Getting what you want in shops in Russian

Урок английского языка по теме «Shopping» (Покупки)

Авторы УМК: И.Н. Верещагина, О.В. Афанасьева. English V/

Тема: «Покупки».

Цель урока: формирование и совершенствование навыка диалогической речи по теме «Покупки».

Задачи урока:

  • Образовательные:
    • формирование умения вести диалог по теме;
    • развитие аудио- фонемических навыков учащихся;
    • развитие умений учащихся оперировать известными понятиями,
      составлять высказывания с помощью опор;
    • контроль усвоения изученной темы.
  • Развивающие:
    • формирование способности и готовности вступать в иноязычное общение;
    • развитие различных видов памяти (вербальной, образной), внимания, коммуникативности, воображения;
    • развитие мыслительной деятельности, умения переноса знаний в новую ситуацию;
    • развитие языковой догадки.
  • Воспитательные:
    • показать значимость умения решать коммуникативные задачи через диалог;
    • расширение кругозора, творческих способностей учащихся;
    • воспитание коммуникативной компетентности учащихся.

I. Оргмомент

– Good morning , dear friends. I am glad to see you. Let me begin our lesson with some riddles. If you guess them , you will know what we are going to speak about . Listen to me and think. .

II. Определение темы урока учащимися по проблемному заданию, ознакомление учащихся с целями и задачами урока

  • Usually two or more people take part in this process.
  • We do it in a special place.
  • We do it very often.
  • Usually women like to do it, men don’t like.
  • We can’t do it without money.

T: What is it?
P: Shopping
T: Yes, We are going tо speak about shopping. We`ll try to make up and act dialogues, to learn new words, tо see a video film, tо write a test .We have a lot of work. Let’s start.

III. Активизация ранее изученной лексики по теме «Покупки» (речевая зарядка, нахождение соответствий)

T: Do you like to go shopping? What do you prefer to buy clothes or food? I went shopping yesterday. Can you guess what I bought? Ask me questions beginning with the words:

– Did you buy… yesterday?
– Yes, I bought …
– No, I didn’t buy……

T: You know we buy different things in different shops. Will you remind me where you can buy sweets (milk, fish, bread, meat, sugar etc.)
P: We buy … at the …

IV. Введение новой лексики (аудирование монологических высказываний о видах магазинов в Англии; выявление аналогии с видами магазинов в нашем поселке)

T: We have different kinds of shops in Russia. But Englishmen also have different shops. Let’s learn the names of the English shops.

  • The corner shop
  • Harrods
  • Mark & Spencer
  • Sainsbury’s
  • The Body shop

Аудирование текстов информационного характера:

T: Listen to short texts and be ready to answer some questions.

The Corner Shop is a small shop on or near a street corner. They usually sell food.
Harrods is a department store. It has 230 departments. It has a library, a bank. It is a very expensive shop.
Sainsbury’s is the biggest of the supermarket chains. It suggests good food, wine, do it yourself goods.
Mark & Spencer is a chain store. It is a number of department stores which sell men’s and women’s clothing, home furniture, plants and food. The company has over 700 stores over the world.
The Body Shop sells perfumes, soap, shampoo, skin-care products for men and women.

T: What do they sell in the Corner Shop (Harrods, Sainsbury’s, Mark & Spencer, the Body Shop)?
– What similar shops have we got in Stepnoe?
– What is your favourite shop in Stepnoe?

V. Формирование навыка диалогической речи

а) введение и первичная отработка новой лексики с использованием метода фонетических ассоциаций;
б) использование видеоматериала для развития аудитивных навыков с последующим контролем понимания текста;
в) развитие навыка детального понимания диалогического текста (работа с текстом, восстановление пропущенных слов);
г) практика в чтении диалога;
д) воспроизведение диалога с опорой на видеоматериал;
е) совершенствование навыка составления диалога с помощью опор.

T: We have known a lot about shops. Now I invite you to go shopping. Do you want? We are going to see a short film. But first let’s learn some words.

a) Pineapples
Biscuits
Sazan
Humpback
Lasagne
Roubles
Italian food

б) T: Be ready to see the film, to listen to the dialogue and try to understand it. (Приложение 2)

– Good morning. How are you?
– Morning. Fine, fine you?
– Fine, thanks. Can I help you?
– Yes. Have you got pineapples?
– Certainly. How much would you like?
– One tin, I think
– What about fresh biscuits?
– No, thank you. I’m on a diet. I prefer fruit and vegetables.
– Anything else?
– May be some fish: sazan or humpback.
– I strongly recommend you to buy humpback.
– OK. Give me one fish. How much does it cost?
– 133 roubles. Oh, just a minute. Do you like lasagne?
– Oh, it’s not bad. But I don’t like Italian food. Here are 150 roubles.
– Thank you. You change is 17 roubles.You are welcome

T: Answer my questions:

– Where does the action take place?
– What kind of shop is it?
– What does the customer want to buy?
– Does she buy biscuits? Why?
– What does she buy?
– What kind of fish does the shop assistant recommend her to buy?
– Does the woman buy lasagne? Why?
– How much does the woman pay?

в) T: You have got shits of paper on the desks. It is the same dialogue but some words are missing there. You have to insert the missing words.

– Good morning. How are you?
– ………….. Fine and you?
– . , thanks. Can I help you?
– ………………….. Have you got . ?
– ………………….. How much would you like?
– One tin, I think.
– What about . ?
– No, thanks. I’m on. I prefer. and .
– Anything else?
– Maybe some.
– I strongly . you to buy.
– OK. Give me one . How much does it cost?
– ……………. Oh, just a minute. Do you like. ?
– Oh, it’s not bad. But I don’t like . food. Here are 150…….
– Thank you. Your………….. is 17 roubles. You are always welcome.

– Let’s check up your work.

г) Now try to read the dialogue aloud.

д) Oh, we’ve got some problems. We have no sound. Try to sound-trek the dialogue.

