a diminutive for "стакан", you know.

9) Please note that "a special type of numerals that takes several objects as a group" (двое, трое, четверо...) never refers to a femininum. (And don't ask me why!) У меня двое сыновей и ДВЕ ДОЧЕРИ. "Двое дочерей" is awfully incorrect. But it refers to some plural nouns, such as "брюки", "трусы", "ножницы", "сани" etc. Two pieces of jeans is "двое джинсов", never "два джинса"!

10) "Блин" is a half-decent euphemism for a VERY indecent word, which also starts with БЛ and means "a prostitute" (see Russian mat - strong language). Some people (Me, too, I confess!) use "блин!" as an interjection with a connotation of some surprise, disappointment or even sarcasm, such as in this song. (Actually, HIS молодость is already away, it is NOT вечная!) "Блин" literally means "a pancake".

Enough? :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angelosgeorgakis

Wooooow!!! Awesome!! Shame I can't give more than one lingo! :) :) Thank you so much Nelly.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NellyB18

It was fun for me. :) Actually, I even don't need lingots. I already have 206 (!) and can't imagine how to spend them. If you want, you may sometimes ask me of some Russian details. Spreading Russian all over the world is a pleasure for me. :))))))))))))

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angelosgeorgakis

Thanks Nelly! Maybe I can send you flowers, where do you live? :) 206?? Makes sense.. people give lingos when you add value! :) Thanks again, Angelos

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alex_tv80
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У неё была склонность к завышению. – She had a tendency to sing too high.

Блин! I am a native speaker and I did not get this sentence right ))) I thought it means "She had a tendency to value herself too much" )))

2 years ago
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