Peterburgians explain Russian Grammar on the street

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Peterburgians explain Russian Grammar on the street

Postby georgakis » Wed 18 Jan 2017 10:39 am

Hi all,

I asked random people on the streets of St. Petersburg to explain the verb aspects to me, ie. imperfective and perfective verbs.

I got insanely beautiful explanations! I thought everyone around me was a linguist! :)

Enjoy the video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEt8is1OKTc

Angelos

PS: Press [cc] to turn English and Russian subs on!

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Re: Peterburgians explain Russian Grammar on the street

Postby Yanglish » Mon 06 Feb 2017 10:34 am

Nice video. Friendly people.

Thanks Angelos.
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Re: Peterburgians explain Russian Grammar on the street

Postby Mikhail » Sat 25 Feb 2017 11:41 pm

Oh, my city!

Great video, thanks. So are you getting better with those verbs now?
It needs some practice, and not always there is logic.
One very useful example is "я смогу", it means "I will be able".
It is like "can" in future tense.

"will you be able to do it?"
"сможешь это сделать?"

"I will finish my job and will be able to do something else."
"Я закончу работу и смогу делать что-то другое."

So sometimes it means just future tense, sometimes perfective, e.g.
"ты сможешь?" is like asking "can you do it [and finish it successfully] ? "

Comes in handy and it seems there is no analogue in English.
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Re: Peterburgians explain Russian Grammar on the street

Postby OmniGeorge » Thu 23 Mar 2017 7:46 am

Learning russian atm so good to see what the Russians actually say. Thnx for this video! /George
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