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Lesson 65

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(65-)

Sixty fifth lesson

     
 

(65)

Lesson number sixty five (#65)

     
  . One cannot remember everything
    [Of all you will not remember]
1 . I was born in the year 1895 [1895 year].
2 ! (1). In the last century! This affects me terribly.
     
3 ! , I was born in the nineteenth century! It must be for this,
4 , . (that) I have not enough politeness and "romanticism" for our days; I am a humourist.
5 . , . About myself [oneself] I know very little. I do not even know where I was born.
6 . Either in Poltava or in St Petersburg.
7 , () (2). In one identity-paper it is [said] like this, In the other like that.
8 -, "" (). Apparently one of the papers is a forgery [a lime-tree m].
9 , : . Which of them is a forgery is difficult to guess ; both are badly made.
10 (4).
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For the date [with the years] also (there is) confusion. In one document is indicated 1895,
11 ... in the other 1896.
     
12 ... Professions I had a great many.
13 ,
, (5) :
The most interesting professions, beside the most various military ones, have been these :
14 1) . 1) Student of the University of Petrograd.
  2) ( ) (6) 2) Commander of the Post-(Office) and Telegraph, under [near] Kerenski.
15 3) (7) ( - ), 3) Agent of Criminal Research, district Leningrad-Orianenbaum (Oranienbaum).
16 4) . 4) Instructor for the breeding of rabbits.
  5) (8). 5) Policeman [militiaman of the guard].
17 6) . 6) Telephonist of the frontier-guard.
  7) (9). 7) Cobbler.
18 8) (10). 8) Office-clerk of the military port of Petrograd.
19 . There has been yet a multitude of other professions.
20 . One can't remember everything.
  ( M. : ). (From M. Zochtchenko's book : "Days in our life").
 

EXERCISE
1 , . This paper does not say [On this p. is not said] where you were born.
2 . I speak to you politely.
3 . I completely muddle up Russian declensions.
4 . He died in [the year] 1906.
5 . Here is what surprises me most.
6 ,
.
There was nobody here, beside you and me [us with you].
7 ? Where did you serve in war-time?
8 I saw a multitude of interesting things (plur. fem. genit.).
    sing. femin.
 

ADDITIONAL EXERCISE

1 () . Show (me) your papers.
2 . I have no papers on me.
3 . This costs one thousand (accus.) roubles.
4 . He receives one thousand roubles a month.
5 . More than one thousand (genit.) roubles.
6 . A few thousand (gen. plur.) roubles.
7 ? What are you looking for (imperf.)?
8 . Help me to look (for it) (perf.).
9 . He was looking for us everywhere.
10 , . I seek, I shall seek.
     
    Let us note :
  be polite.
  you make me sad.
  this is why I can't.
  - Apparently life is monotonous here.
  I got mixed up in the figures
  , All consented except him.
 

NOTES -

AK-NOTE

1 , ( , one hundred years) : a century, (like ), or a centenary.
A centenarian is : /.
, to afflict.
Same root as , bitter.
, sorrow.
 
2 , identity paper.
? : your papers?
, ? : How must we do, like this or like that?
 
3 -: apparently;
: evidently.
(, ).
, the lime-tree; also a forgery.
: pertaining to the lime-tree or faked.
 
4 : to muddle up.
: she muddles up everything.
: Don't confuse me .
- : I'm getting mixed up.
-! : That's a fine muddle!
 
5 + genit. : beside, except.
: there was nobody beside us.
: moreover.
, , the most;
: the greatest.
: various, formed of , different and (S. less. 64, N. 3).
: monotonous.
(viei) : military.
: war.
 
6 : the University.
: the commander, the chief;
: the commandant of a battalion (major).
 
7 , criminal, has nothing to do with , the corner,
, in the corner;
compare with , the head.
is related to , to seek;
, , .
 
8 : the rabbit;
: rabbit-breeder.
or : to lead, conduct.
or : to breed (animals), to grow (plants).
comes from , post, watch.
: to mount guard.
 
9 , from , frontier.
: safe-guard, protection.
, from , shoe, boot.
 
10 , from , the desk, counter.  

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