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Previously, we talked about work and jobs. What we haven't talked about though is loosing a job. Here're some Russian words and phrases to help you talk about this unpleasant and uneasy situation. 

уволить (oo-VOH-lit') - to fire (someone);
уволиться (oo-VOH-lit-sya) - to quit, to leave a job;
уволиться по собственному желанию (oo-VOH-lit-sya pa-SOHB-stven-na-moo zhi-LAH-niyu) - to leave a job at one's own request;
быть уволенным (byt-oo-VOH-li-nym) - to get the sack;
сокращение штата (sak-ra-SCHYE-niye SHTAH-ta) - staff reduction;
попасть под сокращение (pa-PAHST' pad-sak-ra-SCHYE-niye) - to be dismissed on grounds of redundancy;
закрыть проект (zak-RYT pra-YEKT) - to close/stop a project;
заявление об уходе (za-yav-LYE-niye ap-oo-KHOH-di) - resignation;
компенсация (kam-pin-SAH-tsiya) - compensation;
персональные рекомендации (pyer-sa-NAHL-niye RYE-ka-min-DAH-tsyi) - personal recommendations.

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Do you know that most of the European languages belong to three broad groups: Germanic, Romance and Slavic? Take this quiz to learn more interesting facts about languages.

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Today is the European Languages day - Европейский День Языков - (yev-ra-PEY-skiy DEN' ya-zy-KOV). It was established in 2001 and is celebrated in 47 European countries including Russia. Although Russian is not one of the official languages of the EU, it is widely spoken in some member states.

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When you work, you also usually have the following:

рабочий день (ra-BOH-chy dyen) - workday
обеденный перерыв (a-BYE-di-ny pi-ri-RYV) - lunch break
выходной/ выходные (vy-khad-NOY/ vy-khad-NYE) - day off/ days off
отпуск (OHT-poosk) - vacation, holidays
отгул (AHT-gool) - compensatory leave, day off
больничный (bal-NYCH-ny) - sick leave 
зарплата (zar-PLAH-ta) - salary
коллега (ka-LYE-ga) - a colleague (both, f. and m.)
сотрудник (sat-ROOD-nik) - worker, employee
начальник (na-CHAHL-nik) - boss
начальство (na-CHAL-stva) - bosses, the higher-ups

(an old Soviet poster: “Congratulations on getting the new salary!”)

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Most of us have jobs - работа (ra-BOH-ta). What's your job like? Here are some Russian words and expressions you might find useful when describing your job to others:

любимая (lyu-BEE-maya) работа - the work/job you like
нелюбимая (ni-lyu-BEE-maya) работа - the work/job you don’t like
ненавистная (ni-na-VEEST-na-ya) работа - the work/job you hate
скучная (SKOOCH-na-ya) работа - a boring job
работа в радость (ra-BOH-ta f-RAH-dast) - a job that’s a joy
каторга (KAH-tar-ga) - drudgery
низкооплачиваемая (NEES-ka-ap-LAH-chi-va-ye-ma-ya) работа - a low-paid job
высокооплачиваемая (vy-SOH-ka-ap-LAH-chi-va-ye-ma-ya) работа - a high-paying job
непыльная (ni-PYL-na-ya) работа - an easy job that doesn’t require much skill
физический труд (fi-ZEE-chis-ky troot) - physical, manual labour
умственный труд (OOM-stvye-ny troot) - intellectual work

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Artists, poets, musicians and writers are often inspired by the season of Autumn. Here are some of the things that they find inspiring: краски осени (KRAHS-ki OH-si-ni) - the colours of autumn, запахи осени (ZAH-pa-khi OH-si-ni) - the smells of autumn, вкусы осени (FKOO-sy OH-si-ni), осеннее небо (a-SYEN-nie NYE-ba) - autumn skies, and even дождь (dozhd) - rain! Everyone has their own associations with this season. A famous Russian rock bank "ДДТ" wrote a song called "Что такое осень?", which is translated as "What is autumn?". Listen to the song and their answer to the question!

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If you've fallen ill due to changeable autumn weather, you might need to go the pharmacy and buy medicine your doctor prescribed. Check out this lesson and you won't be lost for words. And get better!

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Most shops in major Russian cities take credit cards. But if you stumble upon one that doesn't or if you love the feel of cash in your wallet, ATMs are readily available virtually at every corner and today's episode of "A Little Bit of Russian" is all about using them.

ATM - банкомат (bahn-ka-MAHT)
card - карта (KAHR-ta)
receipt - чек (chek)
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