е) Now it’s high time to make up your own dialogues. Use the words:

  • Сan I help you?
  • Have you got …….
  • How much/many…….
  • How much must I pay?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Eggs
  • Sweets
  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Sausages

VI. Контроль знаний и умений, приобретенных на уроке (выполнение тестового задания, взаимопроверка, выставление отметок)

– You have 10 minutes to do the test.

1. Lasagne is. food.

2. People don’t eat. when they are on a diet.

a) fruit and vegetables
b) Italian food
c) humpback and sazan
d) biscuits

3. Usually shops are different in.

4. You can’t buy a. of sugar.

5. Englishmen use. in the shops.

a) pounds and pence
b) roubles and kopecks
c) dollars and cents

6. Humpback is a.

7. We can buy fish at the.

8. If you want to make a cake you need.

a) eggs, sugar, flour
b) ham, sugar, eggs
c) chips, sugar, flour

– Exchange your works. Check them up (the answers are on the screen). Put down the marks.

VII. Подведение итогов

  1. Определение и разъяснение разноуровневого домашнего задания.
  2. Анализ и оценка итогов работы учащихся.

Раздаточный материал к уроку.

– Good morning. How are you?
– . Fine, and you?
– . thanks. Can I help you?
. Have you got . ?
– . How much would you like?
– One tin, I think.
– What about . ?
– No, thanks. I’m on. I prefer. and .
– Anything else?
– Maybe some.
– I strongly . you to buy.
– O.K. Give me one . How much does it cost?
– . Oh, just a minute. Do you like.
– Oh, it’s not bad . But I don’t like . food. Here is 150
– Thank you. Your. is 17 roubles. You are always welcome.

1. Lasagne is. food.

a) Russian c) Italian
b) English d) Chinese

2. People don’t eat. when they are on a diet.

a) fruit and vegetables c) humpback and sazan
b) Italian food d) biscuits

3. Usually shops are different in.

a) sizes c) colours
b) kinds d) owners

4. You can’t buy a. of sugar.

5. Englishmen use. in the shops.

a) pounds and pence c) dollars and cents
b) roubles and kopecks

6. Humpback is a.

7. We can buy fish at the.

a) baker’s c) fishmonger
b) grocer’s d) greengrocer’s

8. If you want to make a cake you need.

a) eggs, sugar, flour c) chips, sugar, flour
b) ham, sugar, eggs

1. Lasagne is. food.

c) Russian c) Italian
d) English d) Chinese

2. People don’t eat. when they are on a diet.

a) fruit and vegetables c) humpback and sazan
b) Italian food d) biscuits

3. Usually shops are different in.

a) sizes c) colours
b) kinds d) owners

4. You can’t buy a. of sugar.

5. Englishmen use. in the shops.

a) pounds and pence c) dollars and cents
b) roubles and kopecks

6. Humpback is a.

7. We can buy fish at the.

a) baker’s c) fishmonger
b) grocer’s d) greengrocer’s

8. If you want to make a cake you need.

a) eggs, sugar, flour c) chips, sugar, flour
b) ham, sugar, eggs

Перевод текстов spotlight in Russia 8 класс Food and shopping

Перевод текстов spotlight in Russia 8 класс Food and shoppingFood & Shopping

What are Russian restaurants like? What sort of food do Russians eat?
Spotlight on Russia goes behind the scenes in a Russian Restaurant and finds out about Russian cuisine from a top chef.
What sort of food do Russians eat in general?
Russian people generally eat a rich and varied diet. However, they do eat a lot of dairy products. Some of these include a thick sour cream called smetana, a powdered cream cheese called tvorog and a yoghurt-like drink called kefir.
What sort of food do you serve in your restaurant?
We serve a wide variety of traditional Russian dishes. There’s draniki which are potato pancakes, salo which is tender pork fat, pelmeni which is pasta stuffed with pork and onions and shashlyks which is lamb kebabs, to name just a few.
Can you describe a typical meal?
Certainly. Typically you have hot and cold appetisers to start, then a soup course, followed by the main course, and then a dessert.
What sort of dishes are popular appetisers?
Well, appetisers are usually fish or meat dishes. Popular fish dishes are salmon, red herring and smoked sturgeon. Of the meat appetisers, buzhenina is popular which is lean boiled pork with spices as well as jellied tongue served with horseradish sauce.
What about the soups? I’ve heard of borshch, what other kinds are there?
Yes, borshch is made from beets and cabbage and is very popular. Then there’s solyanka which can be made from meat or fish or mushrooms. Both are served with sour cream. Eating soup is a well-known Russian tradition because of long, cold winters. Russian soups are very warming and nourishing.
What are some of your speciality main courses?
That’s a difficult question because we have a big menu of lots of speciality dishes because Russians like to have a wide range of traditional dishes to choose from, but I have to say golubtsy, grilled piglet, beef stroganoff and roast partridge are my customers’ favourites. Golubtsy is minced lamb, pork and rice wrapped in cabbage and topped with a cream sauce — delicious!
What sort of desserts do you have on the menu?
Baked apple is a popular dessert as is fruit and berry kisel which is a sort of sour fruit jelly. Of course, we always have a wide selection of freshly baked pies, too.
Thanks for talking to us. Now I can’t wait to try all the delicious dishes you mentioned.
ACTIVITIES
What is your favourite national dish? Can you cook it? Tell your partner how.
Write a menu using the dishes mentioned in the interview for a welcome dinner for a foreign friend.
DISCUSS

  • How often do you eat out?
    • What other Russian dishes do you know?
    • Do you have any traditional family recipes? How old is the tradition and what is/are the dishes?

Перевод текстов spotlight in Russia 8 класс Food and shopping

Еда и покупки

На что похожи русские рестораны? Какую еду едят русские?

Spotlight on Russia (Россия в Фокусе) идет за кулисы в русский ресторан и узнает о русской кухне от шеф повара.

