Three pieces of advice on learning Russian by our teacher Olga Eliseeva
- Posted by: Enjoy Russian
- Category: Russian language
Russian language school “Enjoy Russian” teachers are always ready to give you a piece of advice on ways of studying Russian. Olga Eliseeva has been working in our school for several years already. She is an inspired tutor who considers teaching as creative process. Here are her three pieces of advice on learning Russian!
Make friends with a Russian (it may be a pen or e-mail friend)
Find a friendly Russian at your university or neighborhood. You can as well try to find people ready to help you learn Russian and in return, teach them your mother tongue. Then, you can either practice online (private messages or chat room) or offline during tandem sessions or language exchange meetings. You can discuss any topic you like and practice free and at the time which is suitable for you.
Learn Russian through immersion
Learning Russian through immersion, you learn to let your fears go. You have to speak the language, or else you suffer isolation. Soon you become less afraid of making mistakes, you open yourself to conversation. At the same time you become acquainted with the way Russian is spoken in “real life”. And you learn aspects of language that cannot be replicated in a classroom. You learn much more about the pronunciation and the intonation.
Read books with marked stress position
All vowels in Russian may have up to three different possible pronunciations depending on their position in relation to the stressed syllable. However, once you know where to put the stress, you also know how to pronounce the word properly. For that reason, there are students textbooks with texts written with an additional acute accent above vowels to denote stress.
By Olga Eliseeva, Russian language teacher