Notice that some of the numbers end in a soft sign. If you listen carefully you will also notice that the way some of the numbers are pronounced differs from the way that they are spelled. This is particularly noticeable for vowels in unstressed syllables. Listen to all of the numbers again, paying attention to the end of each word ending in a soft sign and how the vowels are pronounced.
It may take some time before you can immediately associate the written form of a word with its pronunciation. Rest assured that if you keep listening and reading the words, it will become automatic.
You will hear a sequence of two numbers (for example: “one, two”). Listen to the numbers, then choose the correct sequence from the list.
Now you will hear a sequence of three numbers (for example: "one, two, three"). Listen to the numbers, then choose the correct number sequence from the list.
Most of you can’t imagine life without a mobile phone; Russians can’t either. US students often find when they arrive in Russia that their phones from home will not work there; this is partly because US cell phones operate at different frequencies and standards from those in most of Europe, and also because US companies usually “lock” phones so that they can be used only with that company. It is common for students to buy a phone and a pay-as-you-go SIM-card after arriving in Russia; fortunately, this is easy to do with your passport as ID, and it does not entail getting any sort of contract. Just as in the US, there are several companies that dominate the industry, including Мегафо́н, МТС and Била́йн.
The standard more official way to say mobile phone is моби́льный телефо́н. In conversation you may hear just моби́льный without the word телефо́н. Even more conversational is the word моби́льник – which you will hear our students say. There are several ways to say “phone number” – you have already seen that one can ask for a number by using either the word номер or the word телефон:Како́й ваш телефо́н? or Како́й ваш но́мер?