Category Archives: Russia
Russia related travelogues
Playout date: 2 February 2007
Views at the time added to HTV: 2,908
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 6
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 50.0%
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Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Lesozavodsk, Siberia
Other people featured: David Yang, Wincy Liu
Music used: None
Languages used: English, Mandarin
Animals/plants featured: None
This footage was taken further east than China, over in the Rusian far east with collegues from the Horwath (now Crowe Horwath International) network’s Beijing office. We had a summer valuing for Bank of China a huge Siberian forest as big as a European country, full of tigers, bears, snow leopards and chipmunks.
Here David Yang and Wincy Liu demonstrate some Chinese tongue twisters and we practice the phrase “Ni zhen niu” – or “you are a genuine ox”, along with the de rigueuer thumbs up sign, which apparently menas like “well done”, “you’re a good bloke”, etc.
I received the following question from a person who was not specific as to whether they knew me from YT or some other source:
I have a question. Seeing you are a native speaker of English and a Slavic languages expert, I reckon you can answer this better than most!
What, in a nutshell, is verbal aspect all about? I know the grammar book stuff about “completed actions”, etc. It doesn’t cut it for me! What I need are some solid English equivalents. For example, when a Russian says (using future perfective aspect) “I will visit the museum tomorrow”, would we say: “I will have visited the museum (by) tomorrow”? Or is it more a sense of: “I will DO A VISIT to the museum tomorrow”? (Or is it something else entirely?)
And as regards the past perfective, what’s the deal if you want to say: “Tsar So-and-so built this palace in 1820”? Should that be perfective or imperfective? Or is there a choice? If so, what’s the difference?
I really want to learn some Russian but this stuff is doing my head in! (Cases are one thing – at least there is a clear logic there!) Any simple low-down help would be greatly appreciated.
Verbal aspect is about whether the FOCUS of an utterance is concerned with whether the action of the verb is now over and done with or not, or, in the case where the verb describes a state like lying or standing, whether this state has changed or not.
If the answer is yes, then the perfective aspect is used, and in all other cases the imperfective aspect is used. Read the rest of this entry
|Playout date:||21st March 2011 (Made August 2010)|
|Post Production:||CyberLink Power Director 8|
|Location:||Sealife Centre, Great Yarmouth|
|Other people featured:||Sophie|
|Genre:||Zoo and Aquarium showcasing|
|Music used:||Quanta Qualia by Hayley Westenra
|Languages used:||Russian, Ukrainian|
|Animals featured:||Nurse sharks, zebra shark, reef sharks, green sea turtle, Monodactylus fishes|
A film showing the beauty and intelligence of aquarium sharks. The nurse sharks and zebra shark showcased here are a beautiful thing to observe at close range. These are not dangerous attackers in the main for human swimmers, as you will see that the size and form of the mouth is not similar to that of the notorious great whites, etc. Even these smaller fishes like the monos, and also the sea turtle sharing the aquarium are relatively safe from being attacked by the big sharks. The smaller sharks, the reef sharks, are ironically more risky than the big ones, but they are not really large enough to damage a turtle.
The zebra shark (Stegosoma fasciatum) has a long tail which it uses to thrash through schools of larger fishes to stun or kill by impact and then it can turn and eat what it has hit. The monos here are even too small to be impacted by that, and they fly under the zebra shark’s radar – as long as it is kept well-fed!
Enjoy the pure tones of Hayley Westenra, and my atrocious pun in the title that you need to know Italian to be able to get.
- Daily Adorbs, Shark Week Version: Shark Baby (thegloss.com)
- Shark Week: Inside tonight’s special with Andy Samberg (insidetv.ew.com)
- Are zebra sharks the same as leopard sharks (wiki.answers.com)
- Least surprising thing of the day: Diver kisses shark, then gets bitten (rather graphic video) (offthebench.nbcsports.com)
|Playout date:||3 October 2006|
|Post Production:||Windows Movie Maker – medium use|
|Location:||Primorskiy Kray, Russia|
|Other people featured:||Various Foresters|
|Music used:||Solovenko Ukrainian Songs|
|Languages used:||Russian, Ukrainian|
|Animals featured:||Not many other than the ladybirds on the video, but this is the domain of
the Siberian Tiger, black bear and snow leopard. Numerous unusual forest
plants are also seen in the gallery
It’s a long story how I came to be here, and in fact I can’t go into details at it involves work – I ended up auditing the forestry operators of a territory larger than Greater London. The climate was hard and the Mosquitos were hard. I was working for China, and they needed an English speaker who knew Due Diligence and knows Russian, and they received recommendations that I was the man for the job.