Какую еду обычно едят русские?

Русские люди обычно едят сытно и разнообразно. Однако, они едят много молочных продуктов. Некоторые из них включают в себя густую сметану, которая по – русски произносится «smetana», рассыпчатый сливочный сыр, называемый “tvorog” и напиток, похожий на йогурт, называемый «kefir”.

Какую еду вы подаете в ресторане?

Мы предлагаем широкий выбор традиционных блюд русской кухни. Там есть драники, которые представляют из себя оладьи из картофеля, сало, которое представляет собой нежный свиной жир, пельмени, который представляет собой мучное изделие, фаршированные свининой и луком и шашлыками, которые являются кебабами из баранины, и это лишь некоторые из блюд.

Можете ли вы описать типичный прием пищи?

В школе этого не расскажут:  Спряжение глагола dégommer во французском языке.

Безусловно. Как правило, вы сначала попробуете горячие и холодные закуски, затем суп, потом основное блюдо, и после него десерт.

Какие блюда являются популярными закусками?

Ну, холодные блюда — это обычно блюда из рыбы или мяса. Популярные рыбные блюда — лосось, красная сельдь и копченый осетр. Из мясных закусок популярна буженина, которая представляет собой отварную нежирную свинину со специями, а также заливное из языка с соусом из хрена.

Как насчет супов? Я слышал о борще, какие другие виды?

Да, борщ готовится из свеклы и капусты и очень популярен. Также есть солянка, которую можно приготовить из мяса или рыбы или грибов. Оба блюда подаются со сметаной. Употребление супа — это известная русская традиция из-за долгих холодных зим. Русские супы очень теплые и питательные.

Какие есть блюда дня?

Это сложный вопрос, потому что у нас есть большое меню из множества специальных блюд, потому что россиянам нравится широкий выбор традиционных блюд , но я должен сказать, голубцы, жареный поросенок, биф строганов и жареная куропатка — излюбленные блюда у моих клиентов , Голубцы это измельченная баранина, свинина и рис, завернутые в капусту и украшенные сметаной — вкуснотища!

Какие десерты у вас есть в меню?

Запеченное яблоко — популярный десерт, как и фруктовый и ягодный кисель, который является своего рода кислым фруктовым желе. Конечно, у нас всегда есть широкий выбор свежеиспеченных пирогов.

Спасибо, что поговорили с нами. Теперь я не могу дождаться, чтобы попробовать все вкусные блюда, которые вы упомянули.

Задания

Какое ваше любимое национальное блюдо? Можете ли вы его приготовить? Расскажите своему партнеру, как это сделать.

Напишите меню, используя блюда, упомянутые в интервью, для приветственного ужина для иностранного друга.

Обсудите

  • Как часто вы едите вне дома?
  • Какие еще русские блюда вы знаете?
  • Есть ли у вас традиционные рецепты семьи? Сколько лет традиции и что такое / блюда?

16 Best Russian Things to Buy as Souvenirs in Moscow

Founded in 1856 by a wealthy patron of art, Pavel Tretyakov, The State Tretyakov Gallery is famous for its unique collection of Russian fine art – from medieval icons to futurism and constructivism. The quality of exhibited works make it comparable to the French Orsay and the Italian Uffizi. It goes without saying that everyone wants to keep a small part of this beauty for themselves.

Though you cannot buy an artwork from the gallery, you can nonetheless afford a large and beautiful book with great colorful photos and the detailed history of the best pieces exhibited in the museum. Printed on thick glossy paper, the album is nice to touch. The book is available both in Russian and English and provides a detailed description of the published works. The museum’s collections are represented by separate chapters. This is an elegant gift to please any book and art lover! You may acquire the album in the gallery itself upon seeing the exhibition (10, Lavrushinsky Pass), or find it in large bookstores, like «Dom Knigi» (8, Novy Arbat) and «Moskva» (8, Tverskaya str), at about $140. Both shops work till 9 PM.

The State Tretyakov Gallery
Address: 10, Lavrushinsky Pass

«Dom Knigi»
Address: 8, Novy Arbat

«Moskva»
Address: 8, Tverskaya street

2. Samovar

Though modern Russians don’t always follow their old traditions, everybody still remembers «the hero» of the old Russian tea party — the famous samovar, a distant relative of today’s electric kettle. Designed to keep the water hot for a long time and thus contributing to a long tea-talk, this curvaceous metal water boiler is considered a symbol of a family unity and comfortable home. Russian samovar appeared in the 18th century in the Ural region. Its «ancestor» had been known in Iran for many centuries before.

So what is the procedure of water-boiling in the samovar? Those who prefer modern comfort, with minimum cares, choose electric ones. Though they look different from the ordinary kettles, the principle of work is the same: you fill it with water, plug it into the socket and wait for the water to boil. The authentic samovars, however, used in the 18th-19th centuries, work on charcoal and have a small furnace inside. The water is poured into a cup or a teapot. You can choose between the two types at the numerous gift and antique shops in Arbat street, such as, for example, «Russki promysel» (4, Arbat street). Those who do not like large and heavy souvenirs, can buy themselves a nice small samovar of about 5 liters.

3. Artisan Jewelry: Finifty and Amber

Vintage-looking finifty jewelry is made of painted porcelain elements clad in the pieces of silver lace; one can imagine an Elven princess wearing such decorations. Rings and bracelets, hairpins and lockets, there are a lot of beautiful pieces to the most exquisite taste, and this is something you will surely not find in other countries. Real finifty is only produced in the city of Rostov; it is always handcrafted and hand-painted; the jewelry is usually decorated with floral motives, though sometimes the design may be different: for example, a locket or a brooch can have a small landscape on it.

Amber, romantically called “the tears of the Sun,” is mined on the Baltic coasts of Russia. Most often it resembles magically hardened sunlight or golden honey, but in reality its color varies from almost white to almost black with red flame in its depth. Amber is very loved by Russian artisans. It is used to make jewelry of all known kinds and styles, business souvenirs, chess sets and interior decorations.

