How to Learn Russian
Self-study Principles, Tips and Advice
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mostly beginners - wishing to have a thorough understanding of the Russian language. Let's start with the basic principles of organizing
a self-study process and continue with helpful advice for beginners.
Basic principles of
organizing a self-study process
- Allot certain time for learning
Russian language (in the morning or evening) and keep your
schedule. Study every day, even if you have a little time for a
lesson. Make no more than one day off a week.
- Try to include an element of game
and entertainment into your studies. Do not consider them a
necessity or burden.
- The best lesson is a 60-90-minute
lesson with a 5-10-minute break. It is good to make a 15-minute
review of what you learned in 6-9 hour's time after your Russian
lesson spoken language translation beginners.
- Make your place of studying as
comfortable as possible. Pleasant background will put you in the
mood for studying.
- Use and combine all your senses:
sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.
- Remember your objective and stick
to it. Pay special attention to those types of speech that you
need mostly (writing, spoken language, etc.).
- Practice your language skills when
the opportunity occurs. Practice every moment you have to spare.
- Try not to accelerate the pace
that you found optimal, as this can worsen your results.
- Praise yourself for achievements.
- Don't miss an opportunity to learn
the history, economy, literature, geography, arts, and culture of
the country bearing the language that you are learning.
Advice for beginners
- Before you start learning a
foreign language, prepare one text-book, two dictionaries, one
phrase-book, and some simple works of fiction.
- Study the text-book thoroughly.
Miss no one exercise. When making translations, leave space for
corrections. Work at all the mistakes you make.
- Begin to read adopted literature
as soon as possible. Write out new words and phrases, but those
only which you plan to use in the future.
- Collect all your questions about
the language and ask native speakers or teachers to answer them.
Also ask them to correct your mistakes.
Index of lessons in the series
- How to Learn Russian
How to Learn Russian: Self-study Process
- How to Learn Russian: Pronunciation
- How to Learn Russian: Grammar
- How to Learn Russian: Listening and Reading
- How to Learn Russian: Speaking and Writing
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