Well, it took all summer five years ago, and I still have the Mosquito bites. The gallery shots show in places the anti mosquito suit they managed to bite through. suffice it to say they are simply not in the same league as the European ones.
This is one of my earliest “gallery style” films showcasing photographs and I haven’t really got the style right, they are flashing through too quickly and they’re not fading into each other as I started doing when I got the hang of it.
But still some of the photos are not too bad though I say so myself and worth a few additional comments – the foresters were very friendly folk, we spend a great few days with people that live a very close to nature way in the forest in conditions that most of us would find wearing. These are not the kind of parks you get in Europe. They are logging and replanting in forests that are being cultivated effectively for the first time. This sort of forest in Europe exists only in any size in Bialoweza, where the bison are. The fauna here is very varied, but it’s not common to see them. When I went behind a tree to go to the toilet at one point, I saw a Siberian chipmunk, or “burunduk” – but when I told the woodsmen about it they said that when I go off to have a leak I’d better let them know so that they can cover with a rifle, because it’s when they do what I just did that they come across other “stripey animals” but ones who are more inclined to attack us than the burunduk are!
We saw cedar nut trees and manchurian nut, and those strange grape like things that you see in the woodsman’s hand – to get them he swung out over a fifty-foot drop on a tree branch, as agile as a monkey. Also you’ll see the huge ladybirds that they had there, you can see one that landed on me – they are so pick that when they land on you it feels like someone’s flicked you with their finger.
The tipped over lorry full of logs you can see in one photo there goes to show how tough the terrain is there – they basically dig their roads out as they woork the forest.
Don’t miss also near the end the home-made fitness area they made for themselves from various machine parts. It showed their skill in making do.
- Poland says Russians partly to blame for air crash that killed president (guardian.co.uk)
- Muscovites mark “Year of Forest” by planting new trees near city (rt.com)
- At least 20 killed, 17 missing in Ukraine mine accidents (ctv.ca)
- Become a Fool for Forests (philipcarrgomm.wordpress.com)
- Russia Forest Fires Being Hidden By Local Authorities, Environmentalists Say (huffingtonpost.com)
- Who would win a fight a siberian tiger or moose (wiki.answers.com)
The following review can still be read for Derek Offord’s “Using Russian – A Guide to Contemporary Usage” on Amazon.co.uk (not the American Amazon and I really don’t understand why they don’t carry these reviews over, when I want to write for only the UK or only the US I shall forget about the internet altogether!) As it was way back in 2001 I seem to have lost the accreditation for the review along the way. At first it was under my name, but at some stage they must have had a technical blip and the older reviews became “A Customer”. but it’s mine, well enough. I don’t know if my style has changed much in ten years.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is essential reading for those doing a Russian degree.
28 Sep 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: Using Russian: A Guide to Contemporary Usage (Paperback)
I bought Using Russian when I was browsing in a bookshop for another language, as I already speak Russian, but when I looked at a few pages it immediately appealed as an excellent update to the way the language has developed since I did my degree. Sections in the book refer to different problems that face the English speaker in particular, such as faux amis. There are also sections on homonyms and other confusing aspects and they act rather like a checklist of what you need to have got right in your head in order not to make too many ‘howlers’ in translations or in conversation.
One particular plus in this book and as I found out in the whole series of ‘Using’ books that this is part of is the focus on register. If there is one thing that separates the wheat from the chaff among language students. it is the understanding and application of the idea of register, and this applies to Russian perhaps more than most European languages, as this is a language in which not only the vocabulary, but also the syntax, grammar and phonetics are all subject to complex nuances. This book was not available when I needed it. Now that it is I urge you to make use of it. It is the book about Russian that I would have liked to have written myself. If I thought there was demand for it, I’d offer to do a sister volume for Polish.
In any event it made me go out and by the sister volumes already in existence for French, German and Spanish. They are of a similar quality to this volume, the weakest is probably the German one, the Spanish one I would put as second favorite. It can be read cover to cover, or simply dipped into as a work of reference.
It is not material for learning the language from scratch, but would be a very useful second step after completing any of the standard self-instruction books such as the Colloquial series, the Teach yourself series or the Linguaphone course.
