In this course you will learn about the origin of some Russian idioms, their history and how to use them today. We will practise using them by finding synonyms and antonyms. Biblical expressions are a rich source of colloquialisms, closely tied with Russian history and very expressive. We will also learn idioms connected with work and idioms about using hands or arms. Finally we will study the many idioms associated with the Russian word for ‘soul’ and learn how these are used to describe emotions and states of mind. By the end of this course, you will be using Russian idioms naturally and accurately in your speech!
The aim of «Russian Idioms» is to acquaint foreign students with the most important Russian idioms and teach them to correctly use them in speech. Any feeling - love, delight, surprise, fear, or how we feel about what's happening - can be expressed much more precisely and emotionally if we use idioms.
By taking this course and completing the included exercises, you will:
- Analyze Russian idioms in order to understand their meaning on your own;
- Understand idioms and match them with their definition;
- Replace collocations with idioms;
- Use idiomatic expressions in speech and accordingly correctly form sentences with various constructions;
- Make use of the idiomatic riches of Russian and more fully take part in conversations;
- Move your communicative competence up a notch.
Lesson 1. Russian Idioms
Lesson 2. Biblical Idioms in Russian
Lesson 3. Russian idioms with the verb работать (to work)
Lesson 4. Russian idioms with the word руки (arms/hands)
Lesson 5. Russian idioms with the word душа (soul)
Education: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 1987
Teaching experience: since 1991
«I have been teaching Russian as a foreign language for over 20 years in various roles that included the preparatory faculty for foreign students in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, advanced Russian instruction and teacher training, and retraining center for foreign citizens. I have published 15 scientific articles and textbooks on methods of teaching foreign languages.»
- 5 hours of distance learning in Adobe Connect or Zoom in a group with a teacher;
- 5 hours of distance learning on the platform Canvas - student works individually. After every lesson, complete practical exercises on this learning platform to reinforce your knowledge
- 1 hour bonus lesson: summarize material, question-answer with teacher in a group;
- class size is limited to 6;
- access to all course materials;
- certificate of completion.
- 07 Dec (2 weeks)
- 11 Jan (2 weeks)
- 25 Jan (2 weeks)
- 30 Jan (6 weeks)
- 08 Feb (2 weeks)
- Online group lessons run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the two-week period or every Saturday during the six-week period;
- Timing is approximately between 19.00 and 21.30 Kyiv time (two-weeks course) and between 11.00 and 13.30 Kyiv time / 18.00 and 21.30 Kyiv time (six-weeks course).