Learn Russian through Stories! Welcome to the 1st episode of my new Russian Folk Tales lessons series where I’ll talk about the most popular Russian folk tales.
Do you know our shortest folk tale?

Жили-были дед да баба. И была у них Курочка Ряба.

Снесла курочка яичко, да не простое – золотое.

Дед бил – не разбил.

Баба била – не разбила.

А мышка бежала, хвостиком махнула, яичко упало и разбилось.

Плачет дед, плачет баба и говорит им Курочка Ряба:Не плачь, дед, не плачь, баба: снесу вам новое яичко не золотое, а простое!


There lived an old man and an old woman, and they had a hen called Ryaba. One day, the hen laid an egg — not a simple egg, but a golden one. The old man tried to break it, but could not break it, the old woman tried to break it, but could not. A mouse was running by, swayed its tail, the egg fell and broke. The old man is crying, the old woman is crying. “Don’t cry”, says Ryaba the hen, “I’ll lay you a new egg, not a golden egg, but a simple one”.

If you would like to check another video from this series Learn Russian with Russian Folk tales, please check my Youtube video lesson about Baba Yaga. There are a lot of videos on various topics. I’m sure there will be something, which is interesting to you 🙂

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