Either A-level or degree level students of the Language will profit from it and find it enjoyable because of its good presentation and readable style.
- What to make of illiterate “romaji” Russian courses, or audio only courses? (huliganov.tv)
- Still Fighting Russia, This Time With Words (nytimes.com)
- Foreign languages ‘the preserve of private school pupils’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- How should I get started with programming? (daryn.net)
- You: Russians told to mind their English (guardian.co.uk)
|Video number in my collection||74|
|Production date:||3 September 2006|
|Playout date:||7 September 2006|
|Post Production:||Windows Movie Maker – slight use|
|Location:||Hotel Irbis, near VDNKh, Moscow|
|Other people featured:||None|
|Soundtrack info:||Oy, tvetyot kalina (The snowball tree in blossom) V. Golovtsova|
|Animals featured:||Leporinus, Notopterus, Labeo, Scatophagus, Monodactylus, Ancistrus, Puntius|
|Date added here:||16 October 2010|
|Number of days this video was up at time of posting:||1 500|
|Number of views at time of posting:||2 560|
|Number of views per day:||1,7|
|Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!):||11|
|Comments per thousand views:||4,3|
|Likes at time of posting:||4|
|Dislikes at time of posting:||2|
|Likes to dislikes ratio:||2,0|
|Votes per thousand views:||2,3|
|Ratio of comments to votes:||183%|
The hotel I stayed in last weekend had this fishtank in the lobby. It had many technical things wrong with it, being overstocked, underfiltered, underlit, and with many issues in the mix of fish, but quite a pleasant film came out of it, with the vocal efforts of V. Gotovtseva singing “Oh snowball tree in blossom” as a makeshift soundtrack, mixed with the sounds from the lobby bar.
The Irbis Hotel in Moscow is quite well placed, and was quite cheap. I used it just for the one night after getting back from the Russian Far East. I was getting pressured to fly straight on, back to back to Warsaw to go to the baptism of my old boss’s new child, but I would have been ridiculously tired after the trip back from the far east and I wanted to go into Moscow and debrief the colleagues on the audit anyway, so this hotel was just the place.
“This tank is doomed” comments quite rightly one commentator you can click through to see. It is a text book example of people buying fishes and not understanding what they are doing. Some of these fishes will become seriously large, and they will be the only ones left.
- USB Desktop Aquarium holds a real fish and your stuff (slashgear.com)
- Abramovich Could Be Moscow’s Next Mayor (luxist.com)
|Video number in my collection||72|
|Production date:||6 September 2006|
|Playout date:||20 August 2006|
|Post Production:||Windows Movie Maker – medium use|
|Location:||House in Lesozavodsk, Primorskiy Kraj, Siberia|
|Other people featured:||None|
|Soundtrack info:||Through the Greenwood, Andrey Vinogradov|
|Languages used:||English titles|
|Animals featured:||House centipede Scutigera coleoptrata|
|Date added here:||10 October 2010|
|Number of days this video was up at time of posting:||1 512|
|Number of views at time of posting:||1 978|
|Number of views per day:||1,3|
|Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!):||17|
|Comments per thousand views:||8,6|
|Likes at time of posting:||4|
|Dislikes at time of posting:||1|
|Likes to dislikes ratio:||4,0|
|Votes per thousand views:||2,5|
|Ratio of comments to votes:||340%|
This was the first of several films I put up on my return from the Far East of Russia in 2006. I still had a very small memory card and so there is unfortunately still very little footage – which was galling as the trip was so amazing. It was at this time I started looking for solutions to make the videos longer.
On the subject of these centipedes one could write rather a lot. They are certainly quite alarming creatures to find you are sharing a room with, but the people who have them in their houses don’t like them being killed, claimingthat if they were not there the problems with cockroaches or even more poisonous spiders would be far worse. All theysuggest is to check the bed before you get in it and check your shoes before putting them on. Even if they crawl over you while you sleep, they say, you won’t be bitten if you don’t move on them. Your choice!
Personally in Russia I batted my room mate Scooties, but I did manage to tolerate them in a recent visit to France, and nothing bad happened. There were lots of insects in the French place, so I am not sure that they deserve their reputation of doing good work against all the other invertebrates…
- Brown recluse spider – All Information (umm.edu)
- YouTube highlights – 10/7/2010 (googleblog.blogspot.com)
- Google speaks out on “Worrying” Russian YouTube ban (thenextweb.com)