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Ti Govorish Po Russki?

Hey everybody!

This week we had to complete at least two audio assignments worth a total of 5 stars. This is my second one and when I saw it I knew I was pretty much obligated to do it!

The Assignment

The assignment can be found HERE, it is worth 2.5 stars and the exact instructions are to:
“Find a good, brief joke in a language other than your mother tongue; if you don’t know any other languages this might be a good way to start learning. Record your voice telling the joke focusing on pronunciation and try to make it sound as natural as you can with appropriate vocal inflections. Add a (cc) music track underneath (maybe from and a laugh track ( is a good source) at the end.”

The Work

The Story

I went on to google to try and find a good Russian joke and I did find many but the problem with some Russian jokes is that they include cursing and I didn’t really want to do that on a blog! Who knows, maybe my mom will see this. I have to say though that I find Russian jokes funnier than American jokes. For some reason, they have so much more…depth behind them? Plus, the Russian language is extremely diverse in my opinion. Telling jokes is like an art of how well a person can use  and twist words of a language into something profoundly funny and thought-provoking at the same time.

Here is the joke I used:”Новость: Латвия построит на границе с Россией забор от мигрантов длиной 90 км
И далее объяснения, что к ним из России бегут … вьетнамцы.
А по-моему, если вьетнамец до латвийской границы через Гималаи добежал – так забор он просто перепрыгнет!”

It roughly translates to: “News, Latvia is going to build a 90 kilometer fence on its border with Russia. They further explain this is due to the fact that Vietnamese people are crossing into Latvia from Russia. Well, if a Vietnamese got to Latvia by going over the Himalayan Mountains, he can probably just jump over the border!” Yes, Russian jokes often include racial concepts and hints.

The Process

I found my joke on google and downloaded a sound of a laughing crowd from FreeSound. The music I used in the background is by Kevin Macleod, a fantastic composer who creates music for royalty free use as long as he is credited. The song I used is called “Carefree” and you can find his other compositions HERE. In Audacity, I recorded my voice, added some music, and added the laughter sound clip at the end. I compressed my voice for more clarity and de-amplified the music so that it plays in the background but doesn’t overthrow my voice. Below is a video of how I did it (with a few stupid mistakes).

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  1. Miranda Elliott Miranda Elliott

    While listening to your Russian joke, I thought that you could speak the language really well! It made me wonder if you actually already knew the Russian language that’s why it sounded so natural when you spoke it. But from reading your blog, you said you had google the Russian joke and you thought the language was complex, so i’m assuming you do not know the language. I enjoyed listening to your audio assignment.

    • admin admin

      Hi Miranda!!

      Thank you for listening and enjoying! I actually DO speak Russian. I had to look up the joke because I didn’t know any jokes off hand. 🙂 I still think the language can be rather complex when compared to English..but honestly, i’m currently learning French and I think it is extremely complex as well! So for me, all languages are complex.


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