Поболтаем о прошлых путешествиях с Еленой
Добро пожаловать, болтуны! You have been invited here to prepare to join Elena Zarubna, SRAS Peer Tutor, in a discussion about “Past Travels”.
SRAS is excited to be working with you!
Let’s start by letting Elena introduce herself:
So how does this work? Your instructor will let you know when the event will be and, if needed, how to log into it. Elena will start by introducing her subject in a short five-minute talk. Then she will lead you in discussion using the Russian vocabulary you learned in advance (see below) and following the questions below, which hopefully you will have also taken the time to consider in advance. Скоро увидимся!
Новые слова для тебя!
- впечатление – impression
- обожать (что?), восхищаться (чем?) – to adore, to admire
- устать – to get tired
- предпочитать – to prefer
- опыт – experience
- акклиматизация – acclimatization
- культурный шок – culture shock
- транссибирская магистраль – Trans-Siberian Railway
- ларёк – kiosk
- плацкартный вагон (=плацкарт) – couchette car
- быт – everyday life
- джетлаг – jet lag
- тур / путёвка – package tour
О чем именно будем болтать?
Consider how you would respond to the following questions:
- Вы любите путешествовать?
- Какие города и страны вы посетили? Что вам понравилось больше всего?
- Как вы думаете, что самое важное в путешествиях? (архитектура, опыт, люди и др.)
- Куда бы вы хотели поехать?
- Как вы считаете, лучше покупать тур в турагентстве или путешествовать самостоятельно? Почему?
- Какой вид транспорта вам нравится больше всего?
- Слышали ли вы про Транссибирскую магистраль?
- Если бы вы поехали в Россию, то какие места вы бы посетили?
After the event, let us know how it went! We’d love to hear from you!
My semester back home so far has been incredibly influenced by my semester abroad with SRAS and I find myself talking about it almost daily. Since many of my classes touch on the region (Europe after Socialism, Central Asian Politics), I’m able to add comments and insights unavailable to me before. My contributions to our Russian club have also been greatly enriched. Thank you for everything you did to facilitate this experience and going out of your way to ensure our success.
At a time in my life when I was at a crossroads regarding where my career might take me, this course showed me a path that truly inspired me, and I haven’t looked back since.
The program here is wonderful. All of my teachers have been extremely helpful and I have made friends both here in the dorms and with others who live in the city and find that I often have many opportunities to practice Russian outside of the classroom. The university also has a speaking club which is comprised of both Russian and foreign students solely for the purpose of speaking practice in Russian. Already I feel that my Russian has improved immensely,especially my listening and speaking.
I spent Fall and Spring with your program in St. Petersburg and it was truly the highlight and culmination of my University experience and just a banner year! I can’t thank you enough for or gush enough about your program. I recommend it to just about everyone I talk to, whether or not they’re interested in learning Russian.
I wanted to find a program that combined my love of Russia and my passion for environmental studies. Because of my interest in environmental issues, Lake Baikal had always been a site of interest to me. Studying abroad in Siberia gives you the opportunity to see a completely different side of Russia and the Russian people. Just think, few people at home even know that Siberia is anything but a wintery tundra!
I’ve studied in Irkutsk and St. Petersburg with SRAS, but [Bishkek] is, by far, my favorite because of the intense focus on speaking skills. I spend about three hours, 4 times a week speaking one-on-one. It’s such a unique opportunity! The people are also especially friendly here. My homestay is fantastic, the coordinator is a never-ending wealth of help, and the food of Central Asia is delicious.