Both amber and finifty can be acquired at the shop “Raritet“ (31, Arbat street, open 10AM-8PM) and many other Arbat gift stores; besides, amber is sold at numerous jewelry shops throughout the city. The price of finifty and amber jewelry varies from $50 to $500.

4. Palekh and Fedoskino Lacquer Boxes

Wonderful papier-mâché box covered with black lacquer and painted with special, seemingly glowing paints is a nice place to keep jewelry or love letters, if anyone still writes them at the age of the Internet. These boxes are handcrafted in the villages Palekh and Fedoskino in central Russia and decorated with intricate eye-catching miniatures one can contemplate for hours. There is an unusual spirit in these radiant pictures filled with symbolism but so live at the same time. This is the heritage of Russian icon painting allied with popular fantasy: the artisans usually take plots for the paintings from legends and fairy-tales, though sometimes the miniatures depict important historic events.

The price of a box depends on the picture’s size; it usually starts from $200. Palekh and Fedoskino boxes are widely displayed on Arbat street; also, some exceptionally beautiful pieces can be found at the gift stores «Onegin» and «Skazka».

Onegin
Address: 1, Arbat street

Skazka
Address: 51, Arbat street

5. Caviar

Red caviar — salmon caviar, brought to Moscow from the Far East of Russia — has become the world’s symbol of prosperity. Tiny and shiny semi-transparent balls in different shades of red resemble precious stones: they look beautiful on canapés and taste just as good. Besides, caviar is a very nutritious product. It is considered wholesome to one’s brain, bones and eyes and helps to reinforce immune system. Caviar contains nearly all known vitamins and proteins; it is the rare case when the proteins are 100% consumed by human organism. In the Far East, red caviar has always been the favorite food of hunters and fishermen; in some regions it even replaced bread. It was not until 1908 that they started selling it in Moscow and St. Petersburg thanks to the new technology of preservation. Since then, caviar has easily conquered Russian and foreign markets, and its price rapidly soared. Now caviar is a national delicacy. Its regular price is $10-15 for 100 grams.

High quality caviar is sold at Yeliseevsky food store — the oldest one in Moscow, located at 14, Tverskaya street and working 24h a day. It can also be found in large supermarkets and premium-class shops, such as «Azbuka vkusa» (8 Novinsky Avenue, 22 Sadovaya-Triumphalnaya).

Yeliseevsky food store
Address: 14, Tverskaya street
Operation Hours: Monday-Sunday: 24h

Azbuka vkusa
Address: 8, Novinsky Avenue, 22 Sadovaya-Triumphalnaya

6. Zhostovo Trays

As well as a samovar, a Zhostovo hammered tray will make an outstanding decoration to any tea party, for it is not just a tray but firstly a piece of artwork. The trays are hammered at the Zhostovo Manufactory which has been successfully working since 1825. The most popular motive is live-looking, slightly radiant fruit and flowers on a pitch-black background. The legend says that in the early 19th century Zhostovo painters used to travel around the country making sketches of what they wanted to paint on their trays, hence a large collection of floral designs. Shiny apples, transparent grapes, enigmatic purple plums glow in the dark space of a tray with mysterious light: they resemble the fruit on the Italian Renaissance paintings. Sometimes, however, the trays depict beautiful Russian landscapes and romantic old churches. More seldom they carry portraits of people. Each tray created at the Zhostovo Decorative Art Manufactory is hand-painted and signed by the author. The price starts at $70.

Zhostovo trays are mainly sold at Gostiny Dvor (Ilyinka str, 4, entrance No 6). The gift store works daily from 10 AM to 7 PM. Other places are «Russian Souvenirs» (Arbat, 12) and Russian Troika (Arbat, 20), working daily from 10 AM to 20 PM.

Gostiny Dvor
Address: 4, Ilyinka street, entrance No 6
Operation Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10AM-7PM

Russian Souvenirs
Address: 12, Arbat street

Russian Troika
Address: 20, Arbat street
Operation Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10AM-20PM

7. Honey

Russia is proud of its innumerable sorts of honey, for apiculture has always been popular here. For many centuries honey has been an important item of Russian export. It is not only a tasty dessert, but also a wonderful wholesome product which helps people cure many diseases. It is very nutritious and contains numerous vitamins and minerals. Various kinds of honey have their own healing qualities. In Russia, honey is used to heal flu, wounds and burns, heart and stomach diseases. It is also an excellent beauty product to keep the skin young and shiny.

Honey largely varies in thickness, fragrance and color; it may be white, yellow, red and nearly black, transparent and not. The most delicious sorts are chestnut, lime and raspberry honey, while considerably bitter dark buckwheat honey is the richest in vitamins. The usual price for honey is $0,5-1 per 100 grams.

Great honey bazaars, where honey is brought from all over the country, are organized annually in the most beautiful places of Moscow — memorial estates Kolomenskoye and Tsaritsyno. A large honey supermarket «Rumela», where one can also have a large choice of beautifully packed honeys for a gift, is situated in the center of Moscow at 5/10 Novokuznetskaya street. The store is open from 9 AM to 8 PM Monday to Saturday and from 10AM to 6 PM on Sunday.

8. Matryoshka (Russian nested doll)

The name «Matryoshka» comes from «Matryona» — an old-fashioned Russian female name. A legend has it that in the late 19th century Moscow artisans Vassiliy Zvezdochkin and Sergey Malyutin saw a Japanese toy «fukuruma» composed of several figurines hidden one inside the other. They made similar dolls representing Russian boys and girls (the last one was a baby) and richly decorated them with beautiful ornaments. The success was so great that in the 1900s matryoshkas were ordered not only from all over Russia, but also from Paris and Leipzig. It seems like a glimpse into childhood, opening the doll to discover there’s one more, and then one more again and so on; the number of hidden dolls can vary from 10 to 50. The biggest matryoshka in history was made for an international expo in Tokyo and contained 70 figurines.

