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Lesson 64

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(64-)

Sixty fourth lesson

     
 

(64)

Lesson number sixty four (#64)

     
  (1) For the education of the people
     
1 , (N. 1) (2). Of course, the population (neuter) studied slackly [feebly] enough the metric system.
2 (), A few half-educated [intelligent] (people) cannot yet imagine at once,
     
3 () (4). how much, for instance, a kilometre (kilometer) weighs.
4 , , () (5) . But, thank (God) the match trust came to the rescue in time.
5 : " () The newspapers write : For a wide knowledge, by [of] the population, of [with] the metric system,
6 : () (7). (it has been) decided to issue matches with, printed on the labels of the boxes, the metric table.
7 -!
(8) : - , ...
Now [here's) thanks very much !
[Only] one (thing) wrong : a match box is a ,... how should (I) say, fragile affair.
8 (9). (It is) necessary to perpetuate the metric system [measure] more monumentally;
9 .
(10).
(let us) say, an a statue [monument];
(let us) say, on comrade Peter the Great.
10 (11). Let a notice be (put up) on him.
11 , (12) : Or at the least, let him hold a placard at arm's length [in stretched arm] :
     
12 , , - (13). " now I, my friends [little brothers] together with (my) horse, weigh so much ".
13 , ... The population will get interested and learn what (they) must.
14 ... The population is really backward enough...
15 What's the good of [Of what there] speaking about the metric system :
16 (14). the multiplication table, many don't know (it).
17 A ? And (why) not print this same multiplication table on cigarette packets?
18 . Let the people smoke and multiply.
  ( : ). (From Michael Zoshtchenko's book : "Days in our life")
 

EXERCISE
1 , . I study the Russian tongue, but I am far from having learnt it.
2 , . You cannot imagine how it happened.
3 . Go to his help.
4 . The Volga is the grandest and widest river in Europe.
5 , .
, , .
I hope that your mother [to your mother] is better to-day
No, unhappily she [to her] is worse.
6 ? What do you hold In your hand?
7 . He held his hands behind his back.
8 , . As soon as [As only] you are acquainted with the work (fem.), you will be interested in it.
9 , . Do not believe [in] all that is printed.
10 ? You have at last made up your mind?
  , . - No, I can't make up my mind.
 

ADDITIONAL EXERCISE

1 . Give me a box (ace.) of matches (gen. plur.).
2 . These French matches are worth nothing.
3 . I desire to be acquainted with your father.
4 . His father acquainted him with the business.
5 . He held her by the hand (acc.).
6 (1). She holds a child on her arms (prepos.).
7 , . Hold on a minute longer, we conic to your help.
8 or . He held out (perf.) a book or his hand, to me.
9 ? What are you dragging (imp.) behind you (instr.)?
10 . He has always much money (gen. plur.).
11 . Many of them did not know, where to go.
     
    Let us pin up :
  () Some (many) of us did not pay for admittance.
  , , It is how shall I say at the least strange.
  (Proverb.) : no ill without good :
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.
  ! Let me go!
  or , ! Let him do what he likes.
  , , ! (Prov.) : Live a century, study a century, you will die a fool.
 

NOTES -

AK-NOTE

1 : The Board of [national) Education.
The root of is , the light.
: to shine.
: to light up.
 
2 , weak, contrary of , strong.
- (perf.) : to learn something completely.
-: to study something.
, the meter.
: the metric system.
 
3 : some, a few.
: some of them.
: to understand, represent to oneself.
(: fashion, shape, image, icon).
: in some way.
: in this way.
 
4 ( ) : .
: , to weigh, I have the weight of.
, : to hang (transitive).
 
5 : a match; : adjective from match.
!
: Help!
! : Police!
 
6 : known.
: knowledge.
: to make the acquaintance of.
- ... : to get to know, make oneself acquainted with.
 
7 : to print; : the press (newspapers).
: the evening papers.
: the box.
: the table, list.
 
8 : bad. : worse.
: All goes worse and worse.
 
9 : the century.
: in the centuries of centuries.
: perpetual, eternal.
 
10 ϸ : comrade Peter the Great.
,
a synonym of  , or, rather: grand.
,
the giant.
:
Great Britain.
 
11 or more correctly , or , corresponds to : Let...
or ! Let him come.
or : to let, let go.
!: let me go!
 
12 : extremity, edge, region;
: extreme.
: at least.
: at the extreme
: to draw.
: to stretch.
- : to hold, keep.
, : keep left, right.
, ...: I hold the wager that, I bet that...
 
13 , plur. , diminutive of , brother, (plur. ).  
14 is here in the genitive on account of the negative turn of the sentence.
In , multiplication, we find , many (or much).
(adverb), (adj. variable);
(perf.) : to multiply.
: multitude.
 
     
(1) is the hand or the arm, just as is the foot or the leg.
(dimin.) : small hand, or penholder, or handle.
: umbrella handle.
: small foot or the leg of a piece of furniture.
: the leg of a table.
 

(Don't Do It Section)

This lesson is rather difficult;
so we advise you to pass over it without going too deep, then to come back to it, two or three times in a few days: things will become clear by degrees.

This text is by Zoshtchenko, whose works were banned by the Russian government, in 1946, for "scorn towards the people" .