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До начала Олимпиады осталось чуть меньше чем 1000 дней, а Сочи уже стало определенно "спортивной" столицей нашей Родины:) Все ведущие соревнования проходят именно здесь. И вот теперь завтра, 19-20 мая в Сочи состоится финал Открытого чемпионата России по футболу среди детских домов и школ-интернатов на Кубок Мегафона «Будущее зависит от тебя».

Так что уже завтра в Сочи съедутся 22 команды из России, Абхазии, Таджикистана и Южной Осетии.Кроме того, победителей этих соревнований ждет особенный приз! Поездка в Лондон и встреча с футболистами легендарного клуба "Арсенал"!

По моему, такие впечатления юные футболисты не забудут никогда!
Тем более, что этот чемпионат на Кубок «Будущее зависит от тебя!» - это возможность помочь ребятам, оказавшимся без попечения родителей показать себя, раскрыть спортивные таланты и обрести большую мечту, которая позволит найти верные ориентиры в жизни.
И вполне возможно, что именно эти ребята смогут стать звездами нашего футбола и может даже будут представлять нашу страну на Олимпиаде или даже на Чемпионате мира по футболу=)


Так что будем болеть за будущих звезд! Хотя я буду болеть за ребят из Кавказского филиала - родной все таки=)

Вся официальная информация по мероприятию собрана здесь: http://www.football.megafon.ru/
 
 
19 September 2010 @ 12:38 pm


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21 June 2010 @ 04:49 pm
Как дела, братаны? Live with Plushenko, episode 5, is on tonight! We'll be starting an hour later tonight, so the watchpost will be at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST. And the watchpost party will be in this post :D
ETA: LESS THAN 10 MINUTES
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14 June 2010 @ 07:51 pm
COME ON IN AND LET'S WATCH!

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ЗДРАВСТВУИТЕ! WE'RE DOING A DOUBLE-FEATURE WATCHPOST TOMORROW AT 8 PM EST!

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11 June 2010 @ 01:58 pm
So, as promised, I am uploading the audio pronunciation guides. Besides the couple of requests, I'll go into some of the more important things, like consonant combinations. I'll put them in separate posts because after this is it's a whole other can of worms and to make it easier to find the separate sounds.

------------------- GUIDE TO HARD AND SOFT Л AND Н------------------------

The first and probably most important thing to remember is the state of the soft sign ь

ь has no actual sound of its own. It simply modifies the letter closest to it. Save for a few characters, it doesn't affect the real pronunciation of them, simply because some of the sound combinations will naturally produce the soft/hard differentiation when you speak and you'd generally have to actually try to make the sound hard. A lot of Cyrillic alphabets consider it superfluous and have cut it out.

However, it does tie in directly to the pronunciation and differentiation of Л vs ЛЬ and Н vs НЬ:

To grasp the scope of these pronunciation changes, I'll provide to you a bit of help from southern Cyrillic. When Л and Н are soft, they are romanised with a European style "j" following them. Consider this "j" the soft sign. When you see LJ and NJ, they will automatically change to these soft characters. This rule is especially useful to apply to the other sounds that modify these letters (the reason I'm using "j" to romanise this is that "y" is often considered romanisation for ы although j often also romanises й).

Soft sign audio! (turn up the volume because the MP3 turned out all sad and quiet :( )

Consider these modifying characters as beginning with a "j" instead of the "y" you usually see in pronunciation guides:

Я (ja)
Ë (jo)
Ю (ju)
Е (je)

Clickyclicky to get the audio guide!

Now, whenever you see Л or Н followed by these characters, they become soft. Also, unless they are followed by these or the soft sign, you can usually assume that the letter is normal. The only problem is with E and Ë. Since the Russian keyboard doesn't contain the Ë, it's not usually typed and you're supposed to differentiate on your own. Well, when you see E after Л, it's most LIKELY to be Ë, just because the "lje" is hard to produce. Just remember that flow is the most important thing when speaking a language, so practicing letter combinations will eventually lead to natural recognition of these changed characters, as L and N are swallowed more than the other consonant sounds!
 
 
07 June 2010 @ 07:31 pm
We're starting in about a half hour, so get in here and let's party! :D

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06 June 2010 @ 07:33 pm
Привет! So in regards to the whole downloading situation, I come bearing good news and bad news.

The Good: I have found high quality downloads!

The Bad: They have no translations. D: I'm going to try to caption them for the next watchpost after this if I can, but no promises - subtitles are hard to make. D:

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06 June 2010 @ 02:22 am
I've noticed a lot of people talking about difficulty nailing pronunciation, especially with regards to the changes in soft and hard consonants. Russian is a difficult language to master precisely because pronunciation of letters changes, dependent on the preceding or succeeding characters (unlike southern Cyrillic alphabets and languages, which are perfectly phonetic).

Most of you will have some form of audio reference so I won't go into the pronunciation of individual characters, but if you have any request of a specific letter combination or word you would like pronounced, please leave a comment here. I plan to post audio samples (please note though, I speak with a bit of southern intonation so these are basic sound guides, not life-altering words of God or anything).


Please post any requests by Tuesday, which is when I plan to post the samples (of course you can always request afterwards).


ПОКА!




PS: the long, convoluted story of Russian pronunciation has warranted an equally convoluted guide to vowel and consonant changes in my textbook. If anyone would like to trudge through the theory, I could type that up too~


EDIT: K GUYS, I'M EXTENDING THIS TO FRIDAY~ IT'LL GIVE ME MORE TIME TO DO THE RECORDINGS AND GIVE YOU ANOTHER CHANCE TO DO YOUR REQUESTS!
 
 
31 May 2010 @ 07:51 pm
THIS IS A PLATINUM WATCHPOST

WE'RE WATCHING EPISODE 1 AT 8 PM - THE LINK IS HERE.

IF YOU DIDN'T DOWNLOAD IT, HERE IS A LINK TO THE STREAMING VIDEO.