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RL102 5/1 – Basic Russian grammar lesson 5 part 1


Playout date: 21 March 2007
Duration: 8:23
Views at the time added to HTV: 14,747
Likes at the time added to HTV: 77
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 98.7%
Comments at time added: 12
Total interactions at time added: 90
Total interactions to views 0.6%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Jazdow office
Other people featured: None
Genre: Lesson
Music used: None
Languages used: English and Russian
Animals/plants featured: Ameca splendens in tank behind
Other remarks:

Patronymics are the topic of this lesson, along with expressions using the infinitive.

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You’re still you


Playout date: 17 March 2007
Duration: 3:46
Views at the time added to HTV: 418
Likes at the time added to HTV: 9
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 3
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 75.0%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 16
Total interactions to views 3.8%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: Sophie
Genre: Musical Muckaround
Music used: Josh Groban’s “You’re still you”
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This has to be the worst ever rendition of this song, which is a hardwr one than it looks, in my defence. But best to treat this one as a comedy and Musical Muckaround with little Sophie.

Her little cute face is the only redeeming feature in this clip!

 

Huliganov’s “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”


Playout date: 17 March 2007
Duration: 7:23
Views at the time added to HTV: 2,751
Likes at the time added to HTV: 9
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 5
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 64.3%
Comments at time added: 3
Total interactions at time added: 17
Total interactions to views 0.6%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: Platters “Smoke gets in your eyes”
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Annoyed at people smoking in restaurants, while awaiting the enaction of the EU interdictioin which finally came but after this, Huliganov sings the old 1950’s protest song against smoking cigarettes “Smoke gets in your eyes”

Quote of the clip: “I’m telling you you are bastards, you cigarette people, so sue me!”

Roll your “r”s now, baybee!


Playout date: 16 March 2007
Duration: 14:12
Views at the time added to HTV: 95,109
Likes at the time added to HTV: 552
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 26
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 95.5%
Comments at time added: 179
Total interactions at time added: 757
Total interactions to views 0.8%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: Sophie
Genre: Linguistic Meandering
Music used: None
Languages used: English and a panorama of others
Animals/plants featured: Ameca in the background
Other remarks:

This is one of my most viewed and appreciated videos because, as I know from the ten percent of lepers who return, it has actually enabled people to crack getting a rolling r. It would appear that literally hundreds of people got the hang of it by listening to this explanation after failing with other explanations. The problem is, to put the tongue in the right place but the muscles of the tongue don’t get involved beyond placing the tongue where it will be a reed. The exhaling breath moves it then. It’s impossible to make the sound while breathing in, while French r can be made this way.

The video gives a dpdpdp techique to get the tongue in the right place, and after that talks about other values for “r” in a number of other languages, from Polish to Old English, Icelandic and Hungarian, as well as ideas for Latin practice.

Quote of the clip: “Just my Russian humour, we always like to joke about weapons, you know?”

Surprise yourself … in Poland


Playout date: 16 March 2007
Duration: 0:30
Views at the time added to HTV: 11,213
Likes at the time added to HTV: 31
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 96.9%
Comments at time added: 8
Total interactions at time added: 40
Total interactions to views 0.4%
Camera: WM Capture/Recorder/Converter
Post Production: None
Location: 3rd Party
Other people featured: None
Genre: promo
Music used: Studio
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This wasn’t made by me, it was one of those country ads people used to make to push tourism, and as the Beeb were encouraging vloogers to put this on their channels and at the time I had one of the leading Polish channels, I decided to be helpful and upload it. It is quite a nice film but I don’t rate the voice-over guy much, sounds like he doesn’t believe what he is saying.

Still, amazing what you can fit into a thirty second clip. Today the bits of aerial footage would be a lot better as they would be made by drones rather than helicopter which allows for a much closer fly past.

Cranes in Pomerania


Playout date: 15 March 2007
Duration: 1:07
Views at the time added to HTV: 832
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 85.7%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 9
Total interactions to views 1.1%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ33
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Pomerania, near Koszalin
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Cranes” a Ukrainian folksong
Languages used: Ukrainian
Animals/plants featured: Cranes
Other remarks:

There is an unusual majestry about the crane, they fly very high and are rare, but it is a large and graceful bird and comes in flocks, not lone or in pairs or smaller groups like the storks. If you go in March to a farm in northern Poland, you have a chance to see the sight I record here, and it is worth the viewing,

Vlog at night on the road


Playout date: 15 March 2007
Duration: 10:39
Views at the time added to HTV: 269
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 0
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 100.0%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 8
Total interactions to views 3.0%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ32
Post Production: None
Location: Płock, Poland
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: None
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Night time driving vlog going from Wloclawek to Warsaw – you see some but not much of the city of Plock. It is more really about me talking in order to break up a journey, and hopefully some people like it, although not many have, at least that’s more that I have any right to expect. You get to see some driving antics by locals.

