Russian by audiobooks with matching texts

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Re: Russian by audiobooks with matching texts

Postby Eafonte » Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:39 am

September 09:

Read and listened chapters 23, 24, 25 of "Дочь Фараона" (62 pages: 337-398).
I've learned two perfective verbs worth mentioning, which duly show the transparency of Russian language word formation:
1. отожестви́ть = о +((то +же ) + ств) + ить = to identify .
то же = the same, idem.
2. заблагорассу́диться = за + благо + рассудить + ся = to think fit.
рассудить = to decide/judge
за благо = as good

Besides that, I studied Unit I of Terence Wade's "Using Russian Vocabulary", culling unknow to me russian words.
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Re: Russian by audiobooks with matching texts

Postby Eafonte » Sat Sep 11, 2021 1:47 am

September 10:

Read and listened chapters 26, 27, 28, 29 of "Дочь Фараона" (82 pages: 399-480).
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Re: Russian by audiobooks with matching texts

Postby Eafonte » Sun Sep 12, 2021 2:38 am

September 11:

Read and listened chapters 30, 31, 32 of "Дочь Фараона" (47 pages: 481-527). Book finished. On one hand, entertaining story, full of action, adventure, romance; on the other hand, instructive history about real people and events which indeed took place in the Sixth Century B.C. in Egypt, Greece and Persia. It could be the basis for a Hollywood blockbuster. More information about the author and other works of his:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9 ... eorg_Ebers

Books read: 2.
Pages read: 907.
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Re: Russian by audiobooks with matching texts

Postby Eafonte » Mon Sep 13, 2021 2:47 am

September 12:

Today I began to read "Капитанская дочка", a historical novel by Alexander Pushkin, first published in 1836. The novel is a romanticized account of Pugachev's Rebellion in 1773–1774.

Read and listened chapters 1 and 2 (21 pages: 1-21).
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Re: Russian by audiobooks with matching texts

Postby Eafonte » Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:47 am

September 13:

Read and listened chapters 3, 4 of "Капитанская дочка" (16 pages: 22-37).

Besides that I watched "Белая пряжка", the Russian dubbed version of a 1960 czech detective film, "Bílá spona", 71 minutes. I'm very fond of dubbed films in Russian (and dubbed by a full cast of dubbing actors, not the trashy voice over dubbing by only one person) like this czech film, because the Russian in these films is easier to understand.
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Re: Russian by audiobooks with matching texts

Postby Eafonte » Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:15 am

September 14:

Read and listened chapters 5, 6, 7, 8 of "Капитанская дочка" (36 pages: 38-73). I read them extensively.
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Re: Russian by audiobooks with matching texts

Postby Eafonte » Thu Sep 16, 2021 3:06 am

September 15:

Read and listened chapters 9-10 (extensively) and 11-12 (intensively) of "Капитанская дочка" (34 pages: 74-107).
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Re: Russian by audiobooks with matching texts

Postby Eafonte » Fri Sep 17, 2021 12:03 am

September 16:

Read and listened chapters 13 and 14 of "Капитанская дочка" (25 pages: 108-132). Book finished.

My assessment of the book:

I. Style wise: It was my first encounter with Pushkin. The text, in my humble opinion, is a string of concise phrases with expressive words efortlessly compounding a compelling, engrossing and entertaining narrative in a romantic frame of thought, with a happy end in a fairy-tale way. ​A quick and unhampered flow of words, a dense conveying of meaning. And only in the last chapter of the book its title can be regarded as vindicated.

II. Difficulty: Despite its small size and simple phrase structure, I found the text difficult: many archaic words and turns of phrase, many colloquialisms, many idioms and some startling words which still dumbfound me. It may sound strange for a native speaker of Russian, but I considered Pushkin's "Капитанская дочка" harder than Bryusov's "Огненный ангел". Yet in the end my work paid off, because once I get acquainted with these unknown words, I could delight in the reading of a masterpiece.

Books read: 3.
Pages read: 1,039.
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Re: Russian by audiobooks with matching texts

Postby Eafonte » Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:20 am

September 17:

Today I started reading and listening "Северная повесть", a 1938 short fiction (106 pages) written by russian Konstantin Paustovsky (1892-1968). In this tale, after the anti-Tsarist Decembrist 1825 revolt in Saint Petersburg, a rebelled officer wounded in the uprising and a sailor try to make it by foot across the ice to Sweden but are captured in the Åland Islands, Grand Duchy of Finland, then part of the Russian Empire.

Read and listened intensively the first part of the short story (36 pages: 206-241).

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Re: Russian by audiobooks with matching texts

Postby Eafonte » Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:01 am

September 18:

Read and listened the second part of "Северная повесть" (42 pages: 242-283). In this part, the tale jumps to 1916, during the First World War, and now it's the time for the grandson of the rebelled officer to go to the Åland islands and discover there the amazing history of the people who saved his grandfather.
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