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Lesson 34

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(34-)

Thirty fourth lesson

     
 

(34)

Lesson number thirty four (#34)

     
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    I am not exacting
1 , .
(1), (2) ...
Good day, "citizeness".
I (come) from comrade Ivanov who told me...
     
2 , (3)...
(4) ?
I know, he telephoned [rang] to me.
You (come) about [on account of] the flat?
     
3 ; , . Yes, I hope that you can receive me.
     
4 .
(5) , ...

With pleasure.
But I (am) obliged to say that we live simply enough [enough simple].

     
5 ; I am not exacting about [on account of] the board [table].
     
6 , (6). As regards [what regards of] the flat, one room is sufficient for me.
     
7 (7)

I shall give you a good room.

     
8 (8) . and you can stay [sit] here as much as you like.
     
9 , . We have not for the present another tenant, but the family is large :
     
10 ; (9) :
, (10) .
(my) husband and I; his sister and our children :
two sons and three daughters, ail grown up.
     
11 (11). Both sons work [serve] with their father at the factory.
12 , (12). the eldest daughter is a teacher; the youngest two (are) still students...
13 , . All live here, so that you will have company [to you will be company].
14 , , . In the evening we [(they)] read, sing, play on the balalaika.
15 . On the whole, (it is) cheerful at [our] home.
     
  A song
16 , , (13)?
.

Canary, canary, where have you been [were you]?
- At the Fontanka*, I drank vodka.

    *Fntanka Canal, in Petrograd.
17 , ,
.
I drank tip a small glass, I drank up two;
(it) made-noise in (my) head.
18 ,
.
The music began to play
our canary began to dance.
 

ADDITIONAL EXERCISE

1 . (It is) warm in this flat (preposit.).
2 . Let us go to my flat (accus. : motion).
3 ! . Look ! here is the window of my flat (genit.).
4 . His sister is not yet ready.
5 . Here is the son of his sister (gen.).
6 ? Do you know his sister (accus.) ?
7 . Give this to his sister (dative).
8 . I go to the factory (accus. : motion).
9 . It is not far from the factory (gen.).
10 . He works in the factory (prepos.).
 

NOTES -

AK-NOTE

1

Genitive after .
Nomin. : .

 
2

, what, is also who, the relative pronoun.
? Who sits there?
, : the man who sits there.
? What time is it?

 
3 (understood ).  
4 : account, reckoning, bill.
(+ genitive) : on account of, about.
 
5

, : I (masc.) (am) obliged, he (is) obliged.
, : I (fem.) (am) obliged, she (is) obliged.
, , , we, you, they (are) obliged to...

 
6

: the room or a room.
, one room. , of one room.

 
7

Nomin.: .

 
8

, which pleases, is pleasant.
: as you like [how you pleased].
?: what can I do for you?
? Would you not like to...

 
9

(ievw) is either a personal pronoun : , I know him;
or a possessive : his : , I know his house.
: here is his brother
In this case it never takes the initial (euphonic) .
  , without him.
  , without his brother.

 
10

In the singular : , a son and a daughter.

 
11

, the factory.
: at [in] the factory (preposit.).
: the father. : with the father (instrum.) .

 
12

, the student (masc.) ; , the students.
, the girl-student ; , the girl-students.
We have seen (Less. 13) : , to teach, hence: , master, and , mistress.
becomes (dvie) in the feminine.

 
13

: thou, which we shall use only later.

 

Weird Associations Section

If you have not the records, try to sing on some familiar tune, like Twinkle, twinkle, little star which fits in quite well.

Do not sift too carefully the text of the songs :
we  cannot so far explain them to you in details.
Yet, thanks to the music, these few lines will stick in your memory.