Russian Tutorial - Intermediate - Collective Numbers
Attention – Lesia Lishchuk – Cheater

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Dear Students,

the school is closed.

This message is to warn everyone who is affiliated with Lesia Lishchuk.

In October 2018 Lesia Lishshuk was fired as director of the language school. It was discovered that she was embezzling / stealing money from the company since it opened in 2016. A police report was created and she will be sued in court.

Lesia was supposed to help running the school according to Ukrainian law. The language school has a lot of students, but almost all payments that the school received from students were hidden by Lesia.

Nearly all the equipment she bought for the school, with company money or money invested by owner, she bought in her own name with delivery to school. The goal was obviously to steal as much equipment as possible if her scheme is discovered.

After Lesia was fired she convinced the landlord of the school office to change the rental contract in her name so that it is not possible to access the office anymore and the school had to pause operations.

The school might not be possible to be rescued but all legal options will be used to get her convicted for fraud and theft. If you are in business with her make sure you are not trusting her with money, get a receipt for all services and be always aware that you might be the next she is stealing from.

- The Owner -

Трое в лодке, не считая собаки

Russian number's system is a tricky one but this will impress you!

Published on Thursday, 15 December 2016 and posted in Russian - Intermediate
tricky number rule
If you are a Russian teacher you are used to hear that Russian is so complicated, Russian has a lot of long words and Russian grammar is terrible. Therefore if suddenly one student tells you that Russian is very logical and has words and concepts for everything – you are nicely surprised and feel a little bit proud.

That is why I decided to explain this topic of Russian grammar to prove that Russian does not like blind spots in the language and gives you names and definitions for everything.

If you would like to speak about the number of people connected in your mind in a certain group (by their interests, by profession or possessions, etc.) you use such collective numbers:

2 - двое

3 - трое

4 - четверо

5 - пятеро

6 - шестеро

7 - семеро

8 – восьмеро

Normally we use these collective numbers from 2 up to 8. After them we use Genitive plural form.

For example, let’s compare two sentences:

Три студента вошли в класс.

Трое студентов сидят в классе.

In the first sentence we mention how many students have entered the class.

But in the second sentence we emphasize that 3 students are sitting at the class together so they are waiting for the same lesson. The lesson or the same topic for discussion makes these 3 students the one group with similar interests.

If you are talking about your family you cannot say:

Мы в семье четыре.

You have to say:

Нас в семье четверо.

Because all members in your family are connected to each other.

Also when you are talking about children you should say:

У меня трое детей (Нет: У меня три).

Be the way when you are talking about a group of people which consists of both men and women, then two forms are possible:

1. В комнате три сотрудника = В комнате трое сотрудников.

The same if you are talking about babies or baby animals.

1. У меня два малыша = У меня двое малышей.
2. У меня пять котят = У меня пятеро котят.

If you still think that Russian is very complicated and without logic you should change your perspective of view and you will find the great explanation for each fact in Russian language.

Wish you good luck and see you at LAE language school in Kiev!


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