Russian gift shops offer exquisitely decorated nested dolls of nearly all sizes and imaginable designs — from traditional large-eyed beauties in colorful clothes to comic portraits of the famous Russian pop-stars and statesmen. Depending on price and design, they may serve as children’s toys or luxury interior decorations. Innumerable matryoshkas densely populate Arbat and the adjacent streets. You can find a good selection at the «Russian Souvenirs» shop, open 24/7.

9. Orenburg Shawls

Tender and as thin as cobweb, Orenburg shawls will remind you of the era of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. These garments are highly appreciated throughout Russia for their romantic beauty, softness and warmth that helped Russian ladies, back in the old days, to survive severe winters in style. The quality hand-knitted Orenburg shawl also became the subject of a folk song much loved by the older generation. Any woman will be pleased to be wrapped in this fine piece of woolen lace, largely seen as a sign of love and affection. No doubt, this elegant and useful gift will be duly appreciated! The traditional color of Orenburg shawls is white or grey, however, nowadays they are also available in a wide range of colors.

The shawls may be found at nearly all major gift and souvenir shops in downtown Moscow. For a larger choice, visit a specialized store at 1 Don Street, lobby of hotel «Academic», which is only 3 minutes walk from a subway station towards Leninist boulevard. The shop works daily from 9 AM to 8 PM. The shawls cost from $100 to $300.

10. Krasnaya Moskva Perfume

«Krasnaya Moskva» («Red Moscow») is a Russian-made perfume with history. Along with the red flag and portrait of Gagarin, this is a symbol of the Soviet era, especially for ladies. Created in 1913 by Henri Brocard, an outstanding Moscow perfumer of French origin, it was known initially under the name «The Empresses’ Bouquet» and was dedicated to Maria Fyodorovna (Danish princess Dagmar), mother of Nikolay II, the last emperor of Russia. Following the Bolshevik Revolution, the Brocard perfumery was renamed to «Novaya Zarya» («The New Dawn»), and its chef-d-oeuvre also received a new name — Red Moscow. It is said to have been much loved by the Russian 1930s-40s movie star, Lyubov Orlova, and the first lady-cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. Even today, the design of Red Moscow bottle stays the same as it was at the outset of the Soviet era, much as its popularity with the Russian women — strong as ever. The perfume has a rich and long-lasting fragrance with the opening notes of neroli and bergamot, jasmine and rose, and the basic notes of ilang-ilang, followed by the trail composed of iris, vanilla and tonka beans.

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This sensual and feminine perfume is sold at «Novaya Zarya» factory stores located in the heart of Moscow. Limited editions of «Krasnaya Moskva» clad in a more sophisticated souvenir packaging can be found at the label store in Gostiny Dvor (4, Ilyinka str), which is close to the Kremlin and Red Square. Other shops of this popular brand are located at 12, Nikitsky Avenue and 43, Arbat street.

Novaya Zarya, Gostiny Dvor
Address: 4, Ilyinka street

Novaya Zarya
Address: 12, Nikitsky Avenue

Novaya Zarya
Address: 43, Arbat street

11. Furs

«Soft gold» — this is how the Russians poetically refer to furs. No wonder since for many centuries furs were historically used as currency along with golden and silver coins and made up a premium export item. Hunt used to be one of the most important sources of income in this country, rich in dense forests, and when Siberia joined the Moscow kingdom in the 16th century, Russia received, along with the mines of ordinary gold, vast quantities of the soft one. For a long time, fur was not a luxury item, but a bare necessity to survive the severe Russian climate. Even today, to present your wife with a fur-coat of mink, sable or polar fox fur is considered a sign of deep spousal attachment and care, as wearing furs is the best way to feel comfortable and look sexy. It makes no sense trying to list all the kinds of fur produced in Russia — from lambskin to precious ermines. A full-length fur coat will cost from $2000 to $10,000 depending on fur and its quality.

It is most reasonable to buy furs at the fur factory «Russky Meh» (10, Dokukina street) in the north of Moscow. The store is open daily from 10 AM till 9 PM. Otherwise, you can visit the fur salon «Tri Lva» (Three Lions) at GUM in Red Square (the working hours are the same).

Russky Meh
Address: 10, Dokukina street
Operation Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10AM-9PM

Tri Lva (Three Lions), GUM in Red Square
Address: 3, Red Square
Operation Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10AM-9PM

12. Dymkovo Toys


13. Valenki (felted boots)


No shoes will keep your feet so warm in severe winter cold as the famous «valenki», specially made of felted wool to be worn in thirty to forty degrees below zero, when ordinary boots fail to protect you. The first felted boots in history were supposed to be worn by the nomads of the Great Steppe more than a thousand years ago. The peak of their popularity in Russia fell on the 19th and the early 20th centuries. Moreover, valenki still make part of the winter uniform of the Russian army; back in the World War II, they helped Russian soldiers overcome bitter frost during the ferocious Stalingrad battle. For several decades after the war, valenki were generally considered old-fashioned country footwear and were worn in the city only in the coldest weather. Now the situation is strikingly different: felt boots are back in fashion and make a source of inspiration for footwear designers who provide the valenki with rubber soles to make them serve longer. Today’s valenki are made in different colors and decorated with leather, crystals and embroidery. It is a unique gift for keen fashion-lovers you will find nowhere else.

If you visit the Museum of Valenki (12, 2nd Kozhevnichesky pass), you will find there not only old and modern designs, but also have a chance to participate in felting master-class and try to make felted boots yourself! This extraordinary museum works on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 17 PM. Don’t forget to visit the museum store! Other places where you can acquire valenki are Arbat and the gift stalls between Red and Theatre squares.

