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Easter (Pascha)      А2-B1 – video 13 min

Easter is the most important Christian festival dedicated to the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It symbolises the victory of life over death. It is a glorious celebration of peace, goodness and invincible life. Christ has risen!


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23 february - Defender of the Fatherland Day      А2-B1 - video 15:30 min

Defender of the Fatherland Day is a public holiday in Russia. Many celebrate this holiday, many do not. People have different attitudes to this holiday. Watch our new video and find out different opinions of people of different ages.


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What Do We Drink From?      А2-B1 - video 8:30 min

Traditionally, due to there being so many different drinks to choose from, there has always been a large variety of tableware available in the Russian household; this includes glasses, cups, mugs, flutes, shot glasses... How do you use them correctly? Here, watch our short video and learn the traditions and culture of the Russian dining table. By the way, which glasses did you like the most? Which would you like to buy and take home as a souvenir?


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Comprehension questions


Choose the correct option:
1. Алкогольные напитки мы пьём
2. Слово фужер пришло в русский язык из
3. Вино мы обычно пьём из
4. Стопкой называется
5. Пиво в России пьют обычно
6. Безалкогольными мы называем такие напитки, как
7. Популярный гранёный советский стакан
8. Гранёные стаканы использовали в Советском Союзе
9. Гранёные стаканы стали очень популярными в СССР, потому что
10. В советских поездах пассажиры обычно пили

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New Year is close!      B1 - video 6:50 min

In this video we talk about the traditions associated with the New Year celebration, and we also show you a factory where the toys for a Christmas tree are being made...

After watching the video, tell us what kind of decorations you like...


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Mushroom Hunting!      А2 - video 5:20 min

Today in the series "Traditions and History" we will go to the forest near Moscow! A favorite activity of the end of summer and the beginning of autumn is picking mushrooms! Watch our new video! Anna knows a lot about mushrooms and will show you which mushrooms can and cannot be harvested.

After watching the video, tell us which mushrooms are poisonous?


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Tea from Samovar      A2-B1 - video 6:15 min

Everyone has heard about the Russian samovar, but few people know how the samovar works, how to pour water there and how to make tea afterwards. In this video you will be able to see with your own eyes how to properly put a samovar and organize a traditional Russian tea party.

After watching the video, tell us how tea is traditionally served in Russia.


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Comprehension questions


Choose the correct option:

1. Сегодня в России воду для чая кипятят
2. Разжечь самовар - это значит
3. Чтобы разжечь самовар, в трубу бросают
4. Слово "самовар" буквально значит
5. Готовый самовар обычно ставят
6. В заварочный чайник
7. Травяной чай в России часто заваривают с растением, которое называется
8. В России чай пьют так:
9. Раньше самовар ставили

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Back to the Village      A2 - video 5:00 min

In the Russian countryside, people have always lived in wooden houses. So what is the Russian "izba" like inside? Let's go in and see!

After watching the video, tell us what buildings were in the peasant's yard in the Russian village.


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Comprehension questions


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1. Марина рассказывает
2. Марина в детстве
3. В традиционной русской избе только
4. Место в избе, где вешали иконы, называется
5. На стенах в избе раньше висели фотографии
6. Подвал - это
7. Подвал в деревне
8. Температура в подвале идеальна, чтобы хранить
9. В сарае обычно

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Autumn, Datcha, Harvest!      A2 - video 5:50 min

In autumn, crops are harvested in the villages and on the datchas. And what vegetables and fruits are grown and harvested in Russia most often? After watching this video, you will learn not only this, but also what is a rowan liqueur and 'antonovka'...

While watching the video, think about which fruits are the most popular in Russia?


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Comprehension questions


Choose the correct option:

1. Изменения в природе осенью
2. В России на даче осенью
3. В этом году на даче Анна собирает
4. Из ягод рябины в России делают
5. Популярный сорт яблок в России называется
6. «Антоновские яблоки» - это
7. Антоновские яблоки
8. Антоновка растёт на
9. Антоновские яблоки хорошо хранятся

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