You’ve just landed on another Russian language learning blog. But unlike other blogs, I try to:
1) Focus on those students who are just beginning to learn Russian and need clarifications on almost everything.
2) Keep posts short (nobody likes to read 2 paragraphs stretched across 3 pages. Do you?).
3) Include mostly pictures (that pretty colourful stuff your eyes like).
4) Make it all funny – have a bit of laugh here and be serous elsewhere.
This blog cannot of course replace serious learning but can motivate daily rather well. Subscribe for free to my motivational posts or just browse around! If you would like to arrange a lesson via Skype, learn more about pricing and feel free to contact me eugenia at eu-trans.co.uk!
If you’re tired of reading this and want to speak Russian straight away, try for example this post. If you still have questions, read below or email me.
Ooops, I have found a typo in this blog!
Well done but I normally find more than one!
I speak only English and not sure if I am good at languages. Can I learn Russian?
Sure. There are quite a few striking differences between these languages (in Russian we for example don’t say “I have…” but rather “By me there is…”, we don’t say “My name is Sarah” but “They call me Sarah (our real names must be kept in secret, yeah?), we don’t say “2 cats, 3 cats” but “2 of cat, 3 of cat” and when we are silent we keep our tongue in the very bottom of the mouth unlike native English speakers who point it upwards and we also hide lots of words from foreigners refraining to put them in dictionaries to confuse people), otherwise – it is quite a manageable language (you checked the tongue thing, didn’t you?).
I want to take 1 lesson a month and hate homework. Will I speak fluently in 3 months?
No. Fluency is earned on a daily basis unless you were lucky to be born in Russia and spend there many years!
What is the key to success?
To learn Russian every day, at least a bit per day, trying to find what interests you the most (it is a fact that enjoying makes studying more productive). It is also important to study realistic things. How often in English do you say “This is a table”, “My pen is red”, “What does he do every day? – He works in a factory with enthusiasm. – Why? – Because he is a real shock-worker!” and alike?
Can I open a dictionary and start learning word by word?
Surprisingly, but many students take this approach. Unfortunately, this won’t advance you. The better we know a word, the more connections it has in our brain. So to learn a word we must create connections between this word and other words, to use it in context. Of course if you read or listen night and day to random isolated words, you might remember a few of them but it would be hard to control them and you would not be able to use them in sentences “automatically”. They would make up your “passive vocabulary”. It is like having an umbrella but leaving it at home on a rainy day.
What are all these pictures in black frames about?
Obviously, learning zero-value words and structures is useless. It is better to focus on something you will really need, especially if you cannot be a full-time student anymore. Most students want to master colloquial Russian as fast as possible to speak in everyday situations. Therefore, I try to find examples from “real language” with structures and words people really use. These pictures are a good source of them. Often they are a response to a particular event (political, cultural, etc) of the day created by ordinary people. You can find lots of similar humorous or inspirational pictures on the Internet.