How to Learn Russian
Improve Your Russian Pronunciation
Accurate pronunciation is vital when speaking a foreign language. It
creates the first impression of how you speak the language and has a
profound effect on how easily people understand you when you speak.
Yet, accurate pronunciation allows to make differences which native
speakers do, so you will be able to make out foreign speech that
usually seems to be so indecipherable.
To acquire accurate Russian
pronunciation is difficult. The following advice should give you an
idea of how to achieve the task.
- Sounds play an important role in
your ability to speak clearly. Pay special attention to the
position of speech organs used to produce sounds. Look for
diagrams of speech organs in the phonetic section of your
- Train your pronunciation
intensively for the first 3-4 months of studying a foreign
language until you are able to produce foreign sounds
automatically and easily.
- Compare Russian sounds with those
of your native language and note the difference. Remember the
position of speech organs that makes the sound different.
- Use a mirror to correct the
position of your tongue and lips characteristic of the particular
sound. Watch foreign films without translation paying attention to
how sounds are pronounced.
- Pay attention to accurate word
stress and intonation. Listen to foreign speakers as much as
possible focusing on intonation rather than meaning.
- Listen to radio and TV broadcast
and repeat phrases said by the announcer. This will develop your
listening skills so you can identify foreign sounds, words and
- It is also important that you
develop your speaking skills. Read out half-page excerpts
repeatedly to practice intonation and rhythm, learn to accurately
produce word stress and link words together consistently.
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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