Not only is music the international language, it's also a great way to learn a foreign language! Listening to music in Russian can help improve your listening, your vocabulary and even your grammar - the lyrics will get stuck in your head in the correct cases and conjugations.
In this post, we'll look at three popular Russian artists who all have concerts in Saint Petersburg this month (Градусы, Ленинград and Баста). Get a taste of their music, read some of their lyrics in Russian with their translation, and find out where to buy tickets if you want to see them live.
Useful vocabulary for music
(музыкальная) группа - band
куплет - verse
припев - chorus
текст песни - lyrics (literally "text of song")
Formed in 2008, Graducy is a popular band from Stavropol. Their style can be described as a mix of pop-rock, disco, and R&B.
In this song, a man lists the things he likes about his girlfriend.
Нравится мне, когда ты голая по квартире ходишь, и несомненно заводишь.
Нравится мне, когда ты громко хохочешь, не важно днем или ночью - это нравится мне.
Нравится мне, когда мы смотрим с тобою фильмы, хоть они и дебильны и даже во сне.
Нравится мне, что ты с меня одеяло стянула, и меня даже продуло
I like it when you walk around the around the apartment naked, you turn me on!
I like it when you laugh loudly, it doesn't matter if it's night or day, I like it.
I like it when we watch films together even if they're bad and we fall asleep
I like that you pulled the covers off me even though I caught a cold
Я в этом фильме главный актёр, я - сценарист в нём, я - режиссёр.
Враг мой бойся меня, друг мой не отрекайся от меня
Нелюбимая, прости меня, любимая - люби меня.
I'm the main character in this film, I'm the screenwriter, I'm the director.
My enemy - fear me. My friend - don't renounce me. My unloved one - forgive me. My loved one - love me.
The controversial but popular band Leningrad, known for its vulgar and provocative lyrics, is celebrating 20 years as a band. The band is currently composed of 14 members. Male and female vocals, guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, tuba, accordion, keyboard, and saxophone all contribute to their complex sound. Several of Leningrad's songs were also in the soundtrack of the movie Everything is Illuminated (starring Elijah Wood).