12Sentences.com is inspired by Tim Ferriss' grammar 'deconstruction' method from ‘The 4 Hour Chef' - his book on accelerated learning.


Tim's method includes having a native speaker translate sentences like 'I give John the apple' - to help decode the building blocks of a language.

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Tim's method includes having a native speaker translate sentences like 'I give John the apple' - to help decode the building blocks of a language.

Some kind language speakers have added their translations and recordings to this project. To suggest which languages to add next - vote in the poll.

Tim Ferriss' 12 Sentences to deconstruct 🇷🇺 Russian grammar

Translations by Evgeniy, a Native Russian speaker and teacher. He teaches Russian on his YouTube channel, and offers video lessons on his italki page.

1. The apple is red. Я́блоко кра́сное
2. It is John’s apple. Э́то я́блоко Джо́на
3. I give John the apple. Я даю́ Джо́ну я́блоко / Я даю́ я́блоко Джо́ну
4. We give him the apple. Мы даём ему́ я́блоко

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5. He gives it to John. Он даёт его́ Джо́ну.
6. She gives it to him. Она́ даёт его́ ему́.
7. Is the apple red? Э́то я́блоко кра́сное?
8. The apples are red. Я́блоки кра́сные.
9. I must give it to him. Я до́лжен дать е́го ему́.
10. I want to give it to her. Я хочу́ дать его́ ей.
11. I'm going to know tomorrow. Я узна́ю за́втра.
12. I can't eat the apple. Я не могу́ съесть э́то я́блоко
I have eaten the apple. Я съел э́то я́блоко.

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