Most of people that study Russian and any other foreign language have a fear to speak
Especially it’s hard to start a conversation with a Russian speaking stranger in the street. You are afraid that people won’t understand you, won’t take time to hear you out, will laugh at your mistakes. There are lots of scary pictures coming up in your mind, but as Russians say У СТРАХА ГЛАЗА ВЕЛИКИ (fear has big eyes), your fear is usually much bigger that the problem that causes it. And the way to get rid of it is just to go and do what frightens you.
During the Russian course our students have lots of challenges
In class they are forced to speak all the time, express their opinion, using the vocabulary they know to solve some communication problem. They play charades, mafia, jeopardy, “Who wants to be a millionaire?” in Russian, discuss the most recent news, share their ideas. Our last summer group students were challenged to make a video of their interviews with 5 random people. They had to ask a simple question “Что вы делаете в свободное время?” (What do you do in your free time?). And these are their interviews:
Russian is much easier if you put it into use
Though it was not easy for the students to come up to strange people in the street, they managed to take amazing interviews and get to know some new interesting people. Try yourself if you are in Russia! Don’t be afraid to start speaking to people first and you’ll see how fast your Russian will get improved!
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