Quote of the clip: “The elite can be as good an object for charity as anybody else”

Stryków Brzeżiny and Jeżów


Playout date: 11 March 2007
Duration: 9:03
Views at the time added to HTV: 4,525
Likes at the time added to HTV: 11
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 3
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 78.6%
Comments at time added: 3
Total interactions at time added: 17
Total interactions to views 0.4%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ31
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Cut through Strykow to Tomaszow Mazowiecki
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Everybody’s talking” by Glen Campbell, “the long and winding road” Beatles. All instrumental versions.
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Roadside trees
Other remarks:

Stryków north of Łódż was for many years the point at which the A1 motorway closed, you had to come off and use back roads and usually the place got blocked with cars for that reason. They will be happy that since 2012 the motorway now goes past them and their lives have gone back to normal. This documents the time when Stryków was placed “on the map” for about 5 or 6 years while we all waited for the road to finish. The backroads I show, including the secret cut through I show here, are all still there but much nicer now as they are not oversubscribed any more.

Quote of the clip: “There were a lot of hedgehogs there when human beings first arrived in this place, and so they called it “the place of the hedgehogs”, or “Jeżów”, in Polish.”

Poznaj Poznań


Playout date: 10 March 2007
Duration: 12:10
Views at the time added to HTV: 2,828
Likes at the time added to HTV: 15
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 93.8%
Comments at time added: 7
Total interactions at time added: 23
Total interactions to views 0.8%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Poznan town centre
Other people featured: Work colleagues, Alicja and Andrzej
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Volare, Auld Lang Syne,
Languages used: English, Polish, Italian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

We start off in the old town square and end up in Restauracja Ratuszowa, one of the nice traditional spots in Poznan, and the live music chimes up, so as is my wont, I immediately embarrass my friends and the pianist by singing along, heh heh heh.

Quote of the clip: “You’re looking at it, you’re smelling it and you are hearing it – this is Poland!”

Goethic Horror


Playout date: 10 March 2007
Duration: 10:44
Views at the time added to HTV: 294
Likes at the time added to HTV: 8
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 88.9%
Comments at time added: 0
Total interactions at time added: 9
Total interactions to views 3.1%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Jazdów 8A, Warsaw
Other people featured: Christopher Chadwick
Genre: Friends
Music used: None
Languages used: English, German
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Chris Chadwick work with me for a while, and we had fun sometimes with German poetry because he was a proper intellectual. Very clever and not always easy to get along with. He’s not in Poland now and we are all the poorer for it.

Goethe’s poems are the order of the day here, with Erlkoenig recited by Christopher and Wanderers Nachthemd recited by me, all the time contending with the vagaries of modern, as it was then, technology, which we identify as the biggest problem poetry has, in that you cannot get to the end of a poem without the internet crashing (this was 2007) or a phone going off.

Quote of the clip: “Praising Google is always a good idea on YouTube, because they, like, own it”.

Myfanwy


Playout date: 1 March 2007
Duration: 6:20
Views at the time added to HTV: 15,862
Likes at the time added to HTV: 76
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 6
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 92.7%
Comments at time added: 27
Total interactions at time added: 109
Total interactions to views 0.7%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Jazdów 8A, Warsaw
Other people featured: None
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: Myfanwy
Languages used: English, Welsh
Animals/plants featured: Ameca splendens in tank behind
Other remarks:

For several St David’s Days Huliganov became a Russian singing Welsh songs. This is the first of them, Myfanwy.

Early commentators made very encouraging remarks, one saying it made her father cry. I hope that was encouraging…

On friendship and Enmity


Playout date: 28 February 2007
Duration: 24:34
Views at the time added to HTV: 4,628
Likes at the time added to HTV: 71
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 4
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 94.7%
Comments at time added: 14
Total interactions at time added: 89
Total interactions to views 1.9%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Jazdów 8A, Warsaw
Other people featured: Blueclue52, also known as Kevin
Genre: Linguistic Meandering
Music used: “Chto za druga my imeem” (What a Friend we have in Jesus in Russian)
Languages used: English, Russian
Animals/plants featured: Ameca splendens in tank behind
Other remarks:

In answer to the question from a viewer I was later to get to know personally, Huli talks about the various nuances of words for “friend” along with some etymogicalies.

This was the first of a series of series of Linguistic Meanderings, a kind of Hulirant but about words and language. Somehow or other we get into homes and mortgage fraud in the UK, in order to illustrate that the difference between the different “friend” words and ideas are similar to the words describe “house” and “home” – these nuances require in some languages different words, in others they don’t. What does this tell us about the priorities in different nations’ cultures?

In the end we have the description of the true Friend, and the Russian version of the hymn “What a Friend we have in Jesus”.

Quote of the clip: “It is better if your wife is your friend than your enemy”

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