RL102 – 12 Basic Russian Grammar Lesson 12

Original playout date: 11 November 2007
Duration: 12:56

Impersonal dative constructions using datives are being looked at again here, and the key to understanding is that temporary states tend to be impersonal dative constructions, more permanent ones are personal with the person who is in the state being the subject of the verb.

No Song today, but a randomly selected joke from a real Russian joke book. Listen to the end at own risk.

Quote of the clip: “Marry in haste, repent and believe That’s vot Huliganov say.

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Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Montreal, Canada
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song, Family
Music used: No song this time.
Languages used: English, Russian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks: This is the second time a lesson took place in a location very different to Warsaw, the first time was in South Africa.

4 thoughts on “RL102 – 12 Basic Russian Grammar Lesson 12

  1. . . . not to mention “path of least resistance” thought habits . . . .

  2. Thanks for posting these to this blog. Today I saw something that made me wonder what you’d have to say about. I think your perspective as expressed through these pages gives me some idea of what to expect, but if you get the chance at some point to respond, I’d be most grateful. Behaviorist Approach to Second Language Acquisition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvOIbDI2fro

    1. It was a bridge too far to take Pavlovian conditioning, which is something we have in common with not only dogs but even fish and invertebrates, and apply it to language which very few organisms have – and I am surprised nobody thought of that.

      Chomsky’s not perfect either, but I am of course with him in the rejection of the behaviorist theory which is responsible for billions of wasted class hours, and hundreds of millions of people who failed not through their own fault to acquire another language.

      1. Thanks for that response. While I continue to find shadowing useful for improving my phonetic competence (receptive and productive) and speed of word- and sentence-level processing in a second language, and shadowing could be considered a behaviorist exercise in line with the ideas of audio-lingualism, it is only one of my several techniques. Though I certainly have the benefit of communal hindsight, I also consider it fairly clear that language goes far beyond automaticity and habit formation. I hasten to add, however, that this does not mean that there aren’t any examples of “thoughtless” speakers who impose self-limitions on themselves by refusing to transcend their established “path of least resistance” speech habits.

Your thoughts welcome, by all mean reply also to other community members!