14. Vodka

The Russian vodka hardly needs any presentation, and is considered Russia’s #1 drink all over the world. Back in the 15th century, however, the term «vodka» applied to any spirit made of wheat, herbs, honey, fruit or berries, and it wasn’t until the 19th century that vodka acquired its modern composition and taste. Today, vodka is a traditional element in many cocktails and, what is more important, a quick remedy to warm oneself up from inside after spending a long time in the cold. It makes an exceptionally good company to caviar. There is a popular belief that one shot of vodka considerably increases mental activity — something one cannot say about drinking a whole bottle at a time.

Unlike Norway or Finland, vodka in Russia is sold at any food store any time. The most popular labels are “Russkiy Standart”, “Putinka”, “Gzhelka”, “Kalashnikov”, and “Zhuravli”. Some vodka brands are sold in exclusive souvenir bottles which will make, together with their content, a nice present to your friend, father or boss. As well as fur, vodka is not something to cut your costs on: the more expensive, the better. The price of high-quality vodka starts at $40 per liter. The best place to buy it is the previously mentioned Yeliseevsky shop.

25 Best Souvenirs & Gifts To Bring Home From Russia

Travelers always want to bring home some souvenirs and gifts that will remind them of their trip.

I personally love getting souvenirs from each place that I’m visiting. Something unique about the place you visit – to keep the best memories and never forget them ^_^.

Check out my travel backpack, I get a patch from every country that I visit. How cool is that?!

Russia is home to several artists so you can expect to see some of the best artworks and handicrafts displayed in the streets. These things are actually the most popular Russian souvenirs that you can take home and distribute to friends and family members as a gift.

Aside from these handicrafts, there are several other interesting things that you can buy in Russia as a memento of your trip. These are things that you can rarely find in your home country and in other parts of the world. Please, take a look at this list of the 25 best Russian gifts and souvenirs that you can bring home from Russia.

1. Matryoshka Dolls

The Matryoshka Dolls are also called the Russian nesting dolls and are perhaps among the most popular souvenirs from Russia. The dolls are available in various traditional styles. You will find pretty ones that are dressed in colorful floral dresses and beautiful headscarves. They have whimsical designs and are intricately painted.

This is the perfect souvenir for little girls or even for your adult women friends since it will make a great decoration for the living room.

2. Vodka

Vodka is so common in Russia that it’s almost like drinking water (I’m joking, it’s actually one of the stereotypes). Even if you aren’t a big drinker, there is a high chance that you are going to taste the wonderful beverage at some point during your Russian trip. Sure, you can get vodka anywhere in the world but there is nothing like getting a bottle of Russia’s famous beverage from the source country.

This powerful alcoholic drink runs deep in Russian culture and makes for a fine souvenir if not for yourself then for a friend or family member who enjoys a good drink. It is recommended to buy vodka at a big supermarket which will guarantee it’s quality.

I recommend you to buy one of the vodka brands you see below. These are cheap and really good vodka:

  • “Пять озер” (“Pyat Ozer”)

You can also buy the world-famous Russian vodka “Stolichnaya” or “Russian Standart” but I don’t think it’s as cool as getting one of the brands that locals drink.

3. Gzhel Ceramics

If you are interested in some house ware ceramics items, then you should consider buying the Gzhel souvenirs. This style of ceramics is over 200 years old and it is originated from the village of Gzhel. The most common of them are those that have a blue and white floral design and although you can find them all over the world now, it is really different if you get it from where it has originated from.

You can find beautiful Gzhel porcelain, bowls, tea sets and other housewares. They’ll look amazing at your home! It is my personal favorite souvenir from Russia!

4. Valenki

Valenki’s are popular boots made of felt that used to be worn during winter. You might not see them as much these days in cities but out in more remote areas, you can still see valenki’s being used, especially by kids.

Valenki’s represent a true part of Russian culture both for the unique colors used and also as a reminder of the harsh winters one can experience in Russia. Make sure to get a pair of these “Russian UGGS” for yourself or someone else as a gift from Russia.

5. Caviar

If you aren’t an expert on caviar, then you may be surprised to know that Russia produces some of the finest caviar in the world. Just like there are exquisite varieties of Olive Oil from Spain and Italy, Russia produces a variety of different caviar, the highlight being the Beluga caviar.

Caviar represents a huge part of the Russian diet and you can get a jar of red caviar for as little as $10 making for a small, cheap and truly authentic souvenir to bring back home.

6. Orthodox icons

One of the main aspects of Russian culture is the prominence of Orthodox Christianity, the country’s main religion. You may not be religious, but one of the most authentic souvenirs you could bring back would be some form of an Orthodox icon.

Whether you want something as simple as a wooden egg with the painting of the Holy Mary or large wooden framed picture of Mary and Jesus, taking an Orthodox icon with you makes for a great souvenir from Russia.

7. Palekh

Russians are known for their tradition of painting on wood. This dates back to the 12 th century but still, you will find that a lot of Russians are still into it, especially those that live in the villages of Palekh, Kholuy, Mstyora and Fedoskino. Most of these artworks come in the form of painted boxes that are made of wood.

You will find a lot of them displayed along the streets of St. Petersburg and they have become very popular among tourists from all over the world.

8. Starbucks mugs

Okay, this may seem like a really touristy thing to do but who cares? You’re on vacation after all and there is nothing cooler than bringing a Russian themed Starbucks mug back home. Your friends would love that as a gift!

Starbucks mugs make for fantastic souvenirs as you will most likely be using them regularly to drink your coffee. Is there a better way to remind yourself of a great time you spent in Russia?

9. Communist era military souvenirs

If you want something interesting and unique to bring home to friends, the communist era military uniforms would be a great choice. They come in the form of Soviet Army hats, uniforms, pins, medals, etc. You can now find several of them that are being sold at very reasonable prices and can be bought cheaply especially if you haggle.

10. Khokhloma

Khokhloma is a Russian village near Nizhny Novgorod that is popular for producing traditional Russian tableware. These days, you will find some companies in Russia that have been adapting this tradition and have created their own modern version of the tableware.

This work of art will surely amaze you since the tableware is painted with very delicate floral patterns and are painted with festive coloring. So if you want a beautiful decoration piece for your home, then this would be a perfect choice.

11. Dymkovo toys

Dymkovo toys or Vyatka toys are souvenirs from my hometown – Kirov. These typical Russian toys are molded out of clay. They are usually molded figures of people or animals and represent one of the oldest aspects of Russian handicraft. Dymkovo toys are no longer all that popular due to the rise of mass-produced plastic toys but they represent a part of Russian history that would have otherwise been forgotten.

What’s great about buying these little toys as a souvenir is how exquisite the color patterns are. They will make for a lovely addition to your living room shelves.

12. Fur Hats

Arnold Schwarzenegger wearing Russian fur hat in the movie “Red Heat”.

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Although you can pretty much find fur hats being sold in various countries worldwide, the Russian fur hats are something different. If you have seen those classic films set in Russia (like “Red Heat”), then you will certainly notice those elegant fur hats worn by stylish men and women.

13. Honey from Siberia

With the richness of wild nature, Siberia produces some of the purest and highest quality honey in the world. While they may not be that well known for it, the Altai region in Siberia makes amazing raw honey and they are far easier and cheaper to buy in Russia than anywhere else in the world.

Given that bees are dying out and good honey is harder to find and pricier to obtain these days, take advantage of the fact that you are in Russia and pick up a few jars of the good stuff.

14. Balalaika

A Balalaika is a wooden string instrument that looks like a guitar with a triangular base. There is a whole host of Balalaika instruments with each one varying in size and pitch. The use of Balalaika remains common today but it really is a reflection of old Russian folk music which dates back to as far as the 19th century.

Impress your friends at the next dinner party when you bust out this interesting looking guitar that you bought from Russia.

15. Sports souvenirs

Sports dominates Russian culture and one of the best souvenirs you can pick up in a foreign country is some sort of sports souvenir. The most popular sport in Russia is football so a jersey from a popular football club like Spartak Moscow or Zenit Saint Petersburg would be a good start. If you don’t fancy football (soccer), then consider picking up a very cool ice hockey jersey of the Russian national team.

For those that don’t like jerseys, a souvenir from the 2020 FIFA World Cup or from the 2020 Sochi Winter Olympic games wouldn’t be a bad choice either.

16. Cheburashka

Every country seems to have a popular childhood character whether that’s Winnie the Pooh or the Little Mermaid. In Russia, Cheburashka dominates the world of children’s literature. Also known as Topple, this little animal which kind of looks like a monkey is a national icon in Russia.

You would be shortchanging yourself if you don’t pick up at least a little Cheburashka doll to take back with you as it is a huge part of their mainstream culture.

17. Replicas of Faberge Easter eggs

You are probably familiar with the Faberge Easter Eggs – that piece of artwork created by Russian jeweler Karl Gustav Faberge. The jeweler is from St. Petersburg and he created this beautiful masterpiece for the Imperial family of Russia.

These days, you will find a lot of replicas of that famous masterpiece being sold all over Russia. These are beautiful eggs that are made from gold or silver and are adorned with crystals, pearls, ivory, jade, diamonds, rubies, etc. The price would vary depending on what the eggs are made of.

18. Amber jewelry

Amber jewelry is another popular souvenir that you can buy in Russia. What’s great about buying these is that you can simply tuck it away on your carry on. They usually come in silver and have golden and green drops of fossilized tree resins that will greatly remind you of Russia.

These are also great gifts for loved ones and can even serve as heirloom jewelry if you just take a good care of it.

19. Podstakannik

This bizarre looking object will seem like a metallic mug that kings used to drink from to the untrained eye. Known as a Podstakannik, this mug is actually a tea glass holder which is used to hold a drinking glass. They were produced in masses during the Soviet era and today they are a traditional way of serving tea in Russia.

No souvenir is complete without some sort of drinking utensil so why not bring back this unique object and make your next tea party something special.

20. Pavloposadskie scarves

Pavloposadskie scarves are known for their reflection of traditional Russian fashion and elegance. They are a traditional accessory that Russian women use to cover their shoulders or used as headwear or wrapped around their waist. The name comes from the town of Pavlovsky Posad, a tiny town near Moscow where the scarves are produced.

This elegant and comfortable scarf is an authentic piece of Russian clothing and one of the most beautiful items you can pick up in Russia.

21. Military/pilot watches

Russia has a long history of producing some of the best military and pilot watches in the world. While they may not be as famous as Swiss watches, big brands like Vostok and Volmax are now making a name for themselves all over the world.

In Russia, you can find everything from new models to old school vintage models at a reasonable price. Shop around and find yourself a truly unique accessory that will function as more than just another souvenir.

22. Birch bark souvenirs

The bark of the birch tree is actually being used all over Russia. You will find decorative folk crafts that are made from the bark, such as hairpins, boxes, picture frames, etc.

You will surely appreciate the intricacy of the design. These are very beautiful creations that come with lace-like detail, something that you can rarely find in other countries.

23. Bogorodskoe wooden toys

Russians are fond of creating artwork out of wood, and the Bogorodskoe wooden toys are among their best masterpieces. They are great souvenirs for your little ones.

These are tiny strings and ball toys that come with sliding mechanisms which cause the bears to grab for honey or the peasants to chop firewood. These are very whimsical toys that your kids will certainly love.

24. Russian chocolate

Belgium may have the biggest reputation for fine chocolate but Russian chocolates are up there too. Russia makes a host of fantastic chocolates from dark chocolate to sweeter varieties. You may be a little overwhelmed when you see the huge range of chocolates available in Russia so try to ask around for a recommendation or take the risk and pick out a handful. I highly recommend you to try the famous Russian chocolate “Alenka” and “Babayevsky”.

As a novelty, Russian chocolates have some of the most unique packagings around. Some are so pretty you may not even want to eat the thing and keep the chocolate just for display.

25. Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky books

No serious lover or literature can have a conversation about books without bringing up legendary Russian authors Leo Tolstoy or Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Getting a copy of their books is not a problem in any part of the world but there is nothing cooler to add to your bookshelf than an authentic Russian print of “War and Peace” or the “Brother’s Karamazov”.

You will be surprised at just how different the book covers look in Russia as opposed to the stock standard version you may see in any other book shop at your home country.

As you can see, there are plenty of really cool souvenirs and gifts that you can bring home from Russia. When you get to the country, you will realize that there are indeed a lot of interesting things that can make great gifts and souvenirs, which your friends and family will certainly love.

Ten Things Never to Say or Do in Russia

Sometimes, knowing what NOT to do is even more important if you want to fit in or at least produce a good impression. Read on to find out about ten Russian social taboos.

Don’t come to visit empty-handed

If you’re invited over for dinner, or just for a visit, don’t come to a Russian house with nothing. What you bring doesn’t really matter — a box of chocolates, flowers, or a small toy for a child. Russian hosts prepare for company by cooking their best dishes and buying delicacies that they normally wouldn’t for themselves. If, after all this effort, a guest shows up without even a flower, Russians believe he doesn’t care.

Don’t leave your shoes on in someone’s home

Russian apartments are covered in rugs. Often, they’re expensive Persian rugs with intricate designs, which aren’t cleaned as easily as traditional American carpeting. Besides, Russians walk a lot through dusty streets, instead of just stepping from the car directly into the home. For these reasons, and also because this tradition has gone on for centuries, Russians take off their street shoes when they enter private residencies. The host usually offers a pair of tapochki (tah-puhch-kee; slippers); if you go to a party, women usually bring a pair of nice shoes to wear inside. And again, if you fail to take your shoes off, nobody will say anything. But sneak a peek: Are you the only person wearing your snow-covered boots at the dinner table?

Don’t joke about the parents

Russians aren’t politically correct. Go ahead and tell an anyekdot (uh-neek-doht; joke) based on ethnicity, appearance, or gender stereotypes; just steer clear of jokes about somebody’s mother or father. You won’t be understood.

Don’t toast with “Na Zdorov’ye!”

People who don’t speak Russian usually think that they know one Russian phrase: a toast, Na Zdorov’ye! Little do they know that Na Zdorov’ye! (nuh zdah-rohv’-ee; for health) is what Russians say when somebody thanks them for a meal. In Polish, indeed, Na Zdorov’ye! or something close to it, is a traditional toast. Russians, on the other hand, like to make up something long and complex, such as, Za druzhbu myezhdu narodami! (zah droozh-boo myezh-doo nuh-roh-duh-mee; To friendship between nations!) If you want a more generic Russian toast, go with Za Vas! (zuh vahs; To you!)

Don’t take the last shirt

A Russian saying, otdat’ poslyednyuyu rubashku (aht-daht’ pahs-lyed-nyu-yu roo-bahsh-koo; to give away one’s last shirt), makes the point that you have to be giving, no matter what the expense for yourself. In Russia, offering guests whatever they want is considered polite. Those wants don’t just include food or accommodations; old-school Russians offer you whatever possessions you comment on, like a picture on the wall, a vase, or a sweater.

Now, being offered something doesn’t necessarily mean you should take it. Russians aren’t offering something because they want to get rid of it; they’re offering because they want to do something nice for you. So, unless you feel that plundering their home is a good idea, don’t just take things offered to you and leave. Refuse first, and do so a couple of times, because your hosts will insist. And only accept the gift if you really want this special something, but then return the favor and give your hosts something nice, as well.

Don’t underdress

Russians dress up on more occasions than Americans do. Even to go for a casual walk, a Russian woman may wear high heels and a nice dress. A hardcore feminist may say women do this because they’re victimized and oppressed. But Russian women themselves explain it this way, “We only live once; I want to look and feel my best.”

On some occasions, all foreigners, regardless of gender, run the risk of being the most underdressed person in the room. These occasions include dinner parties and trips to the theater. Going to a restaurant is also considered a festive occasion, and you don’t want to show up in your jeans and T-shirt, no matter how informal you think the restaurant may be. In any case, checking on the dress code before going out somewhere is a good idea.

Don’t go dutch

Here’s where Russians differ strikingly from Western Europeans. They don’t go Dutch. So, if you ask a lady out, don’t expect her to pay for herself, not at a restaurant or anywhere else. You can, of course, suggest that she pay, but that usually rules out the possibility of seeing her again. She may not even have money on her. Unless they expect to run into a maniac and have to escape through the back exit, Russian women wouldn’t think of bringing money when going out with a man.

Don’t let a woman carry something heavy

This rule may make politically correct people cringe, but Russians believe that a man is physically stronger than a woman. Therefore, they believe a man who watches a woman carry something heavy without helping her is impolite.

Don’t overlook the elderly on public transportation

When Russians come to America and ride public transportation, they’re very confused to see young people sitting when an elderly person is standing nearby. They don’t understand that in America, an elderly person may be offended when offered a seat. In Russia, if you don’t offer the elderly and pregnant women a seat on a bus, the entire bus looks at you as if you’re a criminal. Women, even (or especially) young ones, are also offered seats on public transportation. But that’s optional. Getting up and offering a seat to an elderly person, on the other hand, is a must.

Don’t burp in public

Bodily functions are considered extremely impolite in public, even if the sound is especially long and expressive, and the author is proud of it.

Moreover, if the incident happens (we’re all human), don’t apologize. By apologizing, you acknowledge your authorship, and attract more attention to the fact. Meanwhile, Russians, terrified by what just happened, pretend they didn’t notice, or silently blame it on the dog. Obviously, these people are in denial. But if you don’t want to be remembered predominantly for this incident, steer clear of natural bodily functions in public.

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