Сходим в русскую баню с SRAS.
Let's go to Russian banya with SRAS.
Welcome to Russia! Добро пожаловать в Россию! You have been invited here in preparation for a virtual visit to Russian banya. You’ll be joining Russian peer tutors and our cultural guide. SRAS is excited to bring you to Russian banya virtually and we hope one day we’ll see you in Russia in person and you’ll try it yourself. Very nice to meet you! Очень рады познакомиться!
Let’s start by watching a short video from one of our previous experiences at the banya:
So how does this work? SRAS will let you know when the experience will take place and how to access it. At the designated time, log in and imagine yourself in Russia! Peer tutors and our cultural guide will tell you a bit about themselves and show you Russian banya. The experience is in English, but we’ll sprinkle some Russian in there, too – listen carefully. During the experience, please consider the following:
- If you can’t hear – let us know – send a chat or speak up
- If you have a question, don’t be shy – just ask or send it via chat
- We might have some polls or questions for you to keep things interesting – please participate. Remember that these are just for fun, we’re not grading!
- Studying Russian? Watch and listen for words you know (see list below)
See you soon! Скоро увидимся!
Cлова для тебя! Words for you!
- баня – banya (traditional Russian steam bath)
- традицонный – traditional
- расслабля́ться- рассла́биться – to relax
- мы́ться – to wash oneself (мы́ться – imperfective, помы́ться – perfective)
- пар – steam
- Температура 80 гра́дусов по Цельсию – The temperature is 80 degrees Celsius (=176 degrees Fahrenheit)
- ша́пка – hat
- пе́чка – stove, heater
- ве́ник – a bunch of twigs
- берёза – birch
- пи́хта – fir tree
- дуб – oak
- массажи́ровать – to massage
- поле́зный для здоро́вья – healthy
- мне/тебе/ему жа́рко – I/you/he feel(s) hot
- пры́гать – to jump (пры́гать – imperfective, пры́гнуть – perfective)
- снег – snow
- охлажда́ться – охлади́ться – to cool down
- квас – kvass (traditional Russian soft drink made from rye bread)
- совреме́нный – modern
- бассе́йн – a swimming pool
Что мы увидим? What will we see?
We will see traditional Russian banya. Don’t hesitate to ask if you are curious about something you see. This is an opportunity not just to see a place, but get a sense of the people there. We’re looking forward to seeing you – до встречи!
Тебе понравилось? Did you enjoy it?
After the event, let us know how it went! We’d love to hear from you!
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.
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.
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.
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. Already I feel that my Russian has improved immensely, especially my listening and speaking